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The hongi is a traditional Maori greeting. Noses are pressed together and the ha, or breath of life, is exchanged and intermingled. The hongi is an integral part of the powhiri (welcoming ceremony).
image credit: James Heremaia

 

New Zealand director Andrew Adamson first read the Chronicles as a child and was captured by the excitement and adventure of the new world Lewis portrayed.
Now 30 years later he has brought this enchanting world to life on the big screen, a world almost entirely filmed in his native country of New Zealand.
It is easy to see that this is a magical land, filled with magical people,’ he said.
This ‘magical land’ as Adamson calls it, was also the backdrop for ‘The Lord of The Rings’ trilogy and now New Zealand, the home of Middle-earth, is set to become Narnia.

 

 

 

 

Chronicles of Narnia in New Zealand


Let us design your wheelchair accessible vacation to visit one of New Zealand's many heart-stopping cinema landscapes.

A number of locations in New Zealand have now become part of The Chronicles of Narnia, (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe).

 

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Paradise was used to show the arrival of spring in Narnia. As the White Witch’s power began to recede, the landscape transformed from eternal winter into a world of verdant green. Paradise is close to Glenorchy, which is at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the Queenstown region. See NZ MAP


The Chronicles of Narnia, New Zealand Film Locations

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Woodhill Forest
An hour north-west of Auckland, the dark trees of Woodhill Forest were transformed into the dreaded camp of the White Witch of Narnia. The general area can be found by turning left onto Rimmer Road (signposted off State Highway 16 before Helensville). The forest also has a network of mountain bike trails for riders of all levels. For a delightful 30 minute diversion visit Muriwai Beach where the black sand and waves from the Tasman Sea are a favourite with surfers and vacationers. Otakamiro Point, at the southern end of the beach, is home to one of New Zealand's few mainland gannet breeding colonies.
The Great Battle - Flock Hill
Flock Hill is high in the Southern Alps of the South Island is an area of tortured rocks and dramatic valleys. This is where the scenes of the great battle for Narnia were filmed. Flock Hill is about 90 minutes from Christchurch on the Arthur's Pass Highway to Greymouth. Take your time and stop at Cave Stream Scenic Reserve by Broken River. The karst topography of limestone rocks seen from here and across Cave Stream is typical of the landscape that portrays Narnia.
flock hill New Zealand film location
barrier free new zealand vacations Aslan's Camp - Elephant Rocks
The ancient Elephant Rocks that sprout from the rolling hills near Duntroon in the Waitaki district of the South Island are Aslan's Camp. The historic town of Oamaru with its white limestone buildings is the ideal base for exploring the area. Close by is the Oamaru blue penguin colony (these are the smallest penguins in the world and can be viewed in their natural habitat). Oamaru is also home to the award winning Whitestone Cheese, the factory has an onsite café and shop allowing visitors to sample local produce and wine.
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he great castle of Cair Paravel on the Eastern Sea of Narnia was created by computer-generated imagery superimposed on the cliff tops of Purakaunui Bay in the Catlins, an area of spectacular coastal scenery.
South of Dunedin, the Catlins coast road from Balclutha towards Invercargill is a journey through dense rain forest and dramatic seascapes. Although the entire trip only takes a few hours, spreading the journey over a few days allows for a leisurely exploration of an area abundant in native flora and fauna.
   
Images credit of: Ian Brodie
 

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