Over the coming months, the Department of Conservation will be working with film production company 3Foot7 to enable shooting for ‘The Hobbit’ where needed on public conservation land.
While exact details are to be finalised by 3Foot7, DOC has received indications of interest in filming on public conservation land in the Ruapehu, Nelson-Marlborough and Otago regions.
DOC looks forward to working with ‘The Hobbit’ team – just as we worked with 3Foot7 on the ‘Lord of the Rings’.
These projects are a tremendous opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s unique landscapes on a global stage. The international interest in these places help people see the value of conserving them, and also encourage visitors to come and see them for themselves.
While DOC understands the importance of projects like these to New Zealand, we also need to ensure that the environmental and cultural values of public conservation land are protected. That’s why we worked with the film industry to develop a code of practice for filming on public conservation land. These guidelines ensure that the benefits of film projects like ‘The Hobbit’ do not come at the cost of our natural sites and heritage.