New Zealand landscapes inspire Bollywood and beyond

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

New Zealand featuring in a list of top foreign places to shoot Bollywood movies.

The international film industry’s New Zealand love affair is well documented with picture perfect landscapes capturing the imagination and hearts of film stars, producers and movie-goers the world over. And, with New Zealand featuring in a list of top foreign places to shoot Bollywood movies, it seems that Indian film-makers and their audiences are in agreement. The diversity of New Zealand culture and landscapes first caught the attention of Bollywood film makers with the 2008 movie, Love Has No Language.

The striking landscapes, snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes of Queenstown took centre-stage once again with the Bollywood smash hit I Hate Luv Storys, filmed in New Zealand and released to instant box office success in 2010.

New Zealand also proved to be a dream location for the stars of the movie. Both Khan and Kappor enjoyed exhilarating adventures like bungy jumping from Queenstown’s famous Kawarau Bridge to experiencing the thrills and spills of the iconic Shotover Jet and taking a leap of faith with a skydive above Queenstown’s towering mountains and glistening Lake Wakatipu.

This time it was Wellington - the film capital of New Zealand -that had a chance to shine on the silver screen. Wellington’s urban terrain, steep streets, dramatic coastline and stunning harbour showcased the capital city to the world, as well as a thrilling high-speed car chase along the runway at Wellington International Airport.
Filming also took place in Auckland - New Zealand’s largest and most culturally diverse city with sweeping aerial shots of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the boat-filled Waitemata Harbour and the 328-metre-high Sky Tower making the city look like a movie star in its own right.

With a large Indian population, Auckland is the city of choice for high-profile Bollywood stars wanting to experience New Zealand’s breath-taking, adventure-filled landscapes in the heart of a flourishing, world-class urbanised city.

Along with yacht-filled harbours, designer boutiques and celebrity-chef restaurants, Auckland is only a short drive or cruise away from uncrowded beaches, wildlife, and ancient volcanic craters.
But it’s not just the stars of Bollywood who’ve fallen for New Zealand’s bountiful beauty, some of India’s high-profile and much-loved cricket stars have also been swayed by its charm and versatile adventures.

In 2012 Indian cricket’s most famous son, Sachin Tendulkar and team-mates enjoyed panoramic views of Auckland and its expansive harbour from 192 metres above ground while enjoying the Auckland Sky Tower’s thrilling SkyWalk adventure.

In 2015 New Zealand will once again take cricket’s centre stage when the Cricket World Cup co-hosted with Australia begins. Cricket fans looking to enjoy the same magical Auckland lights up at nightexperiences as Bollywood stars and cricketing royalty can take in all New Zealand has to offer with 27 Cricket World Cup matches shared between seven host cities.

Auckland, Hamilton, Napier and Wellington in the North Island and Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin in the spectacular south offer spectators and visitors to New Zealand so much to see, do and explore between the big games, and on the doorstep of the host venues.

Along with sporting action and diverse landscapes to be explored, the Cricket World Cup is promising to be a captivating tournament with an electrifying Kiwi party atmosphere to add to the experience.
 

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