In 2003, Film-friendly New Zealand officially recognised Christchurch City Council's support of the film industry by awarding it 'Film-friendly' status.

The value of filmmaking to the city's economic development has inspired the Council to adopt a film-friendly policy. Enquiries from filmmakers wanting to use Christchurch locations and facilities can be addressed with urgency where required and filming approvals processed as quickly as possible.

From building false traffic islands in the early hours of the morning, to giving approval for use of public areas and our beautiful parks, the requirements of filmmakers are generally able to be accommodated. 

The post-apocalyptic thriller Z for Zachariah was a feature film shot early 2014 in the Banks Peninsula district; these interviews(external link) with the film’s HoDs and lead actors Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine highlight the beauty of the wider Christchurch region and the benefits of filming on location in New Zealand.

Download and complete an approval to film in and around Christchurch form [PDF 136KB]

Find out more about Film-friendly New Zealand(external link), contact us on (03) 941 8999.