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Best of the west on display

Published: 6 April 2017
The Waitākere Ranges offer world-class locations for screen production.

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Best of the west on display at Arataki.

A new mini-exhibition highlighting the beautiful forests and west coast beaches of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park as a world-class location for screen production is on display from today at the Arataki Visitor Centre until 1 September 2017.

Focus on the west

Titled Westiewood - Filming in the Waitākere Ranges, the exhibition focuses on the box-office hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople and two international television series 800 Words and Power Rangers by showcasing a range of props, images and quotes from each production thanks to Screen Auckland.

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Melina Vidler & Benson Jack Anthony (Shay & Arlo Turner) on location in Huia for 800 Words, image courtesy of South Pacific Pictures.

Councillor Penny Hulse, ward councillor for Waitākere and chair of Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee, says the film and television industry in west Auckland is growing.

“Waitākere is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s premier locations for screen production. The diversity of the landscape, proximity to world-class film studio and post-production facilities and wealth of talented locals in acting, production, set design and post-production means west Auckland is an ideal location for film and television production,” she says.

Global success for filming in the west

Between July 2014 and February 2017, over 130 filming activities were permitted in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area. Some of the most successful global productions filmed in the area recently include MTV’s fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, Netflix’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Starz’s Ash Vs Evil Dead television series. 

Arataki Visitor Centre Manager Glenn Browne says the centre regularly updates its displays to promote the region to visitors of the centre.

“We have worked with Screen Auckland to establish this display and get our hands on some great props. Westiewood is an engaging exhibition, which will be a drawcard for visitors to the area,” he says.

Best of the west on display
Snapshot of the Westiewood exhibition.

For further information on WestiewoodFilming in the Waitākere Ranges, contact Arataki Visitor Centre Manager Glenn Browne on 0274 062 133.

Visit Screen Auckland online for more information about filming in Auckland.