Hobbit and now Avatar to bring tourists to New Zealand
First it was The Lord of the Rings, and then The Hobbit, and now it looks set to be Avatar that will convince travellers around the world to go and see New Zealand’s natural beauty for themselves.
Ever since the very first movie adaptation of Tolkien’s fantasy books was released, visitor numbers to the country have been extremely high, with most tourists particularly keen to see the unspoilt wilderness of the South Island.
Now tourist operators are gearing up for yet another surge in interest after it was confirmed that a trio of sequels to the blockbuster Avatar will be shot in the South Pacific island nation over the next few years.
Once again, New Zealand has been chosen for its dramatic landscapes, with its rolling mountains and crystal-clear lakes often appearing other-worldly.
Announcing the news at a conference in the city of Wellington, director James Cameron said: “It’s quite a thrill to be officially saying that we’re bringing the Avatar films to New Zealand.”
Not only is the decision set to benefit the national economy in terms of movie industry jobs being created, it’s also set to have a longer-term positive impact on the tourism sector as movie fans of all ages fly to the South Island to see where the magic was created.
Tourists travelling to New Zealand are already spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the country’s links with Hollywood.
In particular, several tour operators offer The Lord of the Rings-themed tours around both islands, while a new wave of The Hobbit tours are emerging as local businesses attempt to cash in on the global success of director Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy.
Despite the roaring success of movie industry tie-ins, New Zealand offers so much more than just fantasy-themed tours.
While for younger travellers the country is an adventure sports hotspot, for older tourists it offers world-class walking and boat trips through beautiful landscapes such as the Milford Sound and the foothills of the Remarkables mountain range, just outside bustling Queenstown.