Film Whanganui is part of the New Zealand Film Commission's Regional Film Office network

We want your experience to be as easy and productive as possible, as well as ensuring your shoot doesn’t impact negatively on our community and environment.

Whanganui is a place of stories. The tradition of story-telling here is hundreds of years old and Whanganui continues to inspire storytellers and the creation of narratives.

Whanganui’s Regional Film Office is based at economic development agency Whanganui & Partners.


Film Whanganui works closely with the New Zealand Film Commission and the Regional Film Office network. Film Whanganui is the first point of contact for screen production enquiries to Whanganui.



We can help with:

  • Our Film Directory connects you with industry professionals, locations and crew
  • Organising a filming permit
  • Detailed information on sourcing and accessing Whanganui locations
  • Connecting you with local authorities for the river and region
  • Assistance securing local crew, assets and logistics including accommodation and catering

Film Whanganui was established in 2020 and has since been involved in the production of two international feature-length film projects, we have a goal of attracting new screen productions to the city as well as supporting and promoting our local creative industries.


Whanganui offers

  • A regional city of 48,100 people
  • Two and a half hour drive from Wellington
  • Easy one-hour flight from Auckland
  • Experienced local labour force including regular contractors to Weta Workshop, Weta Productions and other production companies (crew, model-making, wardrobe)
  • Easy access to spectacular landscape and heritage architecture
  • Preserved historic Victorian streetscapes


Find out more about filming in Whanganui:


Film Whanganui Guidelines for Filming


Organise a permit to film in Whanganui

About Whanganui & Partners

We work to promote Whanganui as a destination to live, visit, work, study and invest.

Our activities also include supporting new and existing businesses, bringing events to Whanganui and providing the latest economic data, analysis and commentary on the Whanganui district.

Our Partners

Our relationships form an intrinsic part of our culture and how we work as an organisation. Along with our partners, we help with the facilitation of guidance or expertise. We lead in consultation with a range of partners and stakeholders and work with them to realise the full potential of Whanganui.

Our partnerships lead to better outcomes for our businesses and community.

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