This two week tour will provide participants with a unique insight into New Zealand Film and Theatre industry, the Maori culture and the breathtaking beauty of both the North and South Island. New Zealand has an amazing range of beautiful scenery, from subtropical forests, beaches, and offshore islands in the north to glaciers, lakes, snow-covered mountains, and large flat plains in the south. There are also fjords, volcanoes, hot springs, and beautiful rolling green pastures, a diversity like no other place on earth. Fall in New Zealand is gorgeous, the summer crowds have left, the attractions charge off peak rates, and the weather is amazing.
Our tour will include multiple talks from industry professionals: we expect to meet with production designer Grant Major (Oscar: "The Return of the King" LOTR) and costume designer Ngila Dickson (Oscar: Costume Design, LOTR) if their film schedules permits. We will visit the Main Reactor studios (the leading props and make-up effects shop in New Zealand), South Pacific Pictures Studios (The Whale Rider New Zealand’s largest screen production company) and Sir Peter Jackson's Weta Studios, Costume, Hair, Make-Up, Special effects, Sculpting and 3d modeling, engineering, miniatures, molding, imaging etc. ) in Wellington. We also meet with Stephen Blackburn, producer of WOW -- the annual World of Wearable Art performance event.
Regarding Maori culture, we will visit the studios of NZ's unique Maori Television and in Waiheke Island we will experience a traditional Maori welcome at the local marae, and talk with local artist Paora Toi te Rangiuaia or Chris Bailey.
In the North Island we will explore Hobbiton, the rural village setting for Peter Jackson's films of the Tolkien classics, Lake Taupo (second largest in Southern Hemisphere) the thermal hot springs at Tokaanu. and Tongariro National Park and its three major volcanoes (the setting for Mordor scenes in LOTR)
In the South Island we will visit the beautiful coastal town of Kaikoura (Whale Watch Centre) and Akaroa (Hector's dolphins). Near Queenstown we will explore some of the LOTR locations and Glenorchy on Lake Wakatipu.
The study tour will start in Auckland (North Island) and end in Queenstown (South Island) .
Participants are responsible for their own airfare in to Auckland and out of Queenstown.
Total cost for double occupancy land only is $2,850 per person.