Nelson’s Magic in the Movies

If there is one thing that New Zealand has become world-renowned for in the past few years, it has been its association with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit movies that fascinated the world. New Zealand’s rolling hills and endless lakes have risen to fame thanks to the adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s works of fiction, but what many people don’t realise is that New Zealand has been used as a movie set since long before The Lord of the Rings. Travellers who wish to discover all the hidden Hollywood gems scattered across the two islands,ought to rent a Hertz car and drive from one movie location to another for an unforgettable ‘cinematic’ holiday.

The Nelson Harbour

Overlooking the azure-blue ocean and golden sands, the Nelson Harbour is dotted with ships and yachts and provides the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot. When you have the chance to walk along the Nelson Harbour after a day of sightseeing, you will also be treading on the footsteps of local actors. The movie Kiwi Flyer was filmed on location here by a Nelson-raised director named Tony Simpson.
Also, some of the beautiful sites near Nelson, such as The Pelorus River provide the backdrop to many scenes from The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey.

This is one of the sunniest locations in New Zealand, so don’t be surprised when you find the constant shimmer of the sun over the blue oceans. While you drive off into the sunset in Nelson, it won’t be hard to imagine yourself as a hobbit embarking on an epic adventure in this destination.

Nelson Trolley Derby
Not so much a place as an event, the Nelson Trolley Derby takes place each year in February or March. This is a community based event where electrically designed trolleys of varying shapes and sizes race down Collingwood Street. This event inspired the film Kiwi Flyer which was filmed entirely in and around Nelson, at the top of the South Island.

For a fun-filled and unique experience, timing your holiday when this event is on will make for a holiday in Nelson that is genuinely drenched in local flavours. This is the time when all the locals come out and really display the best bits about their community for all to see. Even when the event isn’t on, a stroll down Collingwood Street will be an ideal way to spend an afternoon shopping, dining out, and enjoying a delicious coffee. Just like a local.

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