Otago hopes to reap benefits from Amazon’s Lord of the Rings filming: ‘You can’t not invest’

by RNZ — 17.4.2021

Landscape of Otago region viewed from Central Otago Railway bicycle trail in New Zealand

Central Otago – or Middle Earth? 

The mayor of Central Otago says he hopes his region will see some of the benefits of an Amazon Lord of the Rings series that has begun filming in New Zealand.

It was revealed yesterday the US company planned to spend about $650 million on season one of the show alone.

The government has agreed to subsidise at least $100m of that.

Parts of the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in central Otago, and district mayor Tim Cadogan is hoping for a return for the television series.

“We haven’t had any approach that I’m aware of, but certainly, Central Otago provided quite a number of scenes to the original movies, so it would be quite likely that we would wind up with some film production here.

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