Upper Hutt is an extension of Wellington’s world-class industry. Its stunning landscape and infrastructure continue to feature in an ever-expanding list of films, commercials and TV shows.

All film licences in the Wellington Region are managed through Screen Wellington.

Road closures must be applied for to Upper Hutt City Council. Provided your STMS is already registered in Upper Hutt, TMPs for temporary closures can be submitted through Submitica. If your STMS needs to register this can be done online.

The benefits of filming in Upper Hutt

  • No fringes — There are no payroll taxes or union fringes on New Zealand labour. New Zealand crew members are generally self-employed independent contractors, so no compulsory fringe benefit tax obligations, personal benefits such as holiday pay and health, government levies or union dues need to be paid by your production. The New Zealand Government’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for most accidents.
  • The easiest place to do business — New Zealand is ranked 1st in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business Report’.
  • A favourable exchange rate — The average exchange rate for 2017 was 1.40 NZD to 1 USD.
  • Free film permits — In addition to film permits being free, support is readily available for location advice and planning the logistics of your filming.
  • A range of locations — Film Wellington, a specialist film support agency, has an ever expanding library of locations from cosmopolitan cityscapes to lush rural landscapes and dramatic coastlines, all within Wellington’s compact region.
  • Industry links — When you film in Wellington, you have easy access to a vast network of world-class film production crews, services and facilities from screenwriters to special effects wizards, production assistants to processing labs.

Last updated on 10 Apr 2018