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The landscapes of New Zealand’s North Island hold cinematic cachet. “The Piano” starred a black-sand surf beach in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges; Kiwi Andrew Adamson transformed nearby Woodhill Forest into a witch’s camp in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;” and Hollywood tapped Mount Taranaki in “The Last Samurai.” But when time is limited, Wellington provides ample sites, lore, and glimpses behind the scenes of a robust local film industry. Here’s a brief guide to the hot spots movie nerds should hit in the Kiwi capital.
In 1953 Edmund Hillary summited Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Helping keep Hillary warm at the subzero altitude was a sweater made from Shetland wool. The artisanal tradition, which continues to this day in the Shetland Islands, remains one of Scotland’s most recognizable trademarks.