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The Movie Geek’s Guide to Wellington

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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.

Made in Scotland: Shetland Chic

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.