Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki Te Ngahere O Woodhill!

Welcome to Woodhill Forest

Located approximately 40km north-west of Auckland City is the extensive landscape now known as Woodhill Forest. Of great cultural significance to Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, ownership returned to the tribe in 2013 under the management of its commercial entity Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Ngahere Ltd.

This 12 500 hectare pine forest is home to a variety of licensed recreational businesses including horse riding, mountain biking, tree climbing, paintball, 4 wheel driving and off-road motorcycling.

Woodhill includes a range of diverse landscapes ideally suited to film production and events. The forest has been home to a number of international feature films as well as many smaller scale shoots, and is ideally located in close proximity to both Auckland City and its International Airport, and the industry’s film services and studios.

The range of locations, including pine forest, native bush, a stream, lakes, a lagoon, open spaces and dune-land running down to a wild black sand beach, are all easily accessed via a gravel road network throughout the forest – making it ideal for film productions.

The forest’s scale and separation from residential living lend to its use as an event location, from sporting activities (such as the World Masters Games) to music concerts (Oro’17), to weddings, to corporate retreats to school visits/camps, to tours hosted by Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara.

“Wild black sand beaches, dunes, pine forests, native bush, streams, lakes, lagoon…”

BACKGROUND – nice image of the forest

The ideal location for both film production & events!

Past film productions in Woodhill Forest

Woodhill Forest offers a diverse and captivating landscape that has served as the backdrop for numerous iconic film and television productions. From the mystical settings of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Shannara Chronicles” to the action-packed scenes of “Power Rangers” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II,” our forest’s unique scenery can bring any story to life.

Our commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Woodhill Forest, combined with its versatile terrain, makes it an ideal choice for filmmakers seeking an extraordinary and adaptable location. Join the ranks of successful productions that have utilized our forest to create unforgettable cinematic experiences.

  • Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power (TV Series 2022- ongoing)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: the Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Shannara Chronicles (TV Series, 2016-2017)
  • The Evil Dead (2013)
  • Ash vs Evil Dead (TV Series, 2015-2018)
  • Spartacus (TV Series, 2010-2013)
  • Legend of the Seeker (TV Series, 2008-2010)
  • Yogi Bear (2010)
  • Xena Warrior Princess (TV Series, 1995 to 2001)
  • Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (1995-1999)
  • Power Rangers
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II

To Add?:

  • Slow West (2015)
  • The Descent (2005)
  • The Warrior’s Way (2010)
  • The Changeover (2017)
  • Shortland Street (TV Series, 1992-present)

hero shots – rings of power + lion witch wardrobe?

“Only half an hour from Auckland City and yet a world apart… “

Getting there

Forest Locations