Filming in Taupō

Taupō is home to a diverse range of spectacular natural resources and panoramic views that are second to none. The Taupō region’s wild alpine terrain, ancient volcanic landscapes and crystal-clear lakes and rivers make for spectacular photography, and have already provided the backdrop for many creative projects including international film and television.

Depending on the nature and location of your work, you may require permits for filming and photography due to the natural and cultural significance of these resources. Permits can be required from several different entities for the same location, so it is worthwhile to do your research.

The Department of Conservation (DOC)
To film anything for commercial purposes on public conservation land, you must have a concession from the Department of Conservation. Depending on what you plan to do, when and how you want to do it, you will either need a one-off concession or a longer-term concession.

Taupō Waters Trust
Anyone wanting to conduct filming or photography on Taupō waters will need to complete a Filming and Photography Application form which will need to address certain guidelines as outlined by Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or Drones

Civil Aviation Authority
If you want to operate a drone, there are Civil Aviation Authority rules and regulations in place that require operators to get consent from landowners and individuals who they may fly over, as well as seeking permission from the local aerodromes.

Taupō District Council
Anyone wanting to operate a drone on or above Taupo District Council land, including reserves, is required to apply for a permit.