I’m Ready to Find Pete’s Dragon in New Zealand!


I finally had a chance to watch the official Pete’s Dragon trailer tonight and I’m ready to head to New Zealand to find him!

Pete’s Dragon, starring Bryce Dallas Howard & Robert Redford
opens in U.S. theaters on August 12th!

When I saw the teaser trailer in February I was immediately captivated by the landscapes.  They looked so amazing I wondered if they were truly filming on a location or if it was part of the Disney magic.  After tonight’s viewing of the official trailer I decided it was time to dig deeper into the film to find out exactly where Pete’s Dragon was!

New Zealand!  Let’s Go!

The specific New Zealand locations for the filming of Pete’s Dragon include, but are not limited to, Tokoroa, Waikato; Upper Hutt, Wellington; Tapanui, Otago; and Hutt Valley Hospital, Lower Hutt.  They also filmed at Stone Street Studios, Miramar, Wellington.

Pete's Dragon in New Zealand

 Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley,

Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence & Robert Redford

Director: David Lowery

Screenplay by: David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks

Based on a story by: Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field

Producer: Jim Whitaker

Executive Producer: Barrie M. Osborne

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.


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One thought on “I’m Ready to Find Pete’s Dragon in New Zealand!

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    Yes, that is the real New Zealand countryside you see in the film. I’ve had the pleasure of working as crew on many projects in New Zealand, including LORD OF THE RINGS and BRIDGE TO TERRABITHIA. Both these projects showed the world our lovely backyard. I now live and work in the Australian Film Industry and its a movie like Petes Dragon which will make me feel like I’m back home again.. just for a few magical hours.
    ..can’t wait to see this movie.
    FilmCrew NZ/Australia


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