Oscar-winner takes tour of South for possible filming spots

A prominent New Zealand director has been larking about the South as he scouts for possible filming locations in the area.

Globetrotting Hollywood darling Taika Waititi posted an Instagram story about visiting Larnach Castle on Otago Peninsula yesterday.

Taika Waititi visits Larnach Castle. Photo: Instagram
Taika Waititi visits Larnach Castle. Photo: Instagram
Larnach Castle director Norcombe Barker refused to be drawn on whether the director was in town for work or pleasure: ‘‘You’ll appreciate that we can’t really comment on that,’’ he said.

Waititi also posted about being in Wedderburn and horse trekking in Glenorchy today.

In his travels around the South, Waititi appears to have his family in tow.

On the horse trek, Waititi labelled Otago a ‘‘glorious’’ place in a video.

Waititi was also pictured in Dunedin with former Flight of The Concords star Jemaine Clement on Friday.

The pair wrote, directed and acted together in the smash-hit What We Do in the Shadows franchise.

Dunedin City Council economic development manager Fraser Liggett confirmed Clement and Waititi were in Dunedin on Tuesday, scouting the city for potential locations for upcoming film projects.

He was unable to say if the projects were Hollywood-based.

‘‘We can’t say what they are yet - we’d love to, but it’s just too early to say at this stage.’’

Waititi’s film career was set in motion by his acting debut in the classic 1999 student adventure film Scarfies, which was set and filmed in Dunedin.

More recently he has won acclaim for the popular films Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit.


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