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She was then whisked to the Wanaka area for filming of the $US103 million ($143 million) Disney movie, A Wrinkle In Time.
Contrary to whispers she had landed last week, the talk show host and actress - worth an estimated $US2.9 billion ($4 billion) - apparently left the jet with Hollywood stars Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, as well as A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay.
The Disney movie is being filmed at Hunter Valley Station, near Lake Hawea. Filming should take about two weeks.
Other stars of the movie include Star Trek leading man Chris Pine, The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis and Doctor Who actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
The movie is based on the 1963 science fantasy book of the same name by American novelist Madeleine L'Engle.