Nau mai haere mai, Taranaki welcomes all filmmakers, story-tellers, and content generators to our region.

Our creative region has some of the most diverse and accessible film locations in the world.

Venture Taranaki is the Regional Film Office (RFO) for Taranaki. Situated on the North Island’s west coast, we are connected to all facets of business and creativity in the wider Taranaki region.

RFOs make filming happen. We facilitate the relationship between the screen sector, government, Iwi, Department of Conservation, community and others impacted or benefited by its activity. We are here to help problem-solve anything that crops up along the way, and connect you with local Taranaki organisations to ensure your filmmaking experience is seamless.

We want to collaborate with you to grow New Zealand’s screen industry.

What support is available?

  • Initial location scouting and access
  • Logistical guidance and support
  • Connections to businesses and services throughout the region
  • Assistance with local permitting processes
  • Assistance with co-financing
  • Access to the unique ‘Team Taranaki’ approach to open doors throughout the region.

Came a hot Friday, 1985

Came a Hot Friday is a New Zealand comedy film, based on the 1964 novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson, and became one of the most successful local films released in New Zealand in the 1980s. The film's cast included famed New Zealand comedian Billy T. James. Notable locations from South Taranaki in the film are the Waverley racecourse and the Bridge to Nowhere.


Click through the images below for a taste of what Taranaki has to offer.