A film created in Makarora (West) has brought in more than half a million dollars to be spent across the Lakes district.
During the filming of Nude Tuesday more than $40,000 was spent on flights, $170,000 on accommodation and $90,000 to feed crew while in Queenstown, Wanaka and Makarora.
For four and a-half weeks, Makarora’s Wonderland Holiday Park was used as the film set and accommodation for staff.
Manager Reon Morland said the holiday park was fully booked by the film crew for the duration of filming.
“It was really incredible to see the behind the scenes of the filming. The crew and actors lived on site for a few weeks. For such a big group of people, it was incredible to see.
“They were just like a big family,” Mr Morland said.
The holiday park has a capacity of more than 120, using its distinctive A-frame lodges built in the 1960s.
He said the community rallied together and supported the production, with some even starring as extras in the film.
The film received funding from the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), through the screen production grant, production fund and the screen production recovery fund.
It is a New Zealand-Australia co-production and provided jobs to more than 140 cast and crew, and 50 extras.
NZFC acting CEO Mladen Ivancic said the production was an example of supporting local economies.
“There were dozens of people across the service industries in Auckland and Makarora who helped bring it [the film] to the big screen. The production is a great example of the benefits the sector brings to local economies,” Mr Ivancic said.
Nude Tuesday was released in theatres on June 16.