Why New Zealand Is Basically A Real-Life Fantasy Movie

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New Zealand is the epitome of a picturesque country. It's as though all the beautiful elements of this planet were combined into one place, making it a product of Mother Earth's beauty. Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and sprinkled with culture and all around magical vibes.

You can see some of the best bits in the scenery on Syfy Middle East's new fantasy series, The Shannara Chronicles exclusively on OSN, every Tuesday. 

It's such a beautiful country, it's no wonder it was the home of the fictional Four Lands. 

Here are some of the things that make it such a real-life fantasy spot.

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 A lot of your favourite movies were shot in NZ

From The Shannara Chronicles to Bollywood's Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein to The Lord of The Rings trilogy; New Zealand has welcomed filmmakers to its picturesque backdrops as a movie set- and for a good reason.

Here's some of the movies you may be familiar with:

When Leslie and Jesse set off on the Bridge to Terabithia 

It comes to no surprise that their make-believe Terabithia was actually shot in New Zealand. In no other than the Woodhill Forest and Waitakere Ranges. 

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Look familiar yet?

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The rolling greens make for ideal countryside settings...like The Hobbit 


The best scene in Narnia's sequel took place there too

Yep. The fight scene in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (along with most other scenes in this movie). 

They've got the best freakin' landscape, nature and forests

The stunning landscape has plains perfect for epic battles, but also huge mountains for characters to climb on quests for magical knick knacks.

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The Waitomo Caves is like a fairy dream come true

Home to glow worms, these caves look like they're right out of a fairytale.

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A lot of fantasy TV series were also filmed in the beautiful country 

1. Xena The Warrior Princess: One would assume this would've been filmed in Greece (because the story's set in ancient Greece). However, Xena was shot in NZ, with some scenes taken in the Waitakere Ranges like most movies.

2. Young Hercules:  the dreamy Ryan Gosling starred in this spin-off series was also filmed there.

3. Legend of the Seeker: The entire thing was shot in New Zealand, some in Queenstown others in Auckland. 

Just a few of many. Google it; you'll be surprised.

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The locations give such an effective backdrop, it does almost half the job for filmmakers. Just watch this.

The sunsets are perfect for looking out wistfully

Cue internal montage, the sunsets are clear, with rich colours - ideal for when the main character is doing some soul searching. 

No fantasy tv show would be complete without some scenes by a lake, and this one is just too beautiful

The rocky mountains, the lush green plains, the breathtaking forests - you can almost see the elves wandering around 

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Here's a taste of what you'll see in The Shannara Chronicles - filmed in New Zealand

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