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Breathtaking landscapes have long made New Zealand is a prime filming location. Where else, after all, can one find alpine glaciers side by side with subtropical seacoasts? Plus, the country’s highly developed visual effects infrastructure – think Weta Workshop and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, as well as the soon-to-be-released “War for the Planet of the Apes”  – has turned the small nation into a world power of high-end filmmaking.

Combine that with a baseline cash grant of 20% on qualified expenditures and many filmmakers find an irresistible lure. For example, James Cameron has moved his family to New Zealand and is producing his “Avatar” sequels there. Read More.