Tol Galen came across the following article:
LOTR Hits Wanaka
Otago Daily Times – November 5, 1999
Wanaka has already benefited from the arrival yesterday of a
production crew preparing to film the Lord of the Rings trilogy in
The company chartered two flights into Wanaka Airport, with 14
crew members arriving on a twin-engined Origin Pacific Jetstream
31 aircraft and 40 passengers and luggage aboard an Air Chathams
Convair 580 plane.
Airport manager Tim Johnston understood it was the first time
either type of aircraft had landed at Wanaka.
“Both pilots said the airport was ideal and expressed interest in
bringing more charter flights into Wanaka.”
Mr Johnston said Chatham Air showed particular interest in
providing charter flights during the winter ski season.
He admitted he would be touting for further business and planned
discussions with both airlines.
Moteliers are also benefiting from the movie business, with around
100 Lord of the Rings film-crew members staying in town this
week. The main production unit is expected in the area next week.