Otago Daily Times
November 8, 1999
Benifits From Incoming Cast Members
Wanaka has already benefited from the arrival yesterday of a
production crew preparing to film the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the area.
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.