The Eastern North Island of New Zealand has outstanding locations, brilliant weather and enthusiastic people to support any kind of screen production you are aiming to produce.

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About Our Region

Where is the Eastern Screen Alliance?

Our Regional Film Office represents the provinces of Hawke's Bay Te Matau-a-Māui and Tairāwhiti Gisborne. Our eastern border is the Pacific Ocean and to the west we are bordered by farm lands and mountain ranges.

The two largest cities in Hawke's Bay are Napier and Hastings. There are smaller towns; to the south, Waipukurau and Waipawa and to the north, Wairoa.

Tairāwhiti Gisborne is north east of Hawke's Bay and extends to the northern point of the East Coast of the North Island. Gisborne has a population of around 32,000 people and smaller settlements located in fabulous bays up and down the coast. These include Mahia Peninsula,  Hicks Point, Tokomaru Bay and Te Puia Springs.

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How to get to Hawke's Bay Te Matau-a-Māui or Tairāwhiti Gisborne

The Hawke's Bay domestic airport is 10 minutes from central Napier or 20 minutes from central Hastings. There are direct flights to and from Auckland (55 minutes), Wellington (50 minutes), and Christchurch (90 minutes).

Hawke’s Bay is 5.5 hours driving to and from Auckland and 4.5 hours to and from Wellington.

Gisborne airport is 7 minutes from the central city. There are direct flights to and from Auckland (56 minutes), Wellington (55 minutes), and Christchurch (95 minutes).

Gisborne is 6.5 hours driving to and from Auckland and 7.5 hours to and from Wellington.




There is a wide choice of places to stay in both Hawke's Bay and Tairawhiti Gisborne.

These range from five star boutique lodges and hotels to motels, back packers and holiday parks with camping. 



We enjoy a temperate climate with mildly cold winters and warm summers. The clear clean skies of the Eastern North Island are renowned - so much so that they launch rockets into space from here! Average summer temperatures are (Dec-Feb) 20º to 30º C (68º – 86º F), and in winter (Jun-Aug) 10º – 15 º C (50º – 59º F).

The annual sunshine hours are 2200 per annum – some of the highest in the country. Sunshine hours in the summer are 6:00 a.m. to 20.30 pm, and 7.30 to 17:00 p.m in the winter.

Go to www.metservice.co.nz for the current forecast around our region.


Staying in Our Region

Food and Wine

We are world-renowned for incredible food and wine establishments. There are over 70 wineries in the Hawke's Bay district and 17 wineries in the Tairawhiti Gisborne district. Many of these have restaurants attached.

There is also a wide selection of takeaways, cafes and casual dining options in our region.




Here is a sample:

  • Tee off at one of the world’s top golf courses
  • Go biking on one of the many cycle trails
  • Picnic and swim at any of the fabulous beaches
  • Partake in an art deco or Maori cultural tour 
  • Visit the museums and art galleries
  • Taste the food, wine and beer
  • Explore bush, lake and nature walks 
  • Soak yourself in natural hot pools

About Our Film Office

We are a local regional film office that supports the development of screen productions in Hawke's Bay and Tairawhiti Gisborne. 

We are part of the national regional film office association, RFONZ.

If you are planning a production in our region, we can help you:

  • identify locations,
  • liaise with local iwi and councils to gain permission and permits,
  • and connect you with our local film-industry alliance network.

Our local knowledge, along with our understanding of the screen industry, means we are the first point-of-contact for screen production knowledge in the eastern region.

Eastern Screen Alliance is a registered not-for-profit trust with six trustees who are all working as volunteers. We are: Gilly Lawrence, Warren Elliott, Michelle Lee, Daniel Betty, Leigh Kiddle and Patrick Sherratt.

To connect with any of us, please us the contact form. 


Our Alliance

Our alliance is a group of screen industry professionals who live and work in, or have connections to, the eastern region our film office represents. 

We are updating our industry contacts at the moment.

We are updating our industry contacts at the moment.

We are updating our industry contacts at the moment.

We are updating our industry contacts at the moment.