The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia are a series of American fantasy films based on the series of novels of the same name written by C. S. Lewis. It currently consists of three films of a planned seven films: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).

The series centres on the adventures of children in fictional world of Narnia, guided by Aslan, a talking lion and the real king of Narnia. The series was considered to be one of the biggest movie franchises around the world due to the legacy of the novels.

Some of the main characters in the films were the children: Peter Pevensie played by William Moseley, Susan Pevensie played by Anna Popplewell, Edmund Pevensie played by Skandar Keynes, Lucy Pevensie played by Georgie Henley and Eustace Scrubb played by Will Poulter.

Other recurring characters included: Aslan played by the voice of Liam Neeson, Jadis, the White Witch played by Tilda Swinton, Caspian X played by Ben Barnes and Reepicheep played by the voices of Eddie Izzard and Simon Pegg.

The first film The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the second film Prince Caspian were directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson and were both shot mainly in New Zealand. Although many scenes were filmed behind stage doors in Auckland, a number of locations in New Zealand have now become part of Narnia Aotearoa.

An hour north-west of Auckland, the dark trees of Woodhill Forest were transformed into the dreaded camp of the White Witch of Narnia. High in the Southern Alps of the South Island is an area of tortured rocks and dramatic valleys known as Flock Hill. It was here that the scenes for the great battle for Narnia were shot. Flock Hill is situated 90 minutes from Christchurch on the Arthur's Pass Highway to Greymouth.

The ancient Elephant Rocks that sprout from the rolling hills near Duntroon in the Waitaki district of the South Island became Aslan's Camp in 2004. The great castle of Cair Paravel on the Eastern Sea of Narnia was created by computer-generated imagery superimposed on the cliff tops of Purakaunui Bay in the Catlins, an area of spectacular coastal scenery. South of Dunedin, the Catlins coast road from Balclutha towards Invercargill is a journey through dense rain forest and dramatic seascapes.

For travellers wishing to follow in Prince Caspian's footsteps, the Coromandel Peninsula is the most accessible of the new locations. When the Pevensie children arrive back in Narnia, hundreds of years have passed. The castle of Cair Paravel is in ruins and Prince Caspian needs their help.

The set for the ruins of the castle Cair Paravel was built on the Hereherataura Peninsula, overlooking Cathedral Cove on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. This scenic crescent of white sand is famous for its dramatic natural rock arch, which links visually with train tunnel the children go into before being summoned back into Narnia.


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