Hokitika likely location for TV series
Source: the Travel Memo 4 Feb 2014
Hokitika is expected to be used as the setting for a planned TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize-winning novel, The Luminaries.
In an interview with the Sunday Star-Times, the author said she had insisted the production be filmed in New Zealand, and will be taking the producer to the West Coast, and in particular Hokitika, where the novel is set during the gold rush.
“I would insist on location, just because the flora and fauna in New Zealand is not anywhere else in the world and we have such great film facilities in New Zealand, so why
not?” Catton said. Westland mayor Mike Havill told the Sunday Star-Times that it was exciting news for Hokitika. Many Westland places described in Catton’s novel remained unchanged since the 1860s, he said. “I’m sure they’ll find some great locations here.”