New Zealand is a British Commonwealth country of five million people in the South Pacific Ocean, originally inhabited by the Maori. The Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy, both directed by Peter Jackson, were shot in New Zealand, with a majority of its cast being New Zealanders, and many others British. The country's three official languages are English, sign language, and Māori.
Peter Jackson grew up and remains based in the region around the capital city Wellington, which provided a number of locations for the two trilogies, and his associated Weta Workshop (in eastern suburb Miramar) produced many of the props and effects and did much of the post-production. The effects company then turned their attention to a live-action movie version of King Kong, also directed by Peter Jackson.