Meander the streets of Tapanui and imagine Hollywood star Robert Redford gracings its pavements in 2015, when more than 250 cast and crew took over the rural town to film the Disney blockbuster, Pete’s Dragon. American cars were shipped in and shop fronts on the main street were converted to create the fictional town of Millhaven, Oregon. The moviemakers filmed for several weeks and enjoyed their time so much they decided to host a special film premiere just for the town. When you stop for a bite to eat, ask the locals if they were an extra in the film and they may even share some behind-the-scenes stories!

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