Since choosing the country as his second home four-years ago, James Cameron said he wanted to give the world a glimpse of what it was about New Zealand that captivated him like nowhere else.
“I came as a stranger, I knew very little about New Zealand, and I left in love with it,” said Cameron.
“Not just the beauty of the land that is very seductive, but the dynamic spirit of the people.
“I had never felt a connection to a place that strongly before. And I never really lost that dream.”
In a collaboration with Tourism New Zealand, Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron spent four days filming, taking in the natural wonders of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island.
The video shows the couple walking on the Tasman Glacier, kayaking through a Dart River canyon and taking in the sweeping views of Blanket Bay by helicopter.
They also hike on the alpine Routeburn Track, cycle beside Lake Pukaki and visit Mount Alfred in the Glenorchy area near Queenstown.
The family have a coastal estate north of New Zealand’s capital Wellington where Cameron is immersed in the development of Avatar 2.
They divide their time between New Zealand and California and Cameron described his adopted home’s scenery as a “living painting”.
His starring role in the promotional video comes 12-months after Tourism Australia unveiled its new campaign voiced by Hollywood hunk and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth.
TNZ Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said he was confident the Cameron video would encourage more people to visit New Zealand.
‘‘I am sure that this video, which perfectly captures James’s passion for exploration and his curiosity, will inspire many more people to travel to New Zealand and discover the country for themselves,” said Mr Bowler.
New Zealand is already Australians’ favourite place to visit, attracting close to 1.4 million across the ditch every year.