Tom Cruise on Mission Impossible in New Zealand

If you'd like a self drive tour into one of the most remote parts of New Zealand, over the next few weeks you might consider Duffers Saddle in the South Island. You'll have company though! Tom Cruise. He's there making his sixth 'Mission: Impossible' movie. But the drive in won't be easy - it's winter, so the gravel road is often closed and it's cold; very cold, but breathtakingly beautiful.
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A Newshub reporter writes - "Tom Cruise has touched down in Queenstown to film the next installment of his hit 'Mission: Impossible' franchise.

The Top Gun star was spotted arriving on a private jet early on Friday morning, getting straight into a SUV on the runway and being driven away.

He said he was "very excited" to return to New Zealand where he expects to be filming until mid-July.

"I've had a couple of private vacations but I haven't been back to make a film since Last Samurai," said Cruise, beaming his trademark smile.

"It's a country that is filled with so many adventures. It's so beautiful - I've been telling the cast and crew just what a treat we're all in for."

The sixth Mission: Impossible is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who is returning to the helm after his acclaimed last entry into the series, 2015's Rogue Nation.

Footnote June 12

'Superman' star Henry Cavill arrived in Queenstown yesterday to join Tom Cruise for the filming of "Mission:Impossible" as did actor Simon Pegg. Other stars involved in the movie are Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris.

Filming will take place at a Duffers Saddle on Nevis Rd near Cromwell, reportedly standing in for scenes set in Iraq." - Newshub. 

You can see the location of Duffers Saddle in the cross-hairs on the map below. 

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Adventure Self Drive

Duffers Saddle is a high mountain pass, 4,183 ft above sea level and located in the Old Woman Range, in Central Otago, New Zealand.

The road over the pass has steep sections and several fords and it's the highest public road in New Zealand. So most definitely not for the faint-hearted, and without a 4WD, extremely difficult. 

Over the next 8 weeks you might also need to get past one of these film set border posts!

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June 12 Footnote to this blog - Our suggestion of a self drive adventure to Duffers Saddle over the next few weeks looks increasingly threatened by today's report that a "burly looking guard" is now stationed on the roadway and turning visitors away.

But if it's real adventure you enjoy when on vacation in New Zealand , when filming has ended in July, we can still arrange a visit to the remote Duffers Saddle. It can be included on one of the personal itineraries we create and book for you, or you can add it to one of our example self drive itineraries when we make your bookings, including this one, the 14 Day The Heart of New Zealand Self Drive.

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jun 11, 2017