While filming, many of the cast expressed concerns that viewers would think the landscape was fake. How, they argued, could moviegoers believe that such stunning scenery is real? Where in the world do thundering waterfalls, turquoise lakes, volcanic pinnacles, and alpine glaciers all occupy a terrain with hardly any people?
San Francisco is playing host to the world's most prestigious sailing competition, the 34th America's Cup. New Zealand, the only country represented officially as a partner in an America's Cup racing team, created a series of activities to celebrate their nation, and the Kiwi way of life, while on shore.