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Young stars of ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ love New Zealand

February 17th, 2007 by Paul Martin

Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb created a magical world as the main characters in “Bridge to Terabithia,” but off-camera they were enchanted by their real shooting location, New Zealand, where they spent three and a half months.

“That was an amazing experience,” Hutcherson says. “It doesn’t get any prettier than that. There were beaches everywhere and all sorts of forests. We took little road trips everywhere and just had a lot of fun.”

“Oh my gosh, it was amazing,” agrees Robb. “It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world. The beaches are absolutely beautiful. The people down there, the Kiwis, they’re so funny, and they’re all really nice people.”

Making “Terabithia” was almost like stepping into Middle-Earth.

Hutcherson, 14, was disappointed that he didn’t have time to visit the Weta Digital facilities in Wellington.

“I didn’t get to ’cause I was working,” he says, “but AnnaSophia got to go and check out their whole studio.