From: The Jazza
Peter Jackson and Co. are having to truck in strips of tussock grass as the river beds around the set don’t have enough grass cover for shooting. The tussock is coming from the A&P showgrounds in Christchurch where it is being dug up and cut by hand. It is being sold to movie producers at a 1300% markup!!!!!!
Also, there aren’t many free holiday house left empty at Lake Clearwater. The movie producers are paying up to $40 per person per room per night to rent them out. One happy home-owner has rented his humble abode out for $27000 (NZ) for six months!!!