Hollywood heart-throb Tom Cruise has endeared himself to New Zealanders while filming his new movie in the antipodes - because he's just so nice.

The MAGNOLIA star is in Taranaki on New Zealand's North Island shooting The Last Samurai with director Edward Zwick.

And 40-year-old Cruise has bowled over locals with his charm and charisma.

During a recent radio interview a DJ told the star, " Do you ever get sick of being so nice all the time?

"Because you really are a nice person and people always say such nice things about you when they've met you."