Movies and TV shows set in new zealand

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in new zealand ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, weird, captivating, visually appealing and stylized films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, culture clash, family relations, dialogue, blood, danger, suprisingly clever, catastrophe and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Adventure genres shot in New Zealand, USA, UK and other countries.
new zealand
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new zealand movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as new zealand: Boy (2010), Whale Rider (2002), What We Do in the Shadows (2014), The Piano (1993), Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), The World's Fastest Indian (2005), Heavenly Creatures (1994), The Dead Lands (2014), The Dark Horse (2014), Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981).

List of movies set in new zealand

 7.5
 27K
Boy (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 87 min.
Story: It's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king - even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for ...
Style: touching, humorous, unusual plot structure, visually appealing, surreal ...
Plot: coming of age, childhood, daydreamer, youth, small town, absent father, family relations, mischievous children, parents and children, robbery, loser, unsupportive parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, future
Place: new zealand, tokyo
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 7.5
 42K
Whale Rider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, ...
Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, atmospheric, feminist film ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, teens, date night
Plot: whale, tradition, coming of age, culture clash, youth, destiny, loss of son, childhood, legend, magic realism, generation gap, sexism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand, australia
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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.
Style: absurd, humorous, gothic, parody, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, dark humor, werewolf, goth, supernatural, friendship, immortality, roommate, zombie, buddies, social misfits, found footage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1997, year 1978, year 1912
Place: new zealand
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 7.5
 88K
The Piano (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man ...
Style: psychological, sexual, serious, erotic, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, sexual relations, adultery, couples, piano, love affair, pianist, desire, human nature, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new zealand, scotland
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.
Style: funny, touching, scenic, humorous, bloody ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, nature, hunting, juvenile delinquent, adoption, wilderness, boy, dog, childhood, sarcasm, forest, countryside ...
Place: new zealand
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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: New Zealand, Japan, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Style: inspirational, realistic, feel good, touching, factual ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle, adventure, against the odds, motorcycle race, follow your dream, auto mechanic, car race, goodhearted, ambition, philosophy, elderly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1967, year 1914
Place: new zealand, california, los angeles, utah, usa ...
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Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.
Style: disturbing, psychological, surreal, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: lesbian, lesbian romance, obsession, crimes, murder, teenager, coming of age, friendship, insanity, lesbianism, lesbian sex, murderous pair ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1954, post world war two, year 1953
Place: new zealand, australia
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The Dead Lands (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Hongi, a Maori chieftain’s teenage son, must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains led by ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: heroes, against the odds, adventure, survival, vengeance, youth, rivalry, master warrior, warrior, battles, medieval, young heroes ...
Place: new zealand
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The Dark Horse (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 124 min.
Story: One-time Maori speed-chess champ, Genesis Potini, lives with a bi-polar disorder and must overcome prejudice and violence in the battle to save his struggling chess club, his family and ultimately, himself.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, emotional, motivational ...
Plot: chess, mental illness, compassion, friendship, brother brother relationship, underdog, uncle nephew relationship, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, hopes, illness, teenager ...
Time: 20th century, future
Place: new zealand
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Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from WW2. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, race against time, escapades, obsessive quest, airplane, adventurer, survival, crimes, bounty hunter, chase, wilderness, one man army ...
Time: 80s
Place: new zealand
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 6.5
 4K
Tracker (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ex-Boer war guerrilla in New Zealand is sent out to bring back a Maori accused of killing a British soldier. Gradually they grow to know and respect one another but a posse, led by the British Commanding officer is close behind and his sole ...
Style: captivating, serious, atmospheric, stylized, realistic
Plot: manhunt, foe turned friend, escapades, track down, adventure, wanted, on the run, false accusation, wilderness, loss of daughter, society, survival ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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Under the Mountain (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenage twins battle dark forces hidden beneath Auckland's volcanoes.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, captivating, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: wizards and magicians, adventure, alien, good versus evil, young heroes, save the world, heroes, teenage life, supernatural, siblings relations, supernatural ability, evil alien ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new zealand
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The Brokenwood Mysteries (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: In a seemingly quiet country town the newest resident, Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location.
Style: witty, realistic, suspenseful, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: mystery, whodunit, partners against crime, sleuth, unlikely partners, riddles and clues, police detective, law enforcement, under the surface, small town life, police investigation, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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Top of the Lake (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: clever, bleak, captivating, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, missing child, female detective, disappearance, policewoman, child rape, bodies, crimes, life is a bitch, self discovery, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 5.9
 3K
River Queen (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.
Style: captivating, sincere, touching, epic, serious ...
Plot: rescue, political unrest, romance, hopes, family relations, destiny, culture clash, parents and children, settler, british empire, battles, river ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: new zealand, ireland
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Once Were Warriors (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: gang, dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, child abuse, children, family relations, domestic violence, rape, suicide, abuse, rebellious youth, ethnic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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Falling Inn Love (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a San Francisco exec wins a New Zealand inn, she ditches city life to remodel and flip the rustic property with help from a handsome contractor.
Style: inspirational, humorous, colourful, light, scenic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: renovation, romance, winning, fall in love, business, farm, small town, female protagonist, romantic relationship, lifestyle change, love affair, neighbor neighbor relationship ...
Place: new zealand, san francisco
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Out of the Blue (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ordinary people find extraordinary courage in the face of madness. On 13–14 November 1990 that madness came to Aramoana, a small New Zealand seaside town, in the form of a lone gunman with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle. As he stalked his ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, stalking, unemployment, village, serial killer, survival, village life, mental illness, child in peril, murder, collector, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, year 1990
Place: new zealand
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Nights in the Gardens of Spain (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Kawariki must become the leader of the family after his father retires in this intimate drama. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: gay, homosexuality, family relations, couples, gender, crumbling marriage, society, family problems, family in crisis, lgbt, secret, sex scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 6.8
 2K
Rain (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Janey is on vacation with her brother, Jim, mother, Kate, and father Ed, at their beach house on the Mahurangi Peninsual in New Zealand. Ed and Kate, who are on the verge of divorce, sit around in the back yard all day drinking whiskey and Janey and ...
Style: sexual, bleak, melancholic, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, photographer, dysfunctional family, vacation, women, family problems, parents and children, siblings relations, infidelity, crumbling marriage, youth, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new zealand, iowa, tokyo, australia
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An Angel at My Table (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Janet Frame grows up in a poor family. She is different than the other kids. She is considered abnormal and locked away in a mental institution for eight years. Everything changes when she starts writing books.
Style: sexy, touching, psychological, neurotic, spiritual ...
Plot: writers, mental illness, mental institution, depression, prodigy, female nudity, child abuse, insanity, adaptation, unlikely friendships, solitude, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new zealand, london, paris france
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Perfect Creature (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The vampire myth is given a stylish 1960s treatment, where a human cop partners with a vampire cop to stop a vamp bent on creating a war between the two "separate but equal" races.
Style: exciting, scary, suspenseful, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, epidemic, serial killer, good versus evil, steampunk, legends and myths, heroic mission, escapades, church, heroes, demon ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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 5.8
 41K
Black Sheep (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: New Zealand, South Korea
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A genetic engineering experiment gone horribly awry turns a large flock of docile sheep into unrelenting killing machines in this rural horror comedy directed by Jonathan King and featuring special effects designed by Weta Workshop.
Style: scary, humorous, funny, satirical, stylized ...
Plot: zombie, sheep, bestiality, monster, creature feature, animal attack, transformation, eaten alive, experiment gone awry, antidote, murder, countryside ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 6.5
 47K
Bad Taste (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A team from the intergalactic fast food chain Crumb's Crunchy Delights descends on Earth, planning to make human flesh the newest taste sensation. After they wipe out the New Zealand town Kaihoro, the country's Astro-Investigation and ...
Style: bloody, surreal, humorous, disturbing, splatter ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, monster, space and aliens, alien invasion, zombie, violent, small town, chainsaw, exploitation, violence, dark humor, extreme violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.
Style: epic, breathtaking, captivating, dark fantasy, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: dragon, adventure, fantasy world, wizards, imaginary kingdom, elf, creature, magical, adventurer, mythology, obsessive quest, warrior ...
Time: 2010s, prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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 5.5
 2K
The Locals (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two best friends, Grant and Paul, hit the country road for a night of fun, but unfortunately take a short cut to their fate... where they meet the Locals.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: survival, isolation, buddies, supernatural, best friends, on the road, chase, ghost, road accident, brutality, manhunt, showdown ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 7.9
 2K
800 Words (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: New Zealand, Australia
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: A recently widowed father, quits his job as a popular 800 word columnist for a top selling Sydney newspaper. Over the internet he buys a house on an impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside town. He then has to break the news to his two teenage kids ...
Style: sincere, touching, light, sentimental
Plot: single father, starting over, lifestyle change, parenthood, kids and family, family life, happy ending, brother sister relationship, coping, father son relationship, beautiful scenery, teenage girl ...
Place: new zealand
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The Boyfriend School (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Gus is a fat cartoonist that recently won a battle against cancer, which explains his baldness. But he is also lonely. Therefore, his caring sister tries to set him up with suitable woman. But to do so, she must turn him into an irresistible man. ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, melancholic
Audience: date night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, unfulfilled love, romance, fall in love, misfit, hidden identity, switching roles, couples, cartoonist, revenge, biker ...
Time: 80s
Place: new zealand
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 7.5
 97K
Braindead (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When a Sumatran rat-monkey bites Lionel Cosgrove's mother, she's transformed into a zombie and begins killing (and transforming) the entire town while Lionel races to keep things under control.
Style: bloody, macabre, surreal, scary, splatter ...
Audience: teens
Plot: zombie, monster, cannibalism, living dead, supernatural, dark humor, back from the dead, violent, brutality, eaten alive, transformation, insanity ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, year 1957
Place: new zealand
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The Devil Dared Me To (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This is the story of daredevil stuntman Randy Cambell and his quest to follow in his late father's footsteps and become New Zealand's greatest daredevil stuntman by performing the ultimate daredevil stunt: jumping across Cook Strait in a ...
Style: humorous, captivating, feel good, light, funny ...
Plot: trick, stuntman, ambition, escapades, contests and competitions, rivalry, ego clash, fall in love, blind ambition, fire, danger, injury
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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