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, captivating, humorous, suspenseful and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with storytelling, family relations, mentor, dialogue, blood, culture clash, friendship, maori, danger and escapades plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Action genres shot in New Zealand, Australia, UK and other countries.
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new zealand movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as new zealand: Boy (2010), Whale Rider (2002), The Piano (1993), What We Do in the Shadows (2014), The World's Fastest Indian (2005), River Queen (2005), Tracker (2010), Top of the Lake (2013), Under the Mountain (2009), Out of the Blue (2006).

List of movies set in new zealand

 7.5
 22K
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, emotional, unusual plot structure, visually appealing ...
Plot: family relations, daydreamer, parents and children, mischievous children, small town, youth, unsupportive parent, robbery, loser, siblings relations, exploitation, exploit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, future
Place: new zealand, tokyo
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 7.5
 40K
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, thought provoking, atmospheric, emotional, intense ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, date night
Plot: whale, loss of son, culture clash, tradition, generation gap, sexism, coming of age, destiny, childhood, parents and children, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand, australia
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 7.6
 79K
The Piano (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: New Zealand, Australia, France, USA
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, serious, stylized, sexual, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, couples, sexual relations, love and romance, pianist, human nature, love affair, couple relations, desire, piano, arranged marriage ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new zealand, scotland
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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: dark humor, absurd, gothic, humorous, vampire comedy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, goth, friendship, immortality, stylish, werewolf, social misfits, blood, buddies, supernatural, parody, roommate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1912, year 1978, year 1997
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: realistic, feel good, touching, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, motorcycle, adventure, follow your dream, against the odds, ambition, hitchhiker, auto mechanic, gas station, obstacle, optimism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967, year 1914
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, los angeles ...
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 6.0
 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: epic, sincere, touching, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: rescue, political unrest, destiny, culture clash, family relations, hopes, romance, danger, parents and children, battles, river, settler ...
Time: 19th century
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, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 90s
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.
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Story: A woman haunted by her past, Detective Robin Griffin, investigates complex and unsettling cases.
Style: captivating, clever, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, crime, missing child, disappearance, female detective, life is a bitch, self discovery, policewoman, sexual abuse, child abuse, buried truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: suspenseful, exciting, serious, captivating, scary ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: wizards and magicians, adventure, alien, young heroes, good versus evil, save the world, heroes, teenage life, supernatural, siblings relations, supernatural ability, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new zealand
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: stalking, village, unemployment, crimes, survival, danger, collector, deadly, village life, murder, mental illness, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary, year 1990
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, emotional, captivating, serious
Plot: chess, mental illness, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, hopes, power relations, mentally unstable, teaching, compassion, father son relationship, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 20th century
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, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, race against time, escapades, obsessive quest, airplane, survival, danger, adventurer, chase, bounty hunter, crimes, mountain ...
Time: 80s
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: emotional, realistic, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: family relations, gender, society, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, family in crisis, homosexuality, secret, coming out, double life, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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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, serious, rough, exciting, realistic
Plot: survival, vengeance, adventure, against the odds, heroes, rivalry, danger, youth, gory, deadly, master warrior, warrior ...
Place: new zealand
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Forgotten Silver (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 53 min.
Story: An epic documentary chronicling the extraordinary, unbelievable life of pioneer Kiwi filmmaker Colin McKenzie. Or is it?
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, epic, offbeat ...
Plot: filmmaking, satire, photograph, world war one, director, interview, spanish civil war, celebrity culture, showbiz, silly humor, inventions and discoveries, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s
Place: new zealand
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 6.6
 44K
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: cult film, humorous, captivating, scary, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: collector, chainsaw, gore, small town, anti hero, cannibalism, anti heroes, testosterone, fast food, space and aliens, gory, investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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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: rough, emotional, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, funeral, domestic violence, suicide, rape, unemployment, dysfunctional family, violence, family relations, indigenous, tattoo, alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
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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: scenic, humorous, touching, colourful, funny ...
Plot: hunting, wilderness, nature, countryside, childhood, adoption, boy, escape, forest, social worker, juvenile delinquent, sarcasm ...
Place: new zealand
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 5.8
 39K
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: humorous, scary, semi serious, satirical, stylized ...
Plot: sheep, bestiality, zombie, experiment gone awry, antidote, presumed dead, murder, countryside, danger, dangerous animal, deadly creature, disorder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
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Sleeping Dogs (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tragic ending
Plot: revolution, future dystopia, civil war, state affairs, chases and races, politics, society, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, political corruption, political unrest, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 70s, near future
Place: new zealand
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 4.7
 798
Mesmerized (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, New Zealand, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An orphan weds an older man in circa-1900 New Zealand, then finds out he's a miser who spies on her.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: sexual abuse, love triangle, murder, orphan, investigation, crumbling marriage, rivalry, supernatural ability, family relations, power relations, couples, family problems ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: new zealand
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 6.4
 127
Alex (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, New Zealand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It is New Zealand 1959. Teen swimmer Alex Archer has to battle set backs, intense rivalry and personal tragedy in her bid to win selection for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: against the odds, strong female presence, athlete's life, youth, young lovers, contests and competitions, rivalry, sport, feminism, school, human spirit, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s, 50s, year 1960, year 1959, 1950s
Place: new zealand, rome italy, europe
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The Tattooist (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, Netherlands, Singapore
Duration: 92 min.
Story: American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer wanders the world, exploring and exploiting ethnic themes in his tattoo designs. At a tattoo expo in Singapore, he gets his first glimpse at the exotic world of traditional Samoan tattoo (tatau), and, in a ...
Style: scary, tense, serious, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: tattoo, mysticism, ghost, supernatural, evil spirit, tattoo artist, danger, deadly, curses spells and rituals, supernatural power, murder, revenge ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand, singapore
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Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (1986)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Australia, New Zealand
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Featuring the characters from Murray Ball's "Footrot Flats", (New Zealands most beloved local cartoon strip ). Questions to be answered include: Will Wal Footrot win the affections of Cheeky Hobson over the sleazy Spit Murphy? Will ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, cult film
Audience: preschoolers, kids
Plot: hairdresser, river, farm, backwoods, countryside, boy and dog, love, dog, farming, friendship, small town, small town life ...
Place: new zealand
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Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gerry hires a car in Kaitaia with a stolen licence and travels to Invercargill with John, who's wife has just left him. The ultimate NZ roadtrip adventure.
Style: exciting, realistic, semi serious, offbeat, humorous ...
Plot: on the road, chases and races, adventure, obsessive quest, partners, chase, adventurer, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, heist, teenage life, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shot in and around the central Otago communities of Omakau, Ophir and Alexandra, A coming-of-age film that centers on overweight 12-year old Billy who is not interested in being a farmer and doesn't care for Rugby. His escape is the fantasy ...
Style: semi serious, touching, sentimental, feel good, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, countryside, bullying, rugby, teenage life, teenage love, youth, misfit, social misfits, lifestyle, gender ...
Time: 70s, year 1975
Place: new zealand
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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, serial killer, danger, supernatural, good versus evil, imaginary, gory, epidemic, legends and myths, escapades, heroic mission, heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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, light, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: trick, escapades, ambition, stuntman, contests and competitions, danger, rivalry, ego clash, injury, fall in love, blind ambition, fire
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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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, serious, emotional, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, obsession, murder, lesbian romance, friendship, insanity, opposites attract, murderous pair, passion, love, crimes, crime ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1954, year 1953
Place: new zealand, australia
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Naming Number Two (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A matriarch organizes a feast with her family, in which she will name her successor. The heart has gone out of Nanna Maria's family. There are no parties — they don't even fight anymore...
Style: semi serious, realistic, emotional, captivating, humorous
Plot: family relations, family, family gatherings, parents and children, siblings relations, family problems, aging, party, family history, heir, family life, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
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