Amazing Movies and Documentaries that will inspire you to visit New Zealand:

Whale Rider 2002

Based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera, the film tells the story of a young Maori girl, Pai,  who is determined to prove her great grandfather, the chief of the Maori tribe, that she can be his successor.

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Captain Cook The Man Behind the Legend

Historian Vanessa Collingridge follows the footsteps of the famous 18th-century navigator and chart-maker Captain James Cook.

The Dead Lands 2014

The Dead Land tells the story of Hongi, Māori chief’s teenage son, who after his tribe is slaughtered by a rival group, travels  through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands to ask a mysterious and fearsome Warrior to help him take revenge.

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Flight of the Conchords

A popular television comedy series that follows the day to day lives of  two New Zealanders; Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie (playing fictionalized versions of themselves), who moved to New York in hopes of starting a successful music career.

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What We Do in the Shadows 2014

Hilarious mockumentary  horror comedy movie about four vampires housemates from Wellington, who are trying to get by in a modern world.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016

An award winning comedy drama starring Sam Neill. A troubled teenage boy  and his foster uncle go missing in the New Zealand wilderness when running away from welfare services.

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Boy 2010

A comedy drama film set on the east coast of New Zealand in the 1980’s. Boy  tells a story of n 11-year-old Maori boy, who lives on a small farm with his grandmother and younger brother. One day, after 7 years of absence,  his father returns home to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

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Once Were Warriors 1994

A drama film based on Alan Duff’s bestselling novel. It tells a story of a Maori family in the slums of Auckland struggling with alcohol abuse and family violence.

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New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands 2016

BBC documentary  series about  New Zealand’s rich and magnificent wildlife.

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Allan Baldwin: In Frame 2013

In the 60’s young photographer Allan Baldwin traveled across New Zealand  capturing the images of elderly Maori ladies with traditional Moko chin tattoos. Now in his 90’s, Baldwin reflects on his journey and it’s meaning.

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