Mar 1, 2017

What New Zealand films are out there?


New Zealand has featured in several big budget movie productions. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was filmed entirely in New Zealand. Our Ultimate North trip passes through many of the areas that doubled as Middle Earth during the production of the three films. The following films/series were also filmed in New Zealand.

Worth seeing (most recent releases first) 

*see first

  • Land of the Long White Cloud *
  • Kaikohe Demolition
  • Eagle vs Shark
  • Hunt for the wilderpeople *
  • No. 2 *
  • Boy 
  • Black Sheep
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Sione’s Wedding *
  • The World’s Fastest Indian *
  • Woodenhead
  • River Queen
  • King Kong
  • In My Father’s Den
  • Whale Rider *
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King *
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers *
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring *
  • Rain
  • Via Satellite 
  • The Piano *
  • Savage Honeymoon


  • Stickmen
  • Brain Dead and Meet the Feebles (early Peter Jackson, only view if you like low-budget splatter films)
  • The Price of Milk
  • Snakeskin
  • Topless Women Talk About Their Lives
  • Once Were Warriors *
  • Utu
  • An Angel at My Table
  • The Frighteners *
  • Heavenly Creatures *
  • Scarfies (a great bogan tale)
  • Ruby and Rata
  • Vigil
  • The End of the Golden Weather
  • The Navigator   
  • The Quiet Earth                                                                                         
  • Smash Palace
  • Ngati
  • Goodbye Pork Pie
  • Walking with Dinosaurs (TV series)
  • The Castle – an Aussie movie but has to be mentioned because it’s fabulous *                                   

nz books and films
What New Zealand books are out there?

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  • The following list will introduce you to some of New Zealand’s best authors and their favourite books.
  • Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones
  • Owls Do Cry, Janet Frame
  • An Angel at my Table, Janet Frame
  • The Garden Party, Katherine Mansfield                                                        
  • Plumb, Maurice Gee       
  • Blindsight, Maurice Gee                                                                                             
  • The Bone People, Keri Hulme
  • Tu, Patricia Grace
  • Potiki, Patricia Grace
  • That Summer, Frank Sargeson
  • Penguin History of New Zealand, Michael King                       
  • Te Puea, Michael King
  • Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff
  • Sing to Me, Dreamer, Shonagh Koea
  • Pounamu, Pounamu, Witi Ihimaera
  • Tangi, Witi Ihimaera
  • The Book of Fame, Lloyd Jones
  • Harlequin Rex, Owen Marshall
  • The Life of Captain Cook, James Beaglehole
  • The Haunting, Margaret Mahy

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