Best new New-Zealand Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best New-Zealand movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Leanne Pooley, James Napier Robertson & Jemaine Clement New Zealand's biggest directors?

Peter Jackson is from New Zealand. But what else do you know about New Zealand cinema? In case you’re curious; we made a list of the best recent Kiwi movies.

New New-Zealand movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018


Best New-Zealand movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 New-Zealand movies

  • Pork Pie

    DIRECTOR: Matt Murphy
    CAST: Dean O'Gorman James Rolleston Ashleigh Cummings

    A remake of the classic 1981 comedy 'Goodbye Pork Pie'. Three outlaws (in a yellow mini cooper) are on the run for the authorities. Might even be better than the oiginal! Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 2nd, 2017

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Best New-Zealand movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated New-Zealand movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Boy

    DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi
    CAST: James Rolleston Taika Waititi Moerangi Tihore

    The story is set in 1984 against the beautiful backdrop of east coast of New Zealand; a young boy who is a big fan of Michael Jackson gets to spend some time with his... Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 25th, 2010

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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    DIRECTOR: Taika Waititi
    CAST: Sam Neill Julian Dennison Rima Te Wiata

    Veteran actor Sam Neill teams up with brilliant newcomer Julian Dennison in this very original buddy movie about a grumpy ex-convict and a juvenile delinquent hiding in the New Zeeland bush for an evil Child Care Officer. Beautifully shot and darkly comical, this little gem reminded us of Wes Anderson's best work. Read more

    RATING: 7.9/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 22nd, 2016

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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    DIRECTOR: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
    CAST: Jemaine Clement, aika Waititi Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

    A very funny, rib tickling concept; a documentary team visits a vampire fraternity that shares an apartment in Wellington and what they film there is the everyday life of... Read more

    RATING: 7.6/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 1st, 2015

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  • Mahana

    DIRECTOR: Lee Tamahori
    CAST: Temuera Morrison Akuhata Keefe Nancy Brunning

    Director Lee Tamahori (Once We Warriors) returns to his native New Zealand with this great drama film about two rivaling shepherd families in the 1960's. Based on the 1994 novel 'Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies' by Witi Ihimaera, who wrote the classic 'The Whale Rider'. Read more

    RATING: 7.3/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 3rd, 2016

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  • The Dark Horse

    DIRECTOR: James Napier Robertson
    CAST: Cliff Curtis James Rolleston Kirk Torrance

    A very talented chess champion who has lost his cause finds purpose in training underprivileged children about the ways of life and the rules of the game. Read more

    RATING: 7.3/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 11th, 2015

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  • The Weight of Elephants

    DIRECTOR: Daniel Borgman
    CAST: Demos Murphy Angelina Cottrell Catherine Wilkin

    A lonely boy lives with his Grandmother and sick uncle as his mother abandoned him at a very early age; he develops a fond friendship with a girl who might actually be a... Read more

    RATING: 66/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 6th, 2013

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  • The Dead Lands

    DIRECTOR: Toa Fraser
    CAST: James Rolleston Lawrence Makoare Te Kohe Tuhaka

    A teenager who belongs to a Maori tribe that lost to the enemies because of an act of deceit; now, he has to avenge his tribe's honour and the death of his slain... Read more

    RATING: 6.3/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 30th, 2014

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  • The Worlds’ Fastest Indian

    DIRECTOR: Roger Donaldson
    CAST: Anthony Hopkins Diane Ladd Iain Rea

    The story of a speed enthusiast from New Zealand who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle that helped him break the land speed record at Bonneville Salt... Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 30th, 2014

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