New Zealand entertainment

Top Choice Cinema in Gisborne

Dome Cinema

The excellent Dome is located inside the charming old Poverty Bay Club building (1874): beanbags and art-house flicks now occupy the glass-domed ballroom. There's a cool bar next door serving beer, wine and pizza am…
Top Choice Cinema in Wellington

Embassy Theatre

Wellywood’s cinema mother ship is an art-deco darling, built in the 1920s. Today she screens mainly mainstream films with state-of-the-art sound and vision. Be sure to check out the glamorous Black Sparrow cocktail …
Top Choice Live Music in Oamaru

Penguin Club

Tucked down an atmospheric alley off a 19th-century street, the Penguin’s unusual location matches its acts: everything from touring Kiwi bands to punky/grungy/rocky/country locals.
Cinema in Arrowtown

Dorothy Browns

This is what a cinema should be like: wide, ultra-comfortable seating with fine local wine, cheese boards and olives available to accompany the mostly art-house films on offer. Most screenings in the main theatre ha…
Traditional Music in Rotorua

Tamaki Māori Village

Tamaki offers a 3½-hour twilight Māori cultural experience starting with free transfers from Rotorua to its recreated precolonial village, 15km south of Rotorua. The encounter is very hands-on, taking you on an inte…
Theatre in Christchurch

Isaac Theatre Royal

This century-old dear survived the quakes and emerged restored to full glory in 2014. Its heritage features are enjoyed by patrons venturing inside for everything from opera and ballet to contemporary theatre and ro…
Cinema in Napier

Globe Theatrette

A vision in purple, this boutique 45-seat cinema screens art-house flicks in a sumptuous lounge with ready access to upmarket snacks and drinks.
Theatre in Auckland

Whoa! Studios

Exciting and educational kids' shows are performed at this innovative theatre in Henderson – expect extreme fun and irreverence – and the whole shebang also features a brilliant kids' playground and the excellent Gr…
Cinema in Wanaka


How very Wanaka that an art-house cinema should adjoin an indoor climbing wall. Channelling a lush New York or Shanghai vibe, Ruby's has a whiff of cinema's glory days. Watch a movie from a reclining leather chair w…
Spectator Sport in Auckland

Eden Park

This stadium hosts top rugby (winter) and cricket (summer) tests by the All Blacks ( and the Black Caps (, respectively. It's also the home ground of Auckland Rugby (www.aucklan…