Top ChoiceCinema in Gisborne

Dome Cinema

The excellent, artful 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...

Top ChoiceCinema in Masterton & Around

Screening Room

An urbane addition to workaday Masterton's cultural life, the Screening Room is a top spot to catch a movie (two plush 60-seat cinemas) or sip wine on the terrace, along with some top-flight tapas (share plates...

Top ChoiceCinema 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 glam Black Sparrow cocktail...

Traditional Music in Rotorua

Tamaki Māori Village

Modestly proclaiming itself one of the 10 best experiences in the world, Tamaki offers a 3½-hour twilight Māori cultural experience in its recreated precolonial village, 15km south of Rotorua (transfers...

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 pizza and dumpling snacks from a little eatery out the front.

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...

Spectator Sport in Kingsland & Mt Eden

Eden Park

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

Traditional Music in Rotorua

Mitai Māori Village

This family-run outfit offers a popular three-hour evening event with a concert, hāngi and glowworm bush walk. The experience starts with the arrival of a waka taua (war canoe) and can be combined with a...

Cinema in Stratford

King's Theatre

When Stratford's fine old picture house opened on the last day of 1917, movies were still silent, King George V was on the throne back in London and New Zealand had only been an independent country for a decade....

Cinema in Opunake

Everybody's Theatre

This restored 1920s theatre, run by volunteers, has been redeemed as Opunake's cutural beacon, with couches downstairs and regular movie theatre seats upstairs. Shows new releases as well as classic, foreign and...

Cinema in Martinborough

Circus

Martinborough has its own stylish art-house cinema – a mod, micro-sized complex with two comfy studio theatres and a cafe opening out on to a sunny, somewhat Zen garden. Food offerings (mains $24 to $34) include...

Live Performance in Whanganui

Royal Wanganui Opera House

Whanganui's magnificent white weatherboard opera house (1899) is New Zealand's (and some suggest the southern hemisphere's) last working Victorian-era theatre, with room for 830 bums on seats. The architecture is...

Live Music in Wellington

Meow

Truly the cat’s pyjamas, Meow goes out on a limb to host a diverse range of gigs and performances: country, ragtime, DJs, acoustic rock, jazz, poetry… At the same time the kitchen plates up good-quality,...

Live Music in Whanganui

Savage Club

The first Friday of every month is club night here; that means a scheduled performance from local and international stars, and even open mic earlier on. This is where the musos go for gigs. Search Whanganui...

Cinema in Wairoa & Around

Gaiety Cinema & Theatre

The long-derelict Gaiety has been architecturally redeemed, and exudes gaiety once again! Art-house and mainstream movies on the Wairoa riverside and occasional music gigs too. The excellent Eastend Cafe is next...

Cinema in Whanganui

Embassy 3 Cinemas

Nightly new-release blockbusters selling out faster than you can say ‘bored Whanganui teenagers’. Arthouse films screen too, plus a new 20-seat boutique cinema called 'The Lounge' with plush seats and superior...

Concert Venue in Wellington

Michael Fowler Centre

The city's major concert hall stages regular performances by the NZ Symphony Orchestra (www.nzso.co.nz), Orchestra Wellington (www.orchestrawellington.co.nz) and assorted pop stars and contemporary musicians.

Theatre in Napier

Napier Municipal Theatre

Not only the city’s largest venue for the likes of rock concerts, dance and drama (1000 seats), but also one of the world’s few working art-deco theatres. Worth going to for the original foyer lighting alone! Box...

Traditional Music in Rotorua

Matariki

The Novotel's 2½-hour Māori cultural experience includes a performance of traditional song and dance followed by a hāngi. It's held in a separate building adjacent to the hotel, facing the village green.

Cinema in Wellington

Light House Cinema

Tucked away near the top end of Cuba St, this small, stylish cinema throws a range of mainstream, art-house and foreign films up onto the screens in three small theatres. High-quality snacks; Tuesday tickets $11.50.