North Island 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 …
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…
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…
Spectator Sport in Auckland

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 (www.aucklan…
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. The i-…
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 night-time …
Cinema in Martinborough

Circus

Lucky old Martinborough has its own stylish art-house cinema. This modern, micro-sized complex has two comfy studio theatres and a cafe opening out on to a sunny, somewhat Zen garden. Reasonably priced food (mains $…
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 Musician…