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Fiordland Cinema

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Address: 7 The Lane, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-249 8844
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Voted a 'must see' for visitors to Te Anau & Fiordland National Park,...

Voted a 'must see' for visitors to Te Anau & Fiordland National Park, Ata Whenua - Shadowland (pronounced 'Ata-fenua'; also known as 'Fiordland on Film') takes you on an unforgettable cinematic journey through one of the most awe inspiring landscapes on earth. See the Fiordland World Heritage wilderness you would not otherwise get to see. Mysterious, evocative, exhilarating and utterly spectacular, filmed across extremes of the seasons, climate and terrain.

Set to a stunning original soundtrack with no spoken / written words, Ata Whenua can be enjoyed by all. Running time: 32 minutes.

Fiordland Cinema also screens regular feature movies

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Good on a wet day

I enjoyed it, it was a wet day so I got a beer and went along. It it a great insight to Fiordland and of course you see more than you might if you have a limited time.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed it, it was a wet day so I got a beer and went along. It it a great insight to Fiordland and of course you see more than you might if you have a limited time.

Thank GregAussie1
High Point, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This theater and its movie about Fjordlands National Park was recommended as I checked in to my hotel-and I'm so glad I took their advice. The 30 minute film-Ata Whenua-was created from footage shot over months and months via helicopter. You'll see many areas you wouldn't even see on a longer hike, really a must see while in Te Anau.... More 

Thank marftrip
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a miserable wet day when we arrived in Te Anau so we thought we would pay a visit to the cinema to watch ATA Whenua. What a lovely little cinema with very comfortable seats and friendly staff. We conveniently arrived in time for happy hour and took our drinks into the film. The film itself was quite spectacular... More 

Thank weelassieScotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the cinema to watch the Ata Whenua movie and wow! It's a simply breath taking piece of cinematography. After visiting Milford sound its nice to spot landmarks you recognise and remember you really went there. Cinema itself is very nice with big chairs

Thank Thomas W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, it's worth the 9NZD to see this. The cinema is modern and comfortable while the movie views are fantastic. The sound system is also fantastic, but the sounds during the film somewhat ruined it for both my wife and I. The music is touted as great in advertisements, but it doesn't fit the flow of the... More 

Thank Michael M
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Grab a beer and catch a show in this cool movie theatre that shows major feature films as well as a local production of a spectacular movie of Fiordland National Park. The Fiordland film is about 30 mins long, costs $10, and is worth the time and expense. The Theatre also has a funky bar attached (Black Dog Bar) that... More 

Thank Jamhfx
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

We really enjoyed this movie--really a spiritual experience. Since our short visit to Te Anau didn't allow time for extensive hiking or a trip to Milford or Doubtful Sound, we particularly enjoyed seeing so much beautiful scenery on film.

Thank Christine J
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

We went to seeTe Ata Whenua - Shadowland DVD on the advice of locals. The cinema is casual, not expensive and you can take drinks in. The seats are comfortable with a shelf for your glass. The DVD was sensational - views of New Zealand from a helicopter. There was no commentary and no need as the views spoke for... More 

Thank JaneMay
Wiltshire UK
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Whether you've been into the sounds or about to go, watch this beautiful film. Stunning filmography, incredible imagery. Beautiful film & cosy cinema with super comfy seats & great ice cream!

Thank Rome_at_Easter
L'Escala, Spain
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

The cinema is equipped with large comfortable armchairs. We were able to bring our drinks from the bar to our seats in the cinema. The staff were all very nice and helpful. The film is worth every penny. It's simply beautiful and breath taking. May be it could nice to know where exactly this was filmed

Thank Doyia

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