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Fiordland Cinema

7 The Lane, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
+64 3-249 8844
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Experience the best of Fiordland in 32 mins - watch the movie 'Ata Whenua'
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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
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ata whenua” (31 reviews)
“minute film” (26 reviews)
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Hours Today: 14:30 - 21:30
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7 The Lane, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
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+64 3-249 8844
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Reviewed 1 March 2015 via mobile

I thought this was going to be a great opportunity to learn more about the area we were visiting. Unfortunately it is really just an advertisement for the helicopter company that made the film. There is no narration and mixed in with some imagery of...More

Thank kmeehancoop
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2015

Hi kmeehancoop, thanks for taking the time to review us and sharing your thoughts. Fiordland on Film was never intended to be a documentary or educational film of the area. The inspiration behind making the film was the majesty and mystery of Fiordland itself; and...More

Reviewed 24 February 2015

This 30 minute film shows many aspects of Fiordland National Park through the seasons. I found it stunning to see the aerial shots of both the Fiords and the surrounding mountains. Apart from the scenery you save some of the native wildlife, some climbers and...More

Thank jillreading08
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2015

Thanks so much for your review jillianj08 and for recommending us! We're very glad you enjoyed our film and visit with us!

Reviewed 24 February 2015

Only went to the cinema because it was a cold wet day but couldn't have been more surprised. The seats are really large and comfortable, and you can take a glass of wine in and enjoy a truly spectacular 30 minute film of some of...More

Thank Davy62
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2015

Thanks so much Davy62 and we are glad for the rainy cold day that helped you find us! We believe we are a great and very worthwhile way to spend half an hour of your holiday. So glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 21 February 2015 via mobile

This lovely small theater plays a 30 minute film of aerial views of Fiordland several times each day. The film was truly first class with incredible footage. Well worth your time to see parts of this incredible area that you just can't usually see.

1  Thank bhall4
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2015

Thanks for your review bhall4, it took 2 and a half years to get all the shots seen in the movie so we are really glad the work paid off. We're so pleased you liked our cinema and our movie!

Reviewed 17 February 2015

What can you say...this is the most comfortable cinema I have ever been to. The staff are very friendly and helpful. You can order refreshments and they deliver to you in your seat. Its a smaller cinema with approx. 50 seats but they are wide...More

Thank kaipo6363
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2015

Thanks kaipo6363! We certainly are very spoilt here in Te Anau with this as our local cinema! It's gorgeous... a bit like the staff really :) definitely the comfiest seats around!

Reviewed 10 February 2015

We were travelling to begin the Hollyford walk and met our guides here at the cinema. We didn't watch the film about Fiordland because we were going to experience it 1st hand. The staff at the cinema and adjacent bar are friendly and helpful and...More

Thank VitaAuckland
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2015

Thanks very much VitaAuckland, glad you enjoyed the Pinot!

Reviewed 5 February 2015

Loved the leg room and the quaintness of this cinema as it only sat 50 people.We had a cup of tea and a snack which was brought to us and could sit comfortably in a little table beside your chair

Thank Little00715
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2015

Thanks for your review Little00715, we pride ourselves on our lovely comfy theatre and in helping people enjoy their experience. Glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 19 January 2015

Having experienced a 'trip of a lifetime' recently by driving throughout the magnificent South Island we topped our trip with a visit to the Fiordland Cinema to watch the half hour film of what the area has to offer (by air) and were not disappointed....More

1  Thank Junevelyn
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2015

Junevelyn, you "hit the nail on the head" when you say we have slice of heaven on earth! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and loved the film... makes it all worthwhile!

Reviewed 18 January 2015

We visited the cinema before going to Milford sound. This allowed us to understand that we are not even scratching the surface of what is being offered throughout the area. The photography and camera work certainly allows you to be awed by the spectacular views...More

Thank Steve M
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2015

Thanks so much Steve... Fiordland is absolutely immense and the desire to show our guests what they could never see without a helicopter was a big inspiration for making the film. So thank you, we are so pleased that this was the effect it had...More

Reviewed 17 January 2015

We say the incredible filming of the fiordland area which whet our appetite for our Doubtful Sound trip

Thank jane m
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2015

Thanks for your review Jane! We're pleased you enjoyed our film as an introduction to the area.

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