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List of New Zealand Movies on Kanopy

Browse the full list of New Zealand movies streaming on Kanopy. Sort by Reelgood, IMDB rating, popularity and more to find something to watch!

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1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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7.9/10
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88/100
Released: 2016Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Once Were Warriors

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7.9/10
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79/100
Released: 1994Rated: R
Crime, Independent

What it's about: A drama about a Maori family living in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Slow West

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6.9/10
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78/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: In the Old West, a 17-year-old Scottish boy teams up with a mysterious gunman to find the woman with whom he is infatuated.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. An Angel at My Table

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7.5/10
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73/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Based on the autobiographical work of New Zealand writer Janet Frame, this production depicts the author at various stage of her life. Afflicted with mental and emotional issues, Frame grows up in an impoverished family and experiences numerous tragedies while still in her youth, including the deaths of two of her siblings. Portrayed as an adult by Kerry Fox, Frame finds acclaim for her writing while still in a mental institution, and her success helps her move on with her life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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5. The Quiet Earth

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6.8/10
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71/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. 6 Days

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6.2/10
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67/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: London, England, April 1980. Six terrorists assault the Embassy of Iran and take hostages. For six days, tense negotiations are held while the authorities decide whether a military squad should intervene.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Kanopy & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

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6.7/10
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66/100
Released: 1988Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In the 14th century a village seeking escape from the Black Death are guided by a boy's vision to tunnel into an abandoned mine and emerge into 20th century New Zealand.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Microsoft).

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8. Smash Palace

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6.9/10
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64/100
Released: 1981
Drama, Independent

What it's about: Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with cars. When Al finds her in the arms of another man, he takes his daughter, Georgie and heads for the bush, desperately hoping to hold on to the only family he has left. Written by Evan Yates

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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9. Goodbye Pork Pie

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6.8/10
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52/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Gerry hires a car in Kaitaia with a stolen licence and travels to Invercargill with John, who's wife has just left him. The ultimate NZ roadtrip adventure.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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10. Her Majesty

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6.9/10
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50/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG
Family, Independent

What it's about: Her Majesty is a 2005 coming of age film about a young girl who realizes her lifelong dream when Queen Elizabeth II comes to visit her small hometown.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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11. Sleeping Dogs

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6.4/10
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46/100
Released: 1977
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Recluse Smith is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerrillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Vigil

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6.9/10
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43/100
Released: 1984Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: Toss lives on a sheep farm with her father in New Zealand. When Toss's father dies in an accident, Ethan, an itinerant hunter, wanders onto the family farm and is given a job by her grandfather. Toss's fairly innocent relationship with Ethan is severed when he forms a relationship with her mother.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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13. Human Traces

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6.1/10
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43/100
Released: 2017
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: When a mysterious young man arrives on a remote Sub-Antarctic research station, secrets threaten the relationship of a married couple working on the island.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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14. The Orator

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6.9/10
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38/100
Released: 2011
Drama

What it's about: The Orator (O Le Tulafale) is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness and love. Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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15. Mauri

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6.0/10
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36/100
Released: 1988
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Rewi Rapana returns to the small country town of Te Mata after his family has left the district. His arrival rekindles old tensions as well as renewing family ties. He is seeking an identity and a permanent place to call home yet desperately hiding a secret from his past. Oddly enough there is one person with whom he finds peace of mind. She is an old woman known as Kara. A special relationship develops between Rewi, Kara and Kara’s great granddaughter Awatea.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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16. Sunday

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5.9/10
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36/100
Released: 2014
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Eve and Charlie are about to have a baby but they are no longer together. After years of history and months of separation they have 24 hours to find their way forward. Set in Christchurch, New Zealand one year after the earthquakes that devastated the city. 'Sunday' is a story like the city, one of past devastation and a chance at rebuilding.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Sundance Now & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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17. The Inland Road

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5.8/10
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36/100
Released: 2017
Drama

What it's about: An unconventional love story between an antisocial teenager, a Scotsman and a five-year-old girl.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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18. Ngati

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7.4/10
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34/100
Released: 1987
Drama

What it's about: Set in and around the fictional town of Kapua in 1948, Ngati is the story of a Māori community. The film comprises three narrative threads: a boy, Ropata, is dying of leukaemia; the return of a young Australian doctor, Greg, and his discovery that he has Māori heritage; and the fight to keep the local freezing works open.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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19. Spring Jam

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7.0/10
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33/100
Released: 2016
Animation

What it's about: A young stag, lacking impressive antlers, must improvise with sweet music in order to have any chance during the mating season.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).