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Fiordland Cinema

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Address: 7 The Lane, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
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+64 3-249 8844
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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relaxing cinema experience with glass of wine!

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

Reviewed 17 January 2015
jane m
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2015

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

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Thank jane m
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

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

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2015

On our fourth trip to Te Anau we finally made it to this cinema to see the scenic half-hour film of the Fiordland area. It's certainly worth a look and gives a series of panoramic views over the wilderness in different seasons, with a stirring soundtrack. Not expensive and a budget alternative to flying in a helicopter yourself! Especially if... More 

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Thank Fiona O
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Hi Fiona.... wow, sounds like you are thinking of becoming a local! We're glad you finally found us and enjoyed our film, maybe we'll get to see you again soon! More 

Sydney, Australia
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2015

Fabulous little cinema in the heart of town. Fun experience to grab a drink and a gourmet snack at the attached Black Dog bar and take it in to watch a film. We caught a fab short film on Fiordlands and southern island. It was a gorgeous film.

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Thank Emilia M
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks so much Emilia! We're really glad you enjoyed it. More 

Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2015

fabulous scenery, comfy cinema and a good way to escape the rain. Made me want to walk more tracks and explore more of NZ

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Thank Perth2go
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Hi Perth2Go and thanks for your review! We certainly are the top indoor activity here on a rainy day... and we're very pleased that we've helped inspire to you get out and enjoy the New Zealand wilderness! More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015

Great movie to see as an introduction into Fjordland, would have been better in 3D but you can't have everything :)

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Thank Paulbudde
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback Paul... 3D would be great fun, but no plans to install it just yet I'm afraid! More 

Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2015

I had the great pleasure of viewing The Hobbit at this cinema and loved the big comfy seats, the in cinema service and fantastic considerate customer service. They have an interval which I loved as we used to have them many years ago in Adelaide but they had since stopped. It was great during the interval to go for a... More 

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Thank Hallett505
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review Hallett505! I hope your wife is feeling better... I do remember! We're glad you got to see the Hobbit with us, it is quite special to see a movie like this here in it's birthplace. The same goes for Ata Whenua - it was very much a special local project and we're so happy... More 

Hawick
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

Well worth a visit and only 20 dollars per head to see a spectacular movie with music via a surround sound system. If you can't do a helicopter ride this is the next best thing.

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Thank Hassendeanbandb
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Hassendeanbandb, "the next best thing to helicopter flight" is definitely an appropriate description of our movie! Just a little note for future readers... our admission price is $10 per adult. Glad you liked it! More 

Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

The short, 30-minute video of beautiful Fiordland National Park scenery should be a must-do for any who visit Te Anau. A fantastic film. The Cinema is also great to just go catch a regular movie flick, if you feel inclined. The small little theater features large, plush, comfortable seating, a full drink menu and food service, too!

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Thank Keith-B-Robinson
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review Keith, we certainly are a "must do" and our seats do draw much envy with tourists! We're really glad you enjoyed our film and your visit here. More 

Orangeville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

We saw the feature film about the sounds and stunning photography. Too bad there was not an informative commentary in addition.

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Thank TLAOrangeville
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks for your review TLAOrangeville, we're glad you enjoyed the film and thanks for your critique. When "Ata Whenua" was made 10 years ago the producer and director wanted to make the film a scenic experience of the area rather than a documentary. To help answer any questions and provide some more specific information, we developed a leaflet that we... More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2015

Ata Whenua - Shadowland. A great film and music to show you a bit of Fiordland National Park from the air.

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Thank reisverslaafde
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks very much! Glad you liked it. More 

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