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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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What a cool experience! The Ata Whenua movie offers such a wonderful experience of being flown around Fiordland with really lovely music. I am so pleased that I went. The seats... read more

Reviewed December 19, 2014
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Montgomery, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2014

I watched "Shadowlands" at the cinema. It was short, but that was not my issue with it. i would have much preferred it to be all nature, i did not see much of the wildlife in the park. I dont really care to see human climbers, helicopters, and boats--show me nature, that is what this park is all about.

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Thank ALtraveler64
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Hi ALtraveler64, Thank you for your review. We'd like to just note that "Ata Whenua - Shadowland" was intended to be a scenic experience of the National Park rather than a direct nature documentary, hence the specially written soundtrack rather than a commentary. The film makers wanted to show a variety of Fiordland inhabitants, from birds like Kea and Takahe,... More 

New Zealand
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2014

What a cool experience! The Ata Whenua movie offers such a wonderful experience of being flown around Fiordland with really lovely music. I am so pleased that I went. The seats are generously proportioned and very comfortable, and while I could have chosen a beer or wine from a well put-together list, I am pleased I had a coffee which... More 

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Thank Cesfi1
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed our facilities, Cesfi 1! We think we're a "must visit" in Te Anau too! Thanks very much. More 

Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2014

Although you have to pay NZ$10 pp, the whole film and construction of the cinema was done solely to show the beauty of NZ. Well worth the 30 mins. to see some scenes that not everyone can see unless you live in NZ or visit NZ every month to view the changing scenery

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Thank Geralyn B
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed it AB! It is lovely to see Fiordland in all its weathers! More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2014

We saw the Fiordland 30 minute film which is a wordless tour of the fiordlands shot from the air. The accompanying music is very good and the cinamatography is amazing. This film is advertised throughout the town and many shops will hand you a discount voucher. If you don't have a discount voucher, go anyway. This is a worthwhile experience.... More 

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Thank Brian M
fiordlandcinema, Social Media/Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks Brian M, we're so pleased you enjoyed our Cinema! It certainly is world class... we have people from all over "ooohing' and "aaahing" over our lovely big red chairs, and our sound system is one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere! Hopefully you can come back one day soon! More 

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2014

Thought it was going to be a great overview of all the sights of Fiordland. While it was a well done film it was a bit artsy for me. Also there no narration so you don't know where you are at any point. On the positive you get to see it in all seasons and see some parts you would... More 

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Thank Winterpoggers
fiordlandcinema, Social Media/Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks very much for Winterpoggers for your honest critique, and we are glad you still enjoyed the amazing cinematography. "Ata Whenua" was created to be a scenic experience of Fiordland rather than a documentary, so we had flyers made to accompany our tickets...these have some information about some of the places and flora and fauna shown in the film. We... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went to an evening showing of a first release movie (Hunger Games - Mockinjay). All seats are reserved. They are very comfortable and the view of the screen is great. There's also intermission which was a bit of a novelty and also fun. They have terrific and tempting snacks and drinks. Also very good value (adults $15 and kids... More 

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Thank Geoff K
fiordlandcinema, Social Media/Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Geoff K... just as a little note for future researchers, our feature movies are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors/students and $8 for kids 14 and under. Ata Whenua is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. More 

Wiltshire, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2014

There was a film showing which was shot from a helicopter over Fiordland. The footage was amazing and very emotive, well worth watching to get a feel for the amazing scenery in the area.

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fiordlandcinema, Social Media/Supervisor at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks Janerobbo! Glad you enjoyed it :) More 

Berkeley CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2014

Beautifully edited film of views from helicopter flight over the glacier and other local sights. Make sure you read the brochure before seeing the film so you know what you are seeing!

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fiordlandcinema, Supervisor/Social Media at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and helpful hint... we hope the accompanying brochure answered your questions! More 

New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is really worth 30 minutes of your time when in Te Anau. What an amazing documentary film about the area made over a period of several years (principally shot from helicopters) shown in a theater built specifically to show it!

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Thank Armarina
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor/Social Media at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Armarina, our Cinema certainly is a special place! We are glad you came to visit and enjoyed your experience! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is a stunning film of fiordland mostly taken from helicopters. The views are spectacular and you see things from a different perspective. The film last about 30 minutes and it costs 10 NZ$ and is well worth the time and the cost.

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Thank Well91
fiordlandcinema, Supervisor/Social Media at Fiordland Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Well91! Glad you enjoyed the movie. More 

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