School holiday films playing in NZ cinemas


Looking to treat the tamariki to the magic of cinema? We’ve rounded off all the big family-friendly films playing on the big screen these school holidays.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Now in cinemas (find times and tickets)

A young orphan discovers a magical garden at her uncle’s country manor in this family fantasy based on the classic children’s novel. Co-stars Julie Walters and Colin Firth.

Robert De Niro in The War with Grandpa

The War with Grandpa

Now in cinemas (find times and tickets)

A boy goes to war with his grandpa (Robert De Niro) who’s moving in and taking his bedroom in this family comedy based on the award-winning book by Robert Kimmel Smith, co-starring Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken.

100% Wolf

100% Wolf

In cinemas from 1 October (find times and tickets)

A young heir to a proud family line of werewolves accidentally turns into a poodle in this animated family flick. He has until moonrise to prove he has the heart of a wolf or risk being cast out of the pack.

Spring Show Me Shorts

Whānau Friendly short films at Show Me Shorts

In select cinemas from 2 October (find times and tickets)

Show Me Shorts is Aotearoa’s biggest short film festival. This particular showcase presents an hour of comedy, animation and adventure short films suitable for the whole whānau.

Astro Kid

Astro Kid

Now in cinemas (find times and tickets)

After the destruction of their ship, a young boy is separated from his parents and must await his rescue in this French animated space adventure dubbed in English.

Four Kids and It

Four Kids and It

Now in cinemas (find times and tickets)

Delivering a role Stuff describes as “his liveliest performance in years”, Michael Caine voices a magical creature who ends up on a Cornwall beach and has the power to grant a family wishes in this fantasy kids flick.

Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue

Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue

Now in cinemas (find times and tickets)

The super pups must defend Barkingburg from the Duke of Flappington, who has acquired the power of a mighty levitation gem, in this new movie.

Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite

Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite

Now in cinemas (find times and tickets)

When a supervillain parrot discovers a way to manipulate sounds, secret agent cats and dogs join forces to keep the peace in this family-furrendly comedy adventure.

Trolls World Tour

Now in cinemas (find times and tickets)

Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick return for the all-star sequel to the 2016 DreamWorks hit CG-animated musical, Trolls. Released earlier in the year, Kiwi families can still find screenings in select cinemas across the nation.