Matakana’s three-theatre boutique cinema is so charming, you’ll pray for a day of rain so you can sneak
inside. Each of the theatres is themed; our fave is the Paradiso –
its ceiling is bedecked in paper flowers, and tui and fantails perch on the walls. The cinema is part of a rejuvenation of the village within
the past 10 years, which – along with quality shops, cafés and craft studios – brings more than a dash of sophistication to this beautiful
slice of Kiwi countryside.