The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Ev­ery­one needs a break from the beach. If you want to spend a cou­ple of hours in­doors, Matakana Cin­e­mas is the place. Built in 2007, the venue is the past win­ner of NZ’s Best In­die Cin­ema. The range of films is sub­stan­tial, from the Metropoli­tan Opera to the lat­est fluffy Disney of­fer­ing, as well as the­atre per­for­mances and clas­sic New Zealand and for­eign films. Grab a gelato or glass of wine and get in early to snag one of the re­clin­ers at the front of the cin­ema (no sore necks here). The dé­cor may dis­tract from the screens; in the Par­adiso room, guests sit un­der a cloud of roses - there are 32,000 on the roof – while the Chan­de­lier room has what is re­puted to be the largest chan­de­lier in the south­ern hemi­sphere.

2 Matakana Val­ley Road, Matakana, (09) 423 0218, matakanacin­e­

Art lover Richard Dids­bury at Matakana Cin­ema.

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