Recline and unwind: NZ's independent cinema experiences

The pink and black exterior of The Mayfair in Kaikoura.
Picture this, it’s Friday night, you’re settling into your favourite reclining lounger, a glass of wine in hand and the opening credits are beginning on the screen in front of you. Sure this situation could be in your living room at home but why not amp up the cosiness vibes and treat yourself to a trip to your local independent cinema.

Dead Souls Bookshop

Books on shelves.
Place Dunedin

Dead Souls offers every visitor a bit of that magic that only the best bookstores have.

The Regent Theatre

The staircase.
Place Dunedin

Re-inspire the romantic side of your brain and pay a visit to the Regent.

Gallery de Novo

Inside the gallery with art on the walls.
Place Dunedin

Fine art can be intimidating but here it’s light, exciting and even fun.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

A featured exhibition in the foyer.
Place Dunedin

The jewel in Dunedin's crown.

The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery

Animal skulls.
Place Dunedin

A museum unlike any other, this is local artist Bruce Mahalski’s greatest work.

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Portraits on a wall.
Place Dunedin

Whether you’ve just arrived in Otago for the first time or have lived here for years, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum will give you a new appreciation for the region and how it’s come to be what we know today.

Olveston House

Close up of a Goldie painting.
Place Dunedin

Step inside this inner-city mansion and you will find a time-warp to a decadent existence unlike anything this country will see again.

Blue Oyster

Urn on a stand on the wooden floor.
Place Dunedin

The scenery’s forever changing at Blue Oyster, the largest contemporary art project space in Otago/Southland.

Quadrant Gallery

Jewellery in display cabinets.
Place Dunedin

Quadrant Gallery exhibits and sells jewellery and small things, but the items for sale are chosen not merely for their aesthetic pleasure, but for the statement they express.