Movies and TV

Movies and TV

Watch movies and tv shows online or on DVD.

Take your pick from over 10,000 films - action movies, indie documentaries, or binge-worthy dramas. Stream them for free, or borrow DVDs.


Read about your favourite films, directors, and actors.


Create your own films at the library using cameras, recording equipment and specialist software.


Access Video

World-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos on every known subject.


On-demand streaming video service with a large collection of award-winning independent, international and classic films, and documentaries.

New Zealand Geographic Archive

Over 600 in-depth features about natural history and culture. Includes NZGeo TV which contains hundreds of hours of natural history video.

Naxos Video Library

Performing arts video library. Watch concerts, operas, ballets and music documentaries online.

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Movies and TV

Find movies and tv shows on streaming video and DVD:

Find the new DVDs in our collection.
Browse the complete DVD collection.

Popular Culture newsletter

New and recommended reads from the worlds of television and film, fashion, sport, the internet, music and theatre.

Movies and tv for tamariki

Read me a story! Story Box Library

If the tamariki in your life love stories, try this collection of videos of stories being read by authors, actors, comedians, and more.

Just for Kids

Thousands of videos & interactive games - Sesame St, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Franklin the Turtle, Berenstain Bears, & Arthur.

Te Hāpua Reads: January 2020

A round-up of the books, movies, podcasts and more that Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre staff have enjoyed over the past month.

New Zealand movies and tv

See also:

New Zealand on Screen
Hundreds of clips from New Zealand films and television available to watch for free. Includes some full length movies and episodes of television series.

Canterbury Film Society
Non-profit incorporated society that aims to screen interesting films (foreign films in particular).

New Zealand International Film Festival
New Zealand’s popular Film Festival visits Christchurch in winter.

Featured: Movies & TV

The doctor (of horror) is in

Dr Erin Harrington from Canterbury University talks about monsters, fear and the enduring appeal of horror.

Frocks and Bodices: BBC period dramas

Simone recommends some great BBC period dramas, films and TV series available online via Access Video.

'Funny As': Reflections on NZ comedy from NZ comedians

'Funny As': Reflections on New Zealand comedy from New Zealand comedians - WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View 2019

Books and magazines

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