Do you get a buzz when you hear New Zealand mentioned on the screen? Here are 10 movies that reference New Zealand.

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I don't know about you, but my very patriotic husband loves it when New Zealand gets a reference on the box or big screen. It seems he is not alone.

In no particular order, here are 10 movies that reference New Zealand.


Point Break (1991)

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During the climactic final scene bank-robbing surfer Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) pleads with Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) to let him go on one last ride.

"Just let me go out there, let me get one wave before you take me. One wave. Where am I gonna go, man? Cliffs on both side. I'm not gonna paddle to New Zealand!"

Wedding Crashers (2005)

In a scene John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) tries to impress Claire Cleary (Rachel McAdams) with his nautical knowledge, but doesn't know where starboard is. He says, "That's right. What am I thinking? I'm used to sailing down under with the kiwis so everything's backwards and the toilets when you flush them, the water spins the opposite way. Really freaks you out the first time you see it."

Zoolander (2001)

This is the scene where Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is explaining how he thinks he shared a "moment" with Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor).

"There was a moment last night, when she was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesmen, where I thought, Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this woman."

Patch Adams (1998)

While at a meat packers convention, Robin Williams is cracking jokes including: "You know, in New Zealand they found a whole new use for sheep." "What's that?" "Wool!"

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Around 20 minutes into the movie, Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman) says, "I'm reading transcripts of phone conversations between French and German generals arguing over office space at NATO headquarters and analyzing wiretaps out of Mercury Bay, New Zealand. You know, historically, a hotbed of anti American activity."


Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Early in the movie, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) talks about a weekend he and his fiancée Julia Meade (Michelle Monaghan) enjoyed at Lake Wanaka. The South Island lake is referenced again later in the movie when he asks Julia to name the lake where they spent time together to verify she is still alive.

Deathproof (2007)

Kiwi stuntwoman Zoe Bell was part of a great reference to New Zealand in Quentin Tarantino's action-slasher Deathproof. This is the scene:

Lee: [to Zoë] I'm sorry, but what is "home"? Is that Australia, right?
Zoë: [seemingly offended] What do you mean by that, mate?
Abernathy: Zoë's from New Zealand. And you never, I repeat, NEVER, call a Kiwi an Aussie.
Kim: Not unless you wanna get your ass kicked.
Lee: I'm so sorry, I really am.
Zoë: [Abby, Zoë and Kim laugh] We're just taking the piss out of you, mate!

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Heat (1995)

Towards the end of the movie Heat, career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) tries to convince Eady (Amy Brenneman) to go away with him to New Zealand and start over.

Goldeneye (1995)

New Zealand was mentioned in Goldeneye as housing secret spying transmitters:
Natalya: "I know it's there. It's a duplicate of Severnaya, like your secret transmitters in New Zealand."
Wade: "I've never been to New Zealand. (to Bond) How's she know 'bout that?!"

The Man Who Sued God (2001)

Kiwi John Clarke wrote The Man Who Sued God, and there's even a reference to New Zealand. Advocate Steve Myers (Billy Connolly) claims "he's just a tourist from New Zealand."

* Do you get a buzz when you hear New Zealand mentioned on the screen? Add your examples in the comments below.