With Television New Zealand (TVNZ) (Sorted by Number of Votes Ascending)



1. Wheel of Fortune (1993– )

Game-Show

5.4
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A New Zealand version of the popular US show of the same name. In this game show, contestants are shown a word or phrase with the letters covered. They must spin a wheel marked with prizes ... See full summary »

Stars: Tava Smiley, Phillip Leishman, Michael McNamara, Lana Coc-Kroft

Votes: 5

2. Mitre 10 Dream Home (1999– )

Reality-TV

4.4
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Star: Jayne Kiely

Votes: 5

3. Flying Kiwi (1979–1980)

25 min | Adventure, Family

6.8
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Stars: Siegfried Rauch, Estelle Woods, Peter Nicoll, George Henare

Votes: 5

4. Let's Get Inventin' (2006–2013)

30 min | Family

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Young Inventors aged 8 - 16 years submit invention ideas to be made on the show by experts and compete to win a $10,000 Patent Prize. Let's Get Inventin' was nominated in the 42nd International Emmy® Awards 2013.

Stars: Luke Nola, Geoffrey Bell, Chris Chitty, Ross Mitchell

Votes: 5

5. The Volcano That Stopped Britain (2010 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Brian Leckey | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Andrew Adonis, Don Blankenship, Páll Einarsson

Votes: 5

6. 10 Things You Didn't Know About... (2006– )
Episode: Tsunamis (2008)

Documentary

6.8
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Star: Iain Stewart

Votes: 5

7. The Missing (2009– )

42 min | Drama

7.6
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Stars: Claire Van Beek, Preston O'Brien, Larry Eade

Votes: 5

8. All the Rivers Run (1983–1990)
Episode: Part One (1990)

Drama, Romance

5.8
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Philadelphia Gordon's life is turned upside down when she is shipwrecked and orphaned off the coast of Victoria in 1892. She spends most of her life around Echuca, and invests some of her inheritance in a paddle-wheeled riverboat.

Director: John Power | Stars: John Waters, Nikki Coghill, Parker Stevenson, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 5

9. All the Rivers Run (1983–1990)
Episode: Part Two (1990)

Drama, Romance

5.8
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Philadelphia Gordon's life is turned upside down when she is shipwrecked and orphaned off the coast of Victoria in 1892. She spends most of her life around Echuca, on the Murray River, and invests some of her inheritance in a riverboat.

Director: John Power | Stars: John Waters, Nikki Coghill, Parker Stevenson, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 5

10. First Crossings (2013–2015)

Reality-TV

8.0
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Go on a Kiwi adventure with Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald as they tackle some of our toughest terrain. Made with the support of NZ on Air

Star: Kevin Biggar

Votes: 5

11. Marlin Bay (1992– )

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Stars: Amanda Armitage, Ilona Rodgers, Andy Anderson, Jim McLarty

Votes: 6

12. Spin Doctors (2001– )

30 min

6.8
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Stars: Emily Barclay, Campbell Cooley, Mick Innes, Jim McLarty

Votes: 6

13. The Gravy (2007– )

30 min | Documentary

8.2
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Star: Tanya Marriott

Votes: 6

14. Blakey (2011 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

8.3
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The life and times of sailor and adventurer Sir Peter Blake, one of New Zealand's favourite sons.

Director: Mark Albiston | Stars: Ross Blackman, James Blake, Peter Blake, Pippa Blake

Votes: 6

15. Pirates of the Airwaves (2014 TV Movie)

Drama

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Radio Hauraki, New Zealand's pirate radio station, operated in international waters from 1966-70, enduring storms, shipwrecks, financial woes, bureaucratic harassment and personal tragedy. This is the real story of NZ's 'boat that rocked'.

Director: Charlie Haskell | Stars: Cohen Holloway, Ryan O'Kane, Michael Whalley, Andrew Robertt

Votes: 6

16. End of Term (2015– )

Sci-Fi

8.2
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A disparate group of High School teens in Harbour City, New Zealand are caught up in a viral outbreak forcing them to confront their differences and band together to survive.

Stars: Christopher Buckham, Jayden Daniels, Liam Eldridge-Fright, Rebecca Gumbley

Votes: 6

17. Life Challenge Kokoda (2015 TV Movie)

90 min | Adventure

8.3
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Life Challenge Kokoda follows the treacherous 10-day journey of six Australians including Gyton Grantley as they undertake the notorious Kokoda Trail.

Director: Jonny Peters | Stars: Gyton Grantley, Ayeshah Rose, James Wallace, Alex Wileman

Votes: 6

18. In A Flash... (2018 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

5.5
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Director: Riccardo Pellizzeri | Stars: Madeleine Adams, Jack Barry, Phil Brooks, Fraser Brown

Votes: 6

19. Send a Gorilla (1988)

Comedy

5.3
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The busiest day in the year for three young women and their singing telegram service. St Valentine's Day at the Send A Gorilla Singing Telegram Company has started badly, very badly. The ... See full summary »

Director: Melanie Read | Stars: Carmel McGlone, Katherine McRae, Perry Piercy, John Callen

Votes: 7

20. Gold: The Merchants of Venus (1991 TV Movie)

92 min | Adventure

8.4
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A Canadian gold-seeker and his chorus-girl sweetheart face disaster in wild 19th-century New Zealand.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Yannick Bisson, Lucy Bayler, Andy Anderson, Francis Bell

Votes: 7

21. Gold: The Dynamiters (1991 TV Movie)

92 min | Adventure

8.1
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Political struggles for control of the mining trade engulf a Canadian gold-seeker in 19th-century New Zealand.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Yannick Bisson, Lucy Bayler, Desmond Kelly, Francis Bell

Votes: 7

22. Steel Riders (1987– )

30 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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An eight part children's thriller involving stolen jewels and BMX bike riders.

Stars: Josie Vendramini, Fraser Stephen-Smith, Neha Belton, Joshua Dunn

Votes: 7

23. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: The Gift of Oblivion (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.3
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Time is running out as Rangitoto is ablaze and crimson. Ricky is left as a decoy as the twins and Mr. Jones struggle towards their final goal, not realizing just how ruthless the aliens are.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 7

24. Studio 2 (II) (2004– )

30 min | Comedy, Family

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Stars: Geoffrey Bell, Matthew Gibb, Vicki Lin, Jordan Vandermade

Votes: 7

25. The Investigator (2009–2012)

60 min | Crime

7.3
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The Investigator is a New Zealand unsolved murder series presented by award winning documentary maker and author Bryan Bruce. Bryan Bruce examines a new case each episode.

Stars: Bryan Bruce, Macgregor Cameron, Jessica Aaltonen, Dean Knowsley

Votes: 7

26. On the Mat (1975–1984)

25 min | Sport

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A professional wrestling television program for the National Wrestling Alliance-affiliated All Star Pro-Wrestling (ASPW), or simply NWA New Zealand.

Stars: Steve Rickard, Barry Holland, Larry Heiniemi, Mark Lewin

Votes: 7

27. Opening Night (1977 TV Movie)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Martyn Tarne a young actress from New Zealand bears an amazing resemblance to the leading man Adam Poole. Rumours amongst the cast are widespread and speculation and murder fuel the ... See full summary »

Director: Brian McDuffie | Stars: George Baker, Bud Bloor, Les Cleveland, Anna Collingwood

Votes: 8

28. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Any Shape, Any Form (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Rachel & Theo learn from Mr. Jones about the strategy they must employ if their planet is to be saved. They discover the truth of Mr. Jones' warning "Any Shape, Any Form".

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

29. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Assault (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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The Wilberforce's seem foiled as Mr. Jones and the twins strike out for Rangitoto Island armed with their magic weapons.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

30. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Red Force, Blue Force (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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Rachel and Theo are embroiled in a life and death struggle between Mr. Jones and the enemy.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

31. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: The Alien World Below (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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Rachel's sleep is disturbed by a telepathic cry for help. Mr. Jones' voice seems to drift through the fog from the weird Wilberforce house and the twins steal through the night to his rescue.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

32. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Weapons of the Mind (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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Rachel and Theo learn about the aliens' secret labyrinth and are in great danger.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

33. Behaviours of the Backpacker (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

5.9
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To make BEHAVIORS OF THE BACKPACKER, Sandor Lau, a Chinese/Hungarian-American film student and Fulbright scholar, walked 300 miles alone from Auckland to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's geographic and spiritual tip.

Director: Sándor Lau | Star: Sándor Lau

Votes: 8

34. Holmes (1989–2004)

30 min | Talk-Show

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Weeknight prime-time current affairs interview show hosted by Paul Holmes. Susan Wood filled in for him when he was sick or on holiday. Show finished when Holmes left for a rival network.

Stars: Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Bill Hastings, Michael Hurst, Paul Holmes

Votes: 9

35. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Maar (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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Twins Rachel & Theo Mathieson are saved from death by a kindly and mystical stranger. Eight years later when they visit Auckland they find they have been chosen for a momentous task against the forces of evil.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 9

36. The Understudy (2005 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary

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Young New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill is understudy for Placido Domingo at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Director: Paul Swadel

Votes: 9

37. Karaoke High (2006– )

22 min | Drama, Family, Music

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Stars: Julia Walshaw, Sharnika Robson, Vanepale Sopoaga, Ben Baker

Votes: 9

38. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Volcano of the Bleeding Skies (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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A sightseeing trip to Auckland's dominant volcanoes brings further evidence that the twins have a dangerous mission. Is Mr. Jones' guardianship enough to protect them from the sinister Mr. ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 9

39. Ever Wondered? (2010– )

Documentary

7.3
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Each week Professor John Watt takes you to the forefront of New Zealand science, asking big questions,exploring the major breakthroughs and going over some of the world-changing discoveries... See full summary »

Star: John Watt

Votes: 9

40. Darryl: An Outward Bound Story (2017)

Comedy

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A web-series about a hopeless long distance runner with crippling self-doubt who tries to get his mojo back by taking part in an outdoor experience course.

Stars: Fasitua Amosa, John Argall, Millen Baird, Owen Black

Votes: 9

41. One Network News (1990– )

60 min | News

6.9
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New Zealand's daily news programme from Television New Zealand.

Stars: Bill Hastings, Michael Hurst, Geoff Bryan, Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Votes: 10

42. Dancing with the Stars (III) (2005–2018)

Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV

4.6
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New Zealand celebrities team up with professional dancers for a ballroom dancing competition decided by a combination of viewers' votes and judges' votes.

Stars: Candy Lane, Brendan Cole, Jason Gunn, Alison Leonard

Votes: 10

43. Gold: A Fistful of Gold (1991 TV Movie)

91 min | Adventure

7.4
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Two Canadian brothers seek gold and find treachery in wide-open 19th-century New Zealand.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Yannick Bisson, Lucy Bayler, Andy Anderson, Jeremy Ratchford

Votes: 11

44. Signatures of the Soul (1984)

60 min | Documentary

7.3
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Peter Fonda hosts this program that takes a revealing look at the 200-year old practice of tattooing. From the South Seas to San Francisco to Japan, see tattooing as a tradition in ancient culture and a fad in the pop culture.

Director: Geoff Steven | Star: Peter Fonda

Votes: 11

45. Miss Popularity (2005– )

60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

5.5
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10 New Zealand women are flown to a luxury hotel in Australia for a beauty contest - or so they believe. Instead they find themselves dumped in the middle of the Australian outback, where ... See full summary »

Stars: Angela Aiken, An-Ya, Diana Byrne, Chonell

Votes: 11

46. Abandoned Engineering (2016– )
Episode: Power and Pylons (2017)

Documentary

7.2
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Hear about some disused structures that were once at the forefront of power supply, including Kelenfold Power Station in Budapest and Wardenclyffe Tower in New York.

Stars: Andrew Gough, Tom Ward

Votes: 11

47. Intrepid Journeys (2003– )

60 min | Adventure, Documentary

7.2
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New Zealand Celebrities take individual journeys to exotic, sometimes difficult and out of the way locations and share their experiences in an honest and often amusing way. Season 1 sees ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Elliott, Peta Mathias, Robyn Malcolm, Pio Terei

Votes: 12

48. How to Look at a Painting (2011– )

22 min | Documentary

7.6
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'How to look at a painting' provides viewers with a fresh and exciting perspective on how to truly appreciate and better understand the world of painting. Justin embarks on a highly visual ... See full summary »

Star: Justin Paton

Votes: 12

49. Gliding On (1984–1986)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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The staff of a government stores office and their attempts to avoid actually doing any work.

Stars: Roy Billing, Ken Blackburn, Michael Haigh, Ray Henwood

Votes: 13

50. Abandoned Engineering (2016– )
Episode: Mission: Space (2017)

Documentary

7.2
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We aim for the stars and find out why unwanted battleship guns allow the United States to gain vital information about the borders of space. We ask how the shattered remains of a secret ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Gough, Tom Ward

Votes: 13


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