E hoa mā, tēnā koutou.

Koinei tonu te waka o Māoriland kua oti noa tōna whakatere i runga i ngā kare o ngā wai. Hei tērā mārama e ū anō ai ki Ōtaki, mō te ahurei kiriata te take: hei kai mā te whatu; me te rongo ō tātou ki te manawa tapu o iwi taketake e panapana tonu mai ana.  Tēnā, piki mai, kake mai, kia haere tahi tāua.

Māoriland grows from strength to strength: Because of the power of indigenous cinema. And the need of people to see the work. The current state of politics and shifting attitudes towards facts and truth obscures the stories that need to be told. Our festival has some astounding films to show you.  We offer food for the mind and heart as well as many opportunities to meet and network with those who make films happen.


Māoriland Film Festival invites industry members to purchase a 2017 MFF Manuwhiri Pass
Māoriland Film Festival invites industry members to purchase a 2017 MFF Manuwhiri Pass
Māoriland Film Festival invites industry members to purchase a 2017 MFF Manuwhiri Pass
The 2018 Māoriland Film Festival will be the festival’s biggest year yet with the introduction of NATIVE Minds and a series of industry-only events. Sign up for a Māoriland Manuwhiri Pass for the following benefits. 

This pass includes:

  • One (1) ticket per screening and event, subject to availability including Māoriland Film Festival Closing Night Party. Please note that due to limited numbers you must RSVP to attend this party by Friday 16th March 6pm at latest to ensure your ticket.
  • Invitations to invite only industry events
  • Access to the MFF2017 Industry Guide. This guide includes contact details for filmmakers and delegates attending the film festival.

Delegate sign-up closes on March 18, 2017. This is to ensure that we can process your Delegate Pass in advance of the Festival.

The Manuwhiri Pass is for film and indigenous arts industry delegates. 


The inaugural Māoriland Film Festival takes place from Wednesday 21 March – Sunday 25 March, 2018 at multiple venues in Ōtaki, New Zealand.

How to claim your tickets?

There are two ways to claim your tickets:

Pre-Select Your Tickets you can pre-select the films you want to attend and have them ready for you to pick up from the Guest Services Desk at the Festival. You will receive an email to pre-select your tickets following the purchase of your Manuwhiri Pass.

Māoriland Hub – you can visit the Māoriland Hub at 68 Main St, Ōtaki from February 19 2018. 

Looking for Accommodation?

Ōtaki sits on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. Visitors to the town most often choose to stay at one of the many beach houses available to rent for short stays.

Other accommodation:

Byron’s Motel & Campground

The Tele

Cottage Park Motor Lodge

Ōtaki Motel

Getting to Ōtaki

Ōtaki is located on the Kapiti Coast, 80 kms from Wellington Airport. Public transport on the Kapiti Coast is limited so it can be handy to have your own vehicle. For international travelers, Information regarding driving in New Zealand on an international license can be found below.

Alternatively, the train from Wellington to Ōtaki is a beautiful scenic trip that over one hour will take you through small towns, bush and along the wild West Coast. Sit on the left hand side of the train heading north for views out to Kapiti Island.

The Capital Connection runs to Ōtaki once daily, leaving Wellington at 5:15pm, Monday to Friday. It features a licensed café offering a range of snacks and beverages, table seating options, and toilet & power facilities. It returns to Wellington at 7:13 am Monday to Friday from Ōtaki.

The Kapiti Line runs every half hour to and from Wellington, concluding in Waikanae. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $6.50 for children.

From Waikanae, the 290 bus will take you to through to Ōtaki for $5.50 for an adult or $3 for a child. The bus leaves Waikanae for Ōtaki’s Main St five times daily. Check the timetable below for more information.

Within Ōtaki, the 290 bus travels from SH1 to the beach five times daily.  If you intend on catching the bus frequently, you can pick up a Snapper Card at Wellington Railway Station. Snapper cards can be preloaded with cash and give you a discount upon every use. Snapper cards are only valid within the Greater Wellington Region.


With festival directors and filmmakers attending from around the world, the  fifth annual Māoriland Film Festival will be the biggest yet. There are 58 events to be held over five days, the programme includes 15 feature-length and 86 short films from 11 countries and 65 Indigenous nations.   

Programme updates will be made available on our website and through our newsletter. To stay updated you can sign up to our newsletter here: Sign Up to Māoriland Film Festival Newsletter

  • Your pass gives you access to one (1) tickets per screening or event. You must have a physical ticket to enter screenings.
  • Your pass includes one (1) ticket to the Māoriland Film Festival Closing Night Party. Please not that due to limited numbers you must RSVP to attend this party by Friday 16th March 6pm at latest to ensure your ticket.
  • Your pass does NOT guarantee you a ticket.
  • Tickets are subject to availability.
  • You must claim your tickets at The Māoriland Hub, 68 Main St Ōtaki
  • You may select all your tickets for the Festival starting on February 13th. 
  • Delegate Passes are not transferrable.
  • If you choose not to use a ticket, please return it to the Ticket Office so someone else can use it.
  • Lost passes cannot be reprinted during the Festival.