20 Best Family Movies On Netflix NZ

Last updated: December 7, 2022 Shares: [share_count]


Whether it’s the school holidays or you’re stuck indoors with the kids, family fun times always need a movie marathon so that kids and adults alike have a good time together. Netflix has a vast library of feel-good family movies, from entertaining animated cartoons to thought-provoking documentaries and superhero families.

The cost of the Netflix standard plan is NZD 18.49. Today our team has scoured the Netflix library to bring you the best family movies on Netflix NZ so that you and your little tykes can cozy up on the couch for a good watch.

Best Family Movies on Netflix NZ to watch in 2022

Let’s take a look at the best family movies on Netflix NZ to watch in 2022:

1. Skater Girl 2021

Director: Manjari Makijany

Writer: Vinati Makijany, Michael Pellico, Manjari Makijany

Cast: Amy Maghera, Waheeda Rehman, Jonathan Readwin

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Skater girl is about a young teen in rural India who discovers she has the passion and talent to maneuver a skateboard. For Prerna (Rachel Saanchita Gupta), this is nothing short of achievement; later on, it serves as her ticket to freedom and redemption from a small-regressive town in Rajasthan. You can also check out our guide on the best movies on Netflix in New Zealand.

2.The Adam Project 2022

Director: Shawn Levy

Writer: T.S Nowlin, Jonathan Tropper, Jennifer Flackett

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Walker Scobell, Ryan Reynolds

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

The Adam Project is set in the year 2050, where a fighter pilot has futuristic spaceships in hot pursuit of him. So, as a last resort, he opens up a wormhole that sends him back to 2022. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the lead. Also, watch Dune in NZ.

3. Finding Ohana 2021

Director: Jude Weng

Writer: Christina Strain

Cast: Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Kea Peahu

IMDb Rating: 6.1/10

A must-watch family drama, Finding Ohana, is about a group of kids who stumble upon an old treasure-hunting journal. They soon embark on an expedition into the unknown, and soon they get to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.

4. We Can Be Heroes 2020

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Robert Rodriguez, Sara Endsley, Dan Foos

Cast: YaYa Gosselin, Pedro Pascal. Priyanka Chopra Jonas

IMDb Rating: 4.7/10

This film revolves around aliens kidnapping the Earth’s superheroes, with their children stepping up to save their parents and the rest of the world. The film is a follow-up to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.

You can also watch the best movies on paramount plus NZ.

5. The Royal Treatment 2022

Director: Rick Jacobson

Writer: Holly Hester

Cast: Julie Edwards, Mena Massoud, Laura Marano

IMDb Rating: 5.2/10

Set in New York, the film follows a hairdresser Izzy, who ecstatically signs up to work at the wedding of an enigmatic prince. Soon, the situation turns dire as they start to fall for one another and must make difficult choices. Laura Marano stars as the Manhattan hairdresser Izzy while Mena Massoud plays Price. You can also watch some of the best movies on iON television if you’re a rom-com fan.

6. Spelling The Dream 2018

Director: Sam Rega

Writer: Sam Rega, Chris Weller

Cast: Valerie Browning, Jacques Bailly, Srinivas Ayyagari

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

The plot focuses on the lives of four Indian- American students as they prepare for the competition of a lifetime, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The documentary is directed by Sam Rega and written by Chris Weller and Sam Rega. It is a must-watch Netflix top family movie.

7. Feel the Beat 2020

Director: Elissa Down

Writer: Shawn Ku, Michael Armbruster

Cast: Sofia Carson, Sonia Laplante, Pamela MacDonald

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Feel the Beat takes us from the limelight of Broadway to a small town, where a young girl called April has to train a group of misfit dancers. April is still reeling from her failure to make it big on Broadway, and now she has to redeem herself in her hometown. Elissa Down directs the comedy-drama film. Also, check out our list of Netflix Top 10 Movies in NZ.

8. The Christmas Chronicles 2 2020
Director: Chris Columbus

Writer: Chris Columbus, David Guggenheim, Matt Liberman

Cast: Darby Camp, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn

IMDb Rating: 6.0/10

A sequel to the popular 2018 movie by the same name, the film features Russell as the lovable Santa with a side of a twist: his real-life love interest, Goldie Hawn, joins the cast as Mrs. Claus. With his lady luck by his side, Santa is reunited with the Pierce kids as they team up to face the enemy who is hell-bent on ruining Christmas for the entire world.

9. Rescued By Ruby 2022

Director: Katt Shea

Writer: Louise DuArt, Karen Janszen, Squire D.Rushnell

Cast: Scott Wolf, Kaylan Zander, Grant Gustin

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

The film revolves around the biography of a state trooper, Dan, who dreams of joining the k-9 search unit. Though his attempt is unsuccessful, he becomes friends with a shelter dog called Ruby in the meanwhile. The moving film is based on a true story, and Katt Shea directs it.

10. The Sleepover 2020

Director: Trish Die

Writer: Sarah Rothschild

Cast: Cree Cicchino, Sadie Stanley, Maxwell Simkins

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

The Sleepover is an American action comedy that revolves around two siblings who learn that their mother might be more than a regular mom. Siblings Kevin and Clancy get the shock of their life when they discover, during a sleepover with their friends, that their mother used to be a thief and is under witness protection. Of course, all hell breaks loose when her previous mates locate her.

You shouldn’t miss watching The Sleepover as it is one of Netflix NZ best family movies.

11. Back To The Outback 2021

Director: Harry Cripps, Clare Knight

Writer: Gregory Lessans, Harry Cripps

Cast: Eric Bana, Tim Minchin, Miranda Tapsell

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

The animated cartoon, ‘Back to the Outback,’ is fun and quirky and features Australia’s deadliest creatures in the cutest way possible. This group of deadly creatures decides they’ve had enough of being locked in a reptile house, and they plan their daring escape from the zoo-like prison.

12. Tall Girl 2019

Director: Nzingha Stewart

Writer: Sam Wolfson

Cast: Griffin Gluck, Sabrina Carpenter, Ava Michelle

IMDb Rating: 5.2/10

The movie Tall Girl is about a young girl who falls in love with a foreign exchange student. Little does she know that she’s a part of a love triangle. She’s only 16 years old, and her height is 6 foot 1.

When Stig shows interest in her, she can’t believe her luck. He’s tall, good-looking, loves musicals, and just downright sweet. The movie is a typical high-school drama with mean girls, rowdy boys and our protagonist finding the strength to believe in herself in the midst of it all.

13. Yes Day 2021

Director: Miguel Arteta

Writer: Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Tom Lichtenheld, Justin Malene

Cast: Janna Ortega, Edgar Ramirez, Jennifer Garner

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10

Yes, Day is what all of us dreamed of while growing up. The concept is that for one whole Day, your parents will say Yes to whatever you ask them. Building on the concept, the movie features a mom and dad, Allison and Carlos, who decide to give their children a ‘Yes Day. The heart-warming movie is a beautiful family movie, where you wonder, what could go wrong, right?

14. Home Team 2022

Director: Charles Kinnane, Daniel Kinnane

Writer: Chris Titone, Keith Blum

Cast: Taylor Lautner, Kevin James, Rob Scheider

IMDb Rating: 6.0/10

Home Team is a biographical sports comedy movie starring Taylor Lautner, Kevin James, Jackie Sandler, and more. It is one of the Netflix popular family movies inspired by actual events and revolves around the story of a suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. Two years after suspension, Sean returns to his hometown and reconnects with his 12-year-old son. He decides to coach his son’s team.

15.Tall Girl 2 2022

Director: Emily Ting

Writer: Sam Wolfson

Cast: Griffin Gluck, Ava Michelle, Sabrina Carpenter

IMDb Rating: 4.7/10

Tall Girl 2, a sequel to Tall Girl, is a teen romantic comedy that revolves around the story of an awkward, coming-of-age teenager. Jodi Kreyman now has to deal with newfound fame and all the good and bad that comes with it.

16.Blue Miracle 2021

Director: Julio Quintana

Writer: Chris Dowling, Julio Quintana

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jimmy Gonzales, Miguel Angel Garcia

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Netflix classic family movie, Blue Miracle, is about an orphanage run by a street mechanic called Omar. When his orphanage runs into some financial trouble, Omar attempts to win a fishing competition to redeem and keep his safe haven for orphans afloat. The catch is that Omar doesn’t know anything about fishing, and that’s where two -times champion Wade (Dennis Quaid) steps in. The movie is based on a true story.

17.The Princess Switch 2018

Director: Mike Rohl

Writer: Megan Metzger, Robin Bernheim

Cast: Nick Sagar, Sam Palladio, Vanessa Hudgens

IMDb Rating: 6.0/10

The film follows an ordinary woman from Chicago who switches places with a look-alike duchess. The catch is that as soon as they gel into each other’s lives, they fall in love with each other’s love interests. The film’s concept is derived from Mark Twain’s 1881 novel ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. The movie is directed by Mike Rohl and stars Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar and Sam Palladio.

18. You vs. Wild-Out Cold 2021

Director: Ben Simms

Cast: Gear Grylls

IMDb Rating: 5.4/10

Another interactive movie after the hit Bandersnatch in 2017, You Vs Wild: Out Cold, is a splendid component of the hit franchise You Vs Wild.

An interactive movie is where the viewer can decide what happens next in the movie. The plot in You Vs Wild: Out Cold is simple; viewers have to help Grylls look for his friend after they both were in a plane crash. Unfortunately, the bear has amnesia, so the viewer has to take the call. The movie is roughly 25- 45 minutes long.

19. The Main Event 2020

Director: Jay Karas

Writer: Zach Lewis, Larry Postel

Cast: Adam Pally, Seth Carr, Tichina Arnold

IMDb Rating: 4.8/10

The plot revolves around an 11-year-old child aspiring to be a wrestler who decides to participate in the next WWE superstar competition. He discovers a magical mask that gives him superpowers to fight in a wrestling ring against opponents much older and more substantial than him.

20.June & Kopi 2021

Director: Noviandra Santosa

Writers: Noviandra Santosa, Titien Wattimena

Cast: Ryan Delon, Acha Septriasa, Makayla Rose Hill

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

An Indonesian comedy movie, the plot revolves around the heartwarming story of a street dog who gets adopted by an empathetic couple. Their pet pitbull welcomes their new furry friend and helps her adjust to their home. The movie is directed by Noviandra Santosa and starring Malayala Rose Hilli, Ryan Delon and Acha Septriasa.

Also Read: Best Documentaries on Netflix NZ


In our modern age, families gather around to watch movies together, and Netflix has been the best enabler for these families to get-togethers. Netflix Halloween family movies, comedy titles, and entertainment series are always exciting to watch.

Netflix offers a free trial only in Kenya. To get it in New Zealand, you can use a reliable VPN like ExpressVPN. We recommend using ExpressVPN as it works best with Netflix. Connect to the Kenya server on it, and you are all set to watch Netflix family movies on a free trial.

Check our guide here, if you want to cancel your Netflix subscription for any reason. If you love watching horror movies, we have suggestions on the 70 best horror movies to watch in New Zealand.

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