Neil Oliver returns to the History channel next month with Coast New Zealand.
In the six part series he travels from Milford Sound to the Bay of Islands.
“Exploring New Zealand was a pleasure from start to finish. I was completely overwhelmed by the scale and the variety of it all – from the wild grandeur of Fiordland in the South, to the tropical paradise of the beaches of the North,” said Neil.
“New Zealand is a place of sensory overload and the chance to see so much, and to hear the stories of the people first-hand, was nothing less than a privilege.”
Uncovering stories spanning over 16,000 kilometres of New Zealand’s coastline, in a country that was forged in the furnace of earthly forces, mega earthquakes, marauding glaciers and furious volcanoes, Coast New Zealand offers a fascinating insight in to the country’s past and present, telling the story of the formation and evolution of New Zealand, its people and its culture.
Throughout the 6 x 60 minute series, host Neil Oliver leads a local team of co-presenters on the journey, all leading experts in their field: Dr Hamish Campbell, renowned geologist and palaeontologist; Matt Carter, one of the leading diving maritime archaeologists in Australasia; marine biologist and actress Jacky Geurts; and Riria Hotere, an actress and passionate former staff member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa.
As the team digs, dives and delves in to the country’s origins, they find surprising and entertaining stories that date back thousands of years, right through to the present day.
Travelling all the way from Milford Sound to the Bay of Islands, from the West Coast to the East, Coast New Zealand unearths intriguing history and meets compelling local characters, during a fun and informative tour of New Zealand’s remarkable coastline.
Coast New Zealand follows on from the History channel’s hugely successful franchise Coast Australia, commissioned by Foxtel and currently in production for season three.
Coast New Zealand is produced by Great Southern Film and Television, with the format licensed from BBC Worldwide ANZ. It is based on the BAFTA Award-winning BBC series Coast, which has been broadcast in the UK and internationally for the past ten years.
Monday, May 9 at 8.30pm on History.