Coast New Zealand

Mondays at 7:30pm AEDT from January 8 until February 12

Coast NZ returns, continuing its exploration of the panoramic beauty and history of New Zealand’s coastline.

This time the new six-part series ventures to Stewart Island, and takes in the West Coast of the South Island, plus Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

In the North Island Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Coromandel feature in the one hour episodes.

Acclaimed Scottish archaeologist, historian, author and broadcaster Neil Oliver comes back to Aotearora to lead this epic exploration of the coast.

Along the way he investigates the origins of the New Zealand accent, uncovers a coastal love affair and takes part in a beach game like no other.

He is joined by four New Zealanders, all experts in their field, who share his passion for the coastline as they investigate the people, history, wildlife, geography, geology, archaeology and events that make the seascapes and the communities scattered around the shoreline so compelling.

Matt Carter, one of the leading diving maritime archaeologists in Australasia, uncovers stories of maritime mystery in Napier and bravery on the West Coast.

Eminent geologist and palaeontologist Dr Hamish Campbell reveals how the earth’s forces in such diverse areas as Christchurch and Hawkes Bay produced this dynamic coast.

Marine biologist Jacky Guerts discovers potentially lifesaving marine creatures in Taranaki, and author and historian Riria Hotere (Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngātiwai, Te Rarawa) finds fascinating coastal communities in Coromandel and Banks Peninsula.

They also encounter some of the country’s rarest species like the idiosyncratic Kākāpō parrot, the ancient reptile Tuatara and the venomous Kātipō spider.