Coast New Zealand S1 – Ep 1 Sneak Peek – Fiordland

On this episode, Riria Hotere treads carefully in a once busy inlet of death to find out all about the secret history of a product that would keep the home fires burning back in mother England and the men who harvested it. Geologist Hamish Campbell visits Coal Island, a small far-flung island with big history and home to some of New Zealand’s oldest rock formations. Marine biologist Jacky Geurts goes on a hunt for a clue about why the submarine gardens here in Fiordland are unlike any other on the planet. Neil is shocked that size does matter as he goes in search of the answer to how a hundred million dollar a year industry was all but lost at sea in the 1990s. And at the southernmost tip of Fiordland, we find one of this country’s more dramatic lighthouse stories. For the lighthouse keepers and their families, this was the worst posting of them all.

Hosted by internationally renowned Scottish archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver, the History Channel’s most successful series of all time crosses the Tasman to say kia ora to the land of the long white cloud.

Oliver leads a team of local presenters as they gather stories about New Zealand’s spectacular coastline: the history, the people, the archaeology, the geography and the marine life, investigating interesting and little known facts along the way.

Shot with the trademark Coast award-winning cinematography, this series transports viewers to a picturesque paradise, Coast New Zealand captures the magnificence and diversity of these remote Pacific islands’ coastlines. Traveling from Milford Sound to the Bay of Islands, and from the West Coast to the East Coast, Coast New Zealand profiles compelling characters and unearths fascinating facts. Meet New Zealand’s kamikaze surfers, discover one of the world’s oldest surviving wooden vessels, and find out how New Zealand could have ended up as part of the South of France.

Four New Zealanders are Oliver’s co-hosts, all experts in their field; Matt Carter is one of the leading diving maritime archaeologists in Australasia, renowned geologist and palaeontologist Dr Hamish Campbell, marine biologist Jacky Guerts, and New Zealand’s arts and culture specialist Riria Hotere.

Coast New Zealand is based on the hugely successful British series Coast, which has been broadcast in the UK and internationally for the last decade.