View an alphabetical list of all Meet the Locals video clips.
The arid heart of Central Otago can look empty of life, but this video shows that if you look closer, you can find tiny alpine plants and flowers and maybe even the elusive Cromwell chafer beetle.
Buff weka used to roam the Otago and Canterbury high country but no longer, thanks to introduced predators. Watch this video to learn how the islands of Lake Wānaka provide them with a refuge.
Diamond Lake and The Rocky Summit tracks, in the Wanaka region, were the brainchild of one man, Stuart Landsborough. Thanks to Stuart they are much easier for us all to enjoy. Watch this video to learn more.
Meet New Zealand's largest native gecko! Watch this video to find out the differences between geckos and skinks in Central Otago.
Nic visits Golden Point Battery in Otago, one of New Zealand's oldest gold mining operations. Check out how DOC rangers fire up the old engine every year!
Watch a video on how to eat in style when you're out in the wild. Tramping doesn’t have to mean eating porridge and two minute noodles.
Watch a video about Grand and Otago skinks – two of New Zealand's largest and most endangered lizards.
Grand and Otago skinks are only found in Otago. Learn how DOC's scientists are using a mammal-proofed fence to save these precious reptiles.
A sheep farm on the Otago Peninsula has made a business out of watching penguins. Watch the video to learn more.
Watch a video about the beautiful jewelled gecko of Otago.
Check out how DOC is working with local Iwi in Otago. Discover the legends and history of Huriawa Peninsula.
This video explains why kererū get in trouble and how a very dedicated vet-nurse in a suburb of Dunedin looks after them.
Restoring a historic hotel from the gold-mining era in Central Otago isn’t an easy job, luckily the Lindis Pass Hotel has lots of people lining up to lend a hand.
Watch this video about the lowland longjaw and how DOC protects this tiny fish which is as endangered as the kakapo.
All around Central Otago, new landscapes are opening up for us to enjoy. This video shows some of the many exciting new ways for us to enjoy them.
When the railway lines were pulled up from Central Otago the tiny local towns had a tough time. Now, as this video shows, the Otago Central Otago Rail Trail attracts thousands of visitors a year.
The Central Otago high country is home to one of New Zealand’s giant lizards – the Otago skink. However these lizards are threatened with extinction. This video explains how the community is trying to protect them.
Watch a video about New Zealand sea lion, which was hunted to almost extinction and is now the world’s most endangered sea lion.
St Bathans hall in Central Otago is the oldest mud-brick hall in the country. It’s also in danger of falling into disrepair. This video shows how it is being restored.
Visit shags, shearwaters, penguins and spoonbills in this Meet the Locals video.
Watch a video about Taiaroa Head, where you'll find the one of world's largest seabirds, the Northern royal albatross.
When winter arrives, it’s not just humans who flock to the ski fields. At Treble Cone, near Wanaka, some cheeky local kea turn the ski field and car park into their playground.
Wanaka has become a popular spot for rock climbers. Watch this video to find out why.
Being a wildlife photographer is a creative way that you can enjoy New Zealand’s picturesque landscapes, and fascinating wildlife. Watch this video for some tips on wildlife photography.
Come and join Nic and members of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust on Codfish island as they undertake their annual penguin chick count.
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