This video is part of the Meet the Locals series that was originally shown on TVNZ.
Watch a video about the humble historic homestead in Arthur’s Pass that has been lovingly restored and is open to receive visitors.
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.
The largest rural fire service in the country is in fact the Department of Conservation. Their fire-fighting skills are sought after both here and overseas - watch this video to find out more.
Denniston on the West Coast is steeped in coal mining history. Here you can glimpse how it was to live here. Watch this video and discover what locals called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.
Kaitorete Spit in Canterbury is a great place for lizards. Find out what’s so alluring about our native geckos and skinks and how we can help them in our own backyards.
The kakī is one of the world’s rarest wading birds. In the 1980s, their numbers plummeted to 23 adult birds. However, the captive management programme at Twizel is making a real difference, as this video reveals.
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.
Fifteen years ago Ōtukaikino/Wilson’s Swamp, in Canterbury, was basically a bunch of damp paddocks. Find out who’s helping this wetland get well on its way to being restored.
Ōtumahua or Quail Island is a short ferry ride from Lyttelton. This video shows its colourful history including some special stories of our most important Antarctic explorers.
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.
This video introduces the Search and Rescue Alpine Rescue Team in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, who dedicate their working days to rescuing people off the dangerous Southern Alps.
Canterbury is home is to one of New Zealand’s most endangered fish species, the mysterious mudfish. Find out in this video what they are up to and what makes them so special.
High in the Southern Alps, the tiny 40-strong community in Arthur’s Pass Village are committed bunch of locals. Watch this video to find out how this community has a mission to protect kiwi.
The Olearia hectorii or native tree daisy is under threat. This is because there are no young trees growing up to replace these striking old timers. Watch this video to find out more.
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.
These unique, weathered rock formations sure have carved out a name for themselves. Punakaiki or Pancake Rocks are West Coasters that are known the world around.
Ōtumahua or Quail Island, sits like a jewel, safely tucked away in Lyttleton Harbour. Watch this video to discover how the community are protecting the wildlife there.
Many people know about the Wakatipu region's goldmining legacy. But what about the scheelite? In fact, what is scheelite? Watch this video to find out.
A hard-case Southland couple have come up with a novel way of incorporating stoat trapping with their jet boating business in Fiordland. Let’s go on a wild ride and see how it’s done in this video.
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.
There aren’t many thirteen year olds who can say they’re helping to save a species, but Sophie Smith from Southland can. Watch this video to see how she’s involved in takahē conservation.
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.
Punakaiki, on the West Coast of the South Island has New Zealand’s only mainland Westland petrel breeding colony. Watch this video to find out what’s special about Westland petrels.
The Little River Rail Trail near Christchurch might not have trains anymore, but you can still get on your bike and enjoy it. Find out in this video how the trail is being restored.
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.
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