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Coast New Zealand

Once again, acclaimed Scottish historian, archaeologist, author and broadcaster Neil Oliver returns to our screens to explore the panoramic beauty and history of our coastlines.

Coast NZ is back once more – and this third series is packing a powerful punch. Six stunning locations, three new presenters and dozens of extraordinary stories.

This time the team have travelled to New Zealand’s most easterly outpost – the Chatham Islands, and to South Westland and North Otago.  In the North Island, they’ve visited the Bay of Plenty, Kaipara and the world’s southern most capital city – Wellington. Acclaimed Scottish archaeologist, historian, author and broadcaster Neil Oliver returns once more to lead this epic exploration of Aotearoa’s amazing coast.  

This season Neil tries his hand at blo-karting and sets sail in a P class yacht … but he also uncovers the story of a glorious religious community that never quite came off and gets schooled in the darker side of Chatham Islands history.  

This year Neil is joined not only by marine archaeologist Matt Carter, geologist Dr Hamish Campbell and marine biologist Jacky Geurts but also Dr Michael Stevens - historian, scientist Ocean Mercier and adventurer Dave Murray. 

Together they will cover stories as diverse and rich as the coast itself. 

Between them they will encounter the smallest and most endangered kiwi, sample Cook's Scurvy Grass, dive the wreck of the Rena and meet acclaimed international artist Mr G. They’ll examine how reclamation changed the face of our nation’s capital, take to the ocean in a bathtub – and in a Coast first – adventurer Dave Murray will fly his own plane in a tribute to this country’s proud aviation history.

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