We are stuck in lockdown. We can’t travel anywhere, but we want to see amazing places in New Zealand. I know that this is not the best option, but most of the houses have a TV in them, streaming services or laptops where they could at least dream about traveling. Here are several shows the make see the nature in New Zealand.
Fiction and Adventures
Xena Warrior Princess (1995 -2001) and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1994 -1999)
One of the most beloved 90’s action shows will bring you back to the moments where Lucy Lawless and Kevin Sorbo dominated the televised Greek mythology. The Warrior Princess and The Strongest man adventures as they are battling gods, monsters and armies. These shows will bring some nice memories and some of the best views New Zealand has to offer. Xena Warrior Princess had 6 seasons with 134 episodes while Hercules had 6 seasons with 111 episodes and 5 television movies. This was one of the first times the thought about using nature in New Zealand as way to attract viewers.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1999 – 2002)
A popular TV show in the early 2000’s about a British research group lead by Prof. George Challenger (real explorer) looking for the lost world. Their air balloon crashes in the middle of the Amazons, where they find prehistoric creatures. This movie isn’t filmed in the Amazons but filmed in New Zealand. The show had 3 seasons with 22 episodes in each.
Legend of The Seeker (2008 – 2010)
Moving forward to 2008, A series based on novels by Terry Goodkind. It’s a fictional world about an area separated from the mainlands by magic. There’s so much more to see in this serious that telling you more about it would just spoil it up. The filming site locations were around Auckland and Queenstown, Combining the views of the north and the south Islands. This show was very popular in New Zealand but only had two seasons.
AFK: The Web Series (2018 – Present)
A group of gamers stuck in the game they were playing. This is a reoccurring theme from Jumanji. You can watch this series online that’s filmed in various sites, that show you the great nature in New Zeland. It’s not well known, but if you want further details on it, you can find them here.
Jack of All Trades (2000)
Bruce Campbell acts as Daring Dragoon, an American spy in the South Pacific island in the 19th century that teams up with another British agent named Emilia Rothschild, acted by Angela Marie Dotchin. This plot happens in the late 18th century when Napoleon tried to conquer just about everything. The show had only two seasons, but the viewers pretty much enjoyed it.
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson (1998)
A family stuck in a lonely Island, after trying to travel the world. They encounter numerous obstacles in the form of man and nature alike. The show had 1 season with 30 episodes and they went for a special way of presenting it; 10 stories each one contains 3 episodes. You could watch it as a movie!
Documentaries of Nature in New Zealand
Country Calendar (1966 – Present)
This is a show about New Zealand’s rural life. You visit various kinds of farms all over the country, and you can see how are they managing their lives, sometimes in the most remote places in New Zealand. The country’s agricultural culture is amazing in New Zealand, as they are taking pride in one of the best dairy and meat industries in the world.
Intrepid Journeys (2003 – Present)
A great way to get to know nature and mainstream New Zealand culture. This is a show that takes New Zealand musicians, actors, actresses, politicians and celebrities to different places in New Zealand and around the world. This show won’t show you any nature in New Zealand, but after you watch it you could easily make a conversation with a kiwi.