Land of the Kiwi

New Zealand is home to a variety of remarkable plants and animals; among them species like the Tuatara and Weta, the Kauri and the Kiwi.

Produced by NHNZ

This documentary charts the geological history of these islands and looks at how our changing the landscape has shaped may of the natural features, animals and plants we take for granted today.

So far from anywhere, New Zealand sits alone near the Antarctic in the world’s greatest ocean. Legend has it that a god fished these islands from the sea when the world was young. New Zealand, so remote, so strange – the legend could just be true.

The wildlife is so different. Strange insects, frogs who carry their young, birds that cannot fly, the kiwi, the national symbol of New Zealand because it is so unique. 

We explore this world, the flightless birds, its only mammal – a tiny bat, as we explain the extraordinary link between an isolated land and unusual plant and animal life.

Episodes From This Series

Wanted Alive

26 minutes / 1992

Colony Z

24 minutes / 1986

The Black Stilt – A Bird Surrounded by Change

48 minutes / 1984

Black Robin – The Chatham Island Story

48 minutes / 1990

Lost World of the Poor Knights

48 minutes / 1992

Castles of the Underworld

46 minutes / 1992

Wild Horse, Wild Country

51 minutes / 1995

City Under the Sea

47 minutes / 1992

Bandits of the Beech Forest

52 minutes / 1996

Battle for Breaksea

26 minutes / 1989

Snares Gift from the Sea

24 minutes / 1984

Up With the Birds

24 minutes / 1982

Same Time Same Place

24 monutes / 1982

Swan Lake

24 minutes / 1985

Kakapo – Night Parrot

24 minutes / 1982

Sealion Summer

24 minutes / 1982

Possum a New Zealand Nightmare

26 minutes / 1990

Sanctuary

23 minutes / 1990

Pukeko

26 minutes / 1989

Invaders in Paradise

51 minutes / 1999

The Mangroves

24 minutes / 1984

Islands of strange noises

30 minutes / 1980

Island Eaten by Rats

24 minutes / 1984

Tale of the Crayfish

48 minutes / 1987

Land of the Kiwi

48 minutes / 1987

Gull City

23 minutes / 1990

Bandits of the Beach Forest

1 hour / 1996