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Coast New Zealand: Top of the South
Top of the South
Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS  |  March 8, 2019

They say to know the top of the South Island is to know New Zealand. The region's warm, sandy seaboard is more typical of the North Island while the maze of hills and mountains, which are split by the Alpine Fault, belong unmistakably to the South Island. You could say it's where the North meets the South. On tonight's fascinating journey, Neil uncovers an invasion that ruffled more than a few feathers in the Abel Tasman National Park. He also discovers the incredible story of one woman's vision to return the park back to how it sounded before the arrival of mankind. Marine archaeologist Matt Carter goes in search of a disaster from the Cold War era in the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound. We meet a hippy invader and learn more about a tumultuous chapter in local history that divided a community in the 1970s. We go in search of reasons why whales strand themselves on the treacherous, sandy sickle of Farewell Spit, and discover why people feel such an affinity with these mysterious leviathans. And Neil treads the timbers of an ancient ship to discover its many stories from European history to New Zealand's colonial past.

They say to know the top of the South Island is to know New Zealand. The region's warm, sandy seaboard is more typical of the North Island while the maze of hills and mountains, which are split by the Alpine Fault, belong unmistakably to the South Island. You could say it's where the North meets the South. On tonight's fascinating journey, Neil uncovers an invasion that ruffled more than a few feathers in the Abel Tasman National Park. He also discovers the incredible story of one woman's vision to return the park back to how it sounded before the arrival of mankind. Marine archaeologist Matt Carter goes in search of a disaster from the Cold War era in the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound. We meet a hippy invader and learn more about a tumultuous chapter in local history that divided a community in the 1970s. We go in search of reasons why whales strand themselves on the treacherous, sandy sickle of Farewell Spit, and discover why people feel such an affinity with these mysterious leviathans. And Neil treads the timbers of an ancient ship to discover its many stories from European history to New Zealand's colonial past.

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