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Globe Trekker

New Zealand (#405)

Ian Wright discovers that New Zealand is a land of wonderful landscapes, ancient Maori culture and extreme sports. He arrives in Auckland and gets to know the city in true Kiwi style - "rack jumping"down 13 stories of a skyscraper. Ian travels through the city by scooter, samples possum in a Chinese restaurant and takes in the nightlife. Heading north to the diving spot of Matauri Bay, Ian hitches a ride on an old house truck to the final resting spot of the "Rainbow Warrior," the Greenpeace ship blown up by the French in 1985. The Maori community in Raffaty invites Ian to undergo the pofori ceremony to determine if he's friend or foe. He next arrives in Rotura, where he experiences "zorb," or rolling through the countryside in a giant, transparent sphere. Ian works on an emu farm near Wellington, visits Queenstown for more extreme sports and ends his visit with a hike to the top of Fox Glacier. [57 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: GLOBE TREKKER transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.

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