The Nature Collection

The Nature Collection

Packed with creatures and landscapes that quite simply boggle the mind, the Nature Collection showcases New Zealand's impressive menagerie of nature and wildlife films. Many of the titles were made by powerhouse company NHNZ, which began around 1977 as the Natural History Unit, a small, southern outpost of state television. In this backgrounder, Peter Hayden — who had a hand in more than a few of these classic films — guides viewers through just what the Nature Collection has to offer.

Seven Black Robins

Television, 1981 (Full Length)

Birdland - First Episode

Television, 2009 (Full Length Episode)

Kea - Mountain Parrot

Television, 1993 (Full Length)


Journeys in National Parks

Television, 1987

Primeval New Zealand

Television, 2012 (Full Length)

The Lost Whales

Television, 1997 (Full Length)



Television, 1981–1991

Single on Ice

Television, 1999 (Full Length)

Ghosts of Gondwana

Television, 2001 (Full Length)

Red Deer

Television, 1977 (Full Length)


Moa's Ark

Television, 1990

The Crystal Ocean

Television, 1999 (Full Length)

Wicked Weather - The Wind

Television, 2005 (Full Length Episode)

Kākāpō - Night Parrot

Television, 1982 (Full Length)

Holmes - David Attenborough

Television, 1991 (Excerpts)

Song of Protest

Television, 1986 (Full Length Episode)

Mount Cook - Footsteps to the Sky

Television, 1994 (Full Length)

Project Takahē

Television, 1981 (Full Length Episode)

Ice Worlds - Life at the Edge

Television, 2002 (Full Length)

Solid Water Liquid Rock

Television, 1993 (Full Length)

Emperors of Antarctica

Television, 1992 (Full Length)

Castles of the Underworld

Television, 1991 (Full Length)


Television, 1990 (Full Length)


Journeys Across Latitude 45 South

Television, 1985

Island of Strange Noises

Television, 1981 (Full Length)

Park Rangers - First Episode

Television, 2002 (Full Length Episode)

Bandits of the Beech Forest

Television, 1996 (Full Length)

Exhuming Adams

Television, 2005 (Full Length)

Under the Ice

Television, 1989 (Full Length)

The Prince of Nosey-Parkers

Television, 1972 (Full Length)

A Whale Out My Window

Television, 1996 (Full Length)

Meet the Locals: Conservation Week Special

Television, 2009 (Full Length Episode)

Island of Spirits

Television, 1973 (Full Length)

Hidden Places: Ōkārito

Television, 1978 (Full Length)

Wild South - Sanctuary

Television, 1990 (Full Length)

The Black Stilt

Television, 1983 (Full Length)


David Bellamy: Moa's Ark and Old Man's Beard...

Interview, 2009