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Amazing New Zealand!

Short Film (Full Length) – 1964

In this award-winning tourism promo, an easy-going narrator guides us through a land of contrasts — “where else would you find golf and geysers?”. The sights range from frozen to boiling lakes, characterful cities to odd natives (kiwi, takahē, carnivorous snails). Visual highlights include quirky road-signs (“beware of wind”, “slow workmen ahead”), toheroa digging and a flotilla of capsizing optimists. Directed by NFU veteran Ron Bowie, the film won an award at the 1963 Venice Film Festival, before headlining a special Amazing New Zealand season of shorts in NZ cinemas.

It’s a gay city of trees of bright sunshine ...
– From the narration, on Auckland

Key Cast & Crew

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Ron Bowie

Director

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Cyril Morton

Producer

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Geoffrey Scott

Producer

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Val Federoff

Sound

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Peter Gwynne

Narrator

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Grant Foster

Camera