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Making New Zealand - Tourism

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2019

This episode of documentary series Making New Zealand dives into an economic powerhouse tourism. The eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886 not only destroyed the unique Pink and White Terraces; it wiped out a fledgling tourism industry. But soon other wonders like the Waitomo Caves and the Southern Alps were attracting international visitors. World wars dented the industry's growth, but after the war tourism pioneers like the Wigley family, Hylton Hensman and Trevor and Heather Gamble from company Shotover Jet explored the exciting possibilities of adventure tourism. 

Māori became something to look at, rather than someone to run a business. The fees they could charge were controlled, and there's a sense that whatever an indigenous people did in their daily life was 'exotic'; that was something to stare at.
– Author Margaret McClure on the addition of a 'model pā' at Whakarewarewa in the early twentieth century

Key Cast & Crew

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Stephen Barnett

Original Concept

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Stephen Gallagher


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Thomas Robins


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Sjaak Te Brake


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Edward Larsen


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Marcus Palmer

Director, Additional Camera Operator

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