Beneath New Zealand

Sundays 8.30pm

New Zealand owes its existence to a fiery past. Volcanoes lifted islands out of the sea and generated rivers from their slopes. But the past isn’t dead. From a lava tube hidden under suburban sprawl to lost wonders of the world, alien lifeforms, and a city built above a ticking time bomb, it’s presenting a dire warning that history may soon be repeating itself.

Journeying into some of New Zealand’s most remote and stunning locales, Beneath New Zealand follows researchers and adventurers on the ground at the bleeding edge of science.

Made with the support of the NZ On Air Platinum Fund.

Episode Synopsis


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Episode 1 - A Threatening Present

The 1886 explosion of Mount Tarawera killed more than 120 people, nearly all Maori, and destroyed the iconic Pink and White Terraces; but were the Terraces really lost? In this episode we embark on an expedition to discover if these iconic formations may have survived.

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Episode 2 - A Violent Past

We travel back in time, back to before the Zealandia micro-continent drifted away from Australia and the rest of Gondwana to learn what New Zealand looked like during a time when some of the largest volcanic eruptions on the planet were occurring.

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Episode 3 - A Fiery Future

It’s the future that concentrates the minds of scientists in Auckland. New Zealand’s largest city is constructed on an active volcanic field with approximately 53 volcanoes. The city could be the site of a major volcanism event at any time.

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About The Show

New Zealand owes its existence to a fiery past. Volcanoes lifted islands out of the sea and generated rivers from their slopes. But the past isn’t dead. From a lava tube hidden under suburban sprawl to lost wonders of the world, alien lifeforms, and a city built above a ticking time bomb, it’s presenting a dire warning that history may soon be repeating itself.