Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip
Monday 16 December at 8:30pm 4 parts
British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones is packing his bags, pulling on his hiking boots, and heading out into the wilds to explore New Zealand. Journey with him as he drives, flies, cycles, sails and jetboats his way from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island - all the while avoiding the well-trodden path of State Highway 1. On this adventure, Griff explores the paths less travelled and asks the questions never asked, to reveal a side of New Zealand rarely seen.
The adventure takes Griff from the sandy northern tip of the North Island, through the largest city Auckland and in to the volcanic hotspots of the Central Plateau. Down to the shaky capital city of Wellington and across the Cook Strait to the stunning South Island. Down the wild West Coast and across the Southern Alps mountain spine. In to (and high above) the southern lakes and fiords, finishing on the wind-swept beach where the mainland ends.
A challenge is thrown down at the beginning of each episode that helps Griff discover the heart of the Kiwi way, as he holds up a mirror to New Zealanders and asks “what does it mean to be Kiwi today?” With each challenge Griff investigates iconic aspects of life in New Zealand - meeting interesting people, throwing himself into activities, and revealing layers of history and culture in each region.
Following on from his many previous successful on-screen adventures, ranging from “Three Men in a Boat” and “Greatest Cities of the World” through to the more recent “Griff’s Great Britain” and “Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip”, Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip is fun and fascinating, turning everyday events into adventures, and mixing it with the locals to find the best of Aotearoa New Zealand.