From the beautiful South island to the North island the camera was rolling.
• Creative Director : Christian Reverchon
This documentary was shoot with Sony Cameras.
Production tools used:
• Adobe After Effects – Commotion Pro
• Final Cut Pro Studio 2
• Music by SmartSound Royalty Free Music.
The Kaikoura Peninsula extends into the sea south of the town, and the resulting upwelling currents bring an abundance of marine life from the depths of the nearby Hikurangi Trench. The town owes its origin to this effect, since it developed as a centre for the whaling industry.
The name ‘Kaikoura’ translates to ‘meal of crayfish’ (‘kai’- food/meal, ‘koura’ – crayfish) and the crayfish industry still plays a role in the economy of the region.
However Kaikoura has now become a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching (the Sperm Whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world) and swimming with or near dolphins.
There is also a large and readily observed colony of Southern Fur Seals at the eastern edge of the town. At low tide, better viewing of the seals can be had as the ocean gives way to a rocky base which is easily navigable by foot for quite some distance.
Among the most majestic birds of coastal waters, the gannet can glide, soar and dive with the help of this near two metre wing span. Gannets may live as long as 33 years, although their average lifespan is 20 – 24 years.
You may see gannets with bands on their legs. these bands help scientists establish age and movements.
A chick will live at this colony for about 15 weeks.
In that time its appearance will change dramatically: from its black and naked state of birth to a white fluffy month old chick an then by 3 months, it will have become a grey and speckled juvenile.
The chicks depart for their first flight to Australia at 15 – 16 weeks of age: 70 to 80 percent die over the next 2 – 3 years before their return to Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand.
New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: jagged mountains, rolling pasture land, steep fiords, pristine trout-filled lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches, and active volcanic zones. These islands are one of Earth’s most peculiar bioregions, inhabited by flightless birds seen nowhere else such as a nocturnal, burrowing parrot called the kakapo and kiwi. Kiwi are not only one of the national symbols – the others being the silver fern leaf and koru – but also the name New Zealanders usually call themselves.
These islands are sparsely populated, particularly away from the North Island, but easily accessible. There are sparklingly modern visitor facilities, and transport networks are well developed with Airports throughout the country and well maintained highways. New Zealand often adds an adventure twist to nature: it’s the original home of jet-boating through shallow gorges, and bungy jumping off anything high enough to give a thrill.
Māori culture continues to play an important part in everyday life and government and corporate symbolism with abundant opportunities for visitors to understand and experience both the history and present day forms of Māori life.