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Real Journeys and NHNZ release joint DVD

Media Release 24 November 2006
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Real Journeys and NHNZ release joint DVD

Tourism operator Real Journeys has joined forces with internationally acclaimed film-makers Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ) to produce a virtual tour of southern New Zealand.

The DVD, Real Journeys – Our Places, contains 1.5 hours of footage spanning Fiordland, Queenstown and Stewart Island.

“This DVD brings together some of the best films of this part of the world,” Real Journeys CEO Dave Hawkey says. “It provides a front-row seat to experience all aspects of this magnificent landscape.”

Real Journeys – Our Places ventures deep beneath the tannin-steeped waters of Milford Sound, high over the rugged peaks and valleys of Fiordland and even back into the past to the building of Manapouri Underground Power Station. It also includes stunning footage of native penguins, dolphins and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

“For people who have been on our excursions, this DVD will provide a souvenir of both their experiences with us and also the region as a whole,” Mr Hawkey says. “Southern New Zealand really is one of the most beautiful and dramatic places on the planet.”

NHNZ is known for its expertise in factual film-making, working closely alongside major networks around the world such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Health, TLC, National Geographic Channel, PBS (US), NHK (Japan), France 5 and NDR (Germany). The company has earned over 200 international awards – including Emmy Awards, the industry’s highest accolade, and the prestigious Wildscreen Panda.

Real Journeys has been operating excursions in southern New Zealand for more than 50 years – ever since the founders Les and Olive Hutchins first began taking guided walking tours into Doubtful Sound in 1954.

“It made sense for us to combine our knowledge and experience of this area with Natural History New Zealand’s skills and expertise,” Mr Hawkey says. “I’m very pleased with what we’ve managed to achieve together.”


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