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25 years ago presenter Peter Hayden made a television documentary that followed his journey along Latitude 45degrees South - crossing from the East to the West Coast of Southern New Zealand. Peter explored the impact man had on the landscape; and dug deep into history to understand how the land affected their lives.

Peter Hayden introduces this timeless series, and reflects on the changes to the land and the people, since he filmed this ambitious journey across New Zealand.

Peter Hayden's journey begins on the East Coast of the South Island, North of Oamaru, and ends at Dansey's Pass. Of all the landscapes along latitude 45deg the plains and downlands of North Otago are the most drastically altered by humans.

Central Otago is mild compared to Russia's Gobi Desert, on 45deg North, yet Central has a climate of extremes. In this curious land of mining relics and weather beaten farmers, wildflowers and gold, lizards and rabbits, all living things must cope with its harsh environment.

Peter follows in the footsteps of the early Maori into the Cromwell Gorge. For the Maori, greenstone was gold; for Europeans real gold was the lure, and now tourism is the new gold. In this episode wine growing, deer farming and overseas tourism are in their infancy.

Towards the setting sun and the end of the journey the land along latitude 45deg South grows more ancient. Neither Maori nor European has changed Fiordland very much -- and ancient species found their last refuge here. It's the end of the line for Peter, on land at least, at latitude 45deg South he can go no further.

Duration Approx 190 minutes
All Regions - Regular 4:3 - Dolby Digital Mono - Colour - PAL
Number of discs: 1
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