Home > Recent Projects > Our Big Blue Backyard

Our Big Blue Backyard

Produced by NHNZ, broadcast on TVOne
Season 1 aired 2014; season 2 aired 2016

Narrated by Michael Hurst

Michael narrated this nature series exploring unique marine locations around NZ's coastline.  The
series reveals the daily dramas, challenges and triumphs of the marine animals who live in these neighbourhoods
- from iconic orca, dolphins and sharks to blue cod, snapper and crayfish, and all in between.




The series is available on dvd from retailers or from NHNZ's TradeMe store.

It is also available to watch online on TVNZ Ondemand:

SEASON 1, November/December 2014
Ep. 1: Northland
Ep. 2: Goat Island
Ep. 3: Poor Knights Islands

Ep. 4: Kaikoura
Ep. 5: Open Bay Islands
Ep. 6: Stewart Island

SEASON 2, October/December 2016
Ep. 1: Kermadec Islands
Ep. 2: White Island
Ep. 3: Chatham Islands

Ep. 4: Fiordland
Ep. 5: Auckland Islands
Ep. 6: Banks Peninsula





NZ Herald (5 November 2014): "Normally nature show narrators are poor imitators of David Attenborough who disappoint us by not being David Attenborough, but New Zealand's Michael Hurst has just the right soothing tone to tell us about the naughty bits of fishes, as he has been doing in the excellent TVNZ series, Our Big Blue Backyard."

NZ Herald (1 December 2014):  "Nature is the lonely area in TV-making where New Zealand has, for a long time, punched well above its weight and ... Our Big Blue Backyard is an eye-whackingly gorgeous example of that ... Try not to miss it."