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COASTERS with Al Brown

7 x half-hour television series for TV One 2011

There is something very special about the strip of land separating terra firma from the open ocean. Dynamic, dramatic, wild and beautiful, New Zealandís long and varied coastline has a huge influence on our lifestyle and culture.

COASTERS follows keen fisher, seafood chef and presenter, Al Brown, as he travels the coastline of New Zealand exploring the connection Kiwis have with their coast.

There's plenty of fishing, fossicking, cooking and chatting to locals - people whose lives revolve around the tides, currents, wind and weather - who are strongly connected to their coast and share their love of it.

From the mountainous coasts of Fiordland to the sandy bays of Northland, the incredible diversity ensures a wonderful variety to the episodes that collectively paint a picture of a very integral, influential and essential part of contemporary New Zealand.

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Episode Breakdown

Episode 1. Island Bay to Pencarrow Head
Episode 1 Island Bay to Pencarrow Head

Al travels the capital coast, making his way from Island Bay on Wellingtonís south coast, into the city harbour, then out to windswept Pencarrow Head.


Episode 2.  Westport to Charleston
Episode 2 Westport to Charleston

This week Al crosses the formidable Westport Bar on an inshore trawler, before making his way to an old gold stamper in Charleston.


Episode 3.
Episode 3 Cape Brett to Russell

Alís in the Bay of Islands where he travels Cape Brettís tribal walkways, drops in on a classic campground, then hauls sail to Russell for the Tall Ships Race and a feast for hungry sailors.


Episode 4.
Episode 4 Doubtful Sound

Al heads to Doubtful Sound where he catches a couple of crays, searches for bottlenose dolphins and visits Fiordland crested penguins on his journey from the Tasman Sea to Deep Cove.


Episode 5.
Episode 5 Hot Water Beach to Ferry Landing

This week Al is in the Coromandel where he digs for hot water, kayaks to Cathedral Cove, fossicks for a few cockles and discovers why Cook visited beautiful Mercury Bay.


Episode 6.
Episode 6 Birdlings Flat to Le Bons Bay

Al travels the southern coast of Banks Peninsula, finding ancient food at Birdlings Flat, a colourful coaster in Akaroa, walks stunning farm tracks and takes a boat to Le Bons Bay.


Episode 7.
Episode 7 Tongaporutu to New Plymouth

This week Al travels the energy coast from Tongaporutu to New Plymouth. He gathers mussels at White Cliffs, flounders at Mimi River, checks out the waves at Fitzroy and visits the wind wand in downtown New Plymouth.


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