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Ata Whenua Shadowland

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Fiordland on Film. Ata Whenua - Shadowland brings you New Zealand's Fiordland World Heritage Status Wilderness you would otherwise never see. Mysterious,evocative,exhilarating and utterly spectacular, filmed across extremes of season, climate and terrain. Ata Whenua - Shadowland will take you on an unforgettable journey through one of the most awe inspiring landscapes on earth. Filmed by Emmy award - winning cinematographers featuring world class time lapse photography and cineflex aerials.

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  • Directors: Dave Comer
  • Producers: Kim Hollows , Peta Carey
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 32 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PYDN38
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fiordland National Park is located on the southwest corner of New Zealand's South Island, and is a world heritage site. It is incredibly rugged and is one of the wettest places in the world, with rainfalls that can be in excess of 8 000 mm per annum. Its geology is an essay in the balance between mountain building and erosion, producing a dramatic landscape with fantastic landforms and microclimates that support unique flora and fauna. The park has few roads and tracks, thus there are few opportunities for visitors to glimpse the full range of wonders of the landscape. The New Zealand indigenous people: the Maori, would often refer to the mountain terrain in the Fiordland region as "Ata Whenua", or "Shadowland" - a land so high and sheer as to rarely permit the sun through every valley.

Kim Hollows has flown over the region for over 27 years, gaining a very unique perspective and seeing many sights that no land-bound traveller could see. He decided to capture the images of this unique landscape and with the help of professionals and his helicopter team produced a 30 minute visual essay of the land and the life forms it supports. His story follows the movement of water as it descends as rain, running down the steep landscape to form streams, then rivers that carve out spectacular landforms as it makes its way to the sea. The viewer also sees the unique flora and fauna that inhabits the area over time (through the seasons) and space (from the highlands to the beaches). This visual spectacular is accompanied by original music often using traditional Maori instruments.

There is no speech during this video, leaving one to just marvel at the sights and sounds, and envy Kim for having one of the best offices on the planet. It is THE souvenir I would recommend for people visiting the area, or even just coming to NZ.
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I had the pleasure of living in Te Anau, home of Fiordland Cinema (home cinema of Ata Whenua) for a number of months. Fiordland is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and Ata Whenua does an amazing job introducing you to this rugged landscape. You get views that you'd never see unless you're a member of the elite group of Fiordland helicopter pilots. The main guy behind the production has been a heli pilot in Fiordland for many, many years, and he definitely knows where to go for great views! After getting back from New Zealand that time we showed this to as many people as would put up with us, because we wanted everyone to see what a fantastic place that part of the world is.

Highly, highly recommended.
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Upon recommendation by some wonderful Kiwis from Taupo, I made sure to take in this film when I drove through Te Anau. It was one of the best recommendations of my trip. Shot from a helicopter, this film beautifully depicts the stunning scenery of the south island Fiordland. It is set to lovely music, with no words to detract from the views.

Trip info: the film plays daily/hourly at the Fiordland Cinema in Te Anau, New Zealand. If you are enjoying the many great reasons to make Te Anau a stop on your journey, don't miss the opportunity to see this at the cinema.
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A breathtaking journey into one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. Ata Whenua takes you on an exhilarating journey that few of us will ever get to see - if you want to take a look into the real heart of unspoilt New Zealand this film will just blow you away.
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