How to watch a sunset in New Zealand

  • July 24, 2021

A new documentary from National Geographic magazine shows how to watch sunset in the southern hemisphere. 

The film, The Great Eclipse, will be screened at the New Zealand Science Festival on April 22, and will be shown in the same spot that the iconic Great Barrier Reef and the Great Barrier Island will be at the end of April.

The film was made in conjunction with the New Plymouth Festival, and focuses on the changing ways of life in New Plymouth.

“It’s a great opportunity to talk about this very different landscape,” says film-maker Andrew McEwan.

“People are moving away from the city centres and the big cities and into small towns and isolated places, and the countryside is becoming much more isolated.”

He said that the city has become a kind of playground for people to live and work.

“I’ve seen people with big cars, kids on bikes, people in wheelchairs.

There’s a lot of loneliness, a lot to do and a lot that they have to do.”

The Great Eclipse explores the changing nature of New Zealand and the impact it has on the landscape.

The documentary follows two local guides as they travel to a location in New England and discover the landscape for themselves.

“We were driving along in New Hampshire, driving to an island off the coast,” McEwin explains.

“As we drove, we got to this point, where there were no cars in sight, there was nothing.

And then we started to get a sense of what it was like.

And we just drove into this vast expanse of emptiness, and we just kept going.”

After travelling for about 30 kilometres, the pair come across a cliff and begin to walk towards the edge.

“There’s no cars, no people around, just the cliff, and then suddenly there’s a roar and the light’s coming through,” McErwin explains to National Geographic.

“And there’s this enormous, beautiful, huge light coming through.”

A little later, they see another giant tree in the distance.

“Then we see another one of these enormous trees, and this is this beautiful, beautiful view,” McEllow says.

“And then there’s another one and we’re just looking at it.”

The documentary also explores the effects of climate change on the coastline.

“When we see the Great Eclipse in New South Wales, we get a little bit of the same feeling, and it’s quite similar to what we see in the film, because it’s just a beautiful day in New York,” McElwain says.

“But when we look out across the Pacific, you know, it’s a different story.”

“It just brings a little more perspective to the whole situation.”

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