Video Journeys

Explore the videos below, which feature different aspects of New Zealand landscapes, culture and wildlife. You can also view them on YouTube. Music is by Torn Chorus (of course). You can stream the complete collection of tunes on Spotify.

Essential New Zealand - Coromandel Coastal Walkway - Stony Bay to Fletcher Bay
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Essential New Zealand

Essential New Zealand - Coromandel Coastal Walkway - Stony Bay to Fletcher Bay

After the first lockdown in 2020, we were keen to get out and about again, so we took the earliest opportunity we could to do the 10km (6 mile) Coromandel Coastal Walkway, from Stony Bay to Fletcher Bay. I recorded a lot of video on the walk but didn’t get around to editing it until now, so here is a short visual summary of our journey, using this footage combined with some material from other sources. The music is an instrumental version of my new single, Tell You Somethin’. If you like videos featuring New Zealand scenery please like and subscribe. The Coastal Walkway is one of New Zealand’s most popular coastal walks, with a range of different scenery and a remote location adding to its appeal. Inaccessible by vehicles, the walkway is the only way to connect east with west, at the tip of the Northern Coromandel Peninsula. The walk can be approached from either end however we started at Stony Bay and worked our way north to Fletcher Bay. The first part of our walk took us uphill and downhill, through regenerating native bush, providing some spectacular views of the coast looking north towards Great Barrier Island. At one point we descended to a beach before climbing back up again to a lookout. Then the bush gave way to lush farmland, complete with cows and sheep. MUSIC CREDIT: Tell You Somethin’, by Torn Chorus (instrumental version) The original music track is available on all major streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple. You can find the links here: https://artists.landr.com/692531820334 You can also view the official music release video here: https://youtu.be/SGuvrRqLWp4 WEBSITES: www.essentialnewzealand.com www.tornchorus.com VIDEO CREDITS: Video by Franklin Davis, shot on Sony FDR-AX53 video camera. VIDEO EDITED AND PRODUCED BY: Franklin Davis OTHER VIDEO FOOTAGE CREDITS: Earl Te Bas Van Den Berg The Coromandel Good For Your Soul Lukas Albiston Murray
Essential New Zealand - This City Floats - Auckland is the City Built on 53 Volcanoes
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Essential New Zealand

Essential New Zealand - This City Floats - Auckland is the City Built on 53 Volcanoes

I created this song and video to celebrate Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau) - a unique city that floats on both molten rock and sea - and to highlight some of the difficulties you may encounter when negotiating life in the big city. If you like watching videos about New Zealand places and landscapes, please like and subscribe, and you can view still photographs on my website: www.essentialnewzealand.com Auckland is located upon a wide volcanic field, which includes 53 volcanoes spread over an area of 1,000 square kilometres, forming the hills, lakes and basins of Greater Auckland. It is a sobering thought that the city floats atop a vast lake of active magma, which may come through at a new place and form a new cone at any time - next week, next year or next century. I live on the lower slopes of one of these volcanoes, Mount Albert, (in Maori: Ōwairaka or Te Ahi-kā-a-Rakataura) and it is always a privilege to climb the mountain and appreciate the natural beauty of our city. When you reach the top, you can see both harbours and many of the volcanic cones. MUSIC CREDIT: This City Floats, by Torn Chorus Track now available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4ShyfF5jU3P7ThlBDX8Hr5?si=efd41df4c4af4073 Mastered by: Howard Rogers, Bring It On Studios WEBSITE: www.essentialnewzealand.com VIDEO CREDITS: Video by Franklin Davis shot on Sony FDR-AX53 4K video camera and DJI Air 2S Drone VIDEO EDITED AND PRODUCED BY: Franklin Davis OTHER VIDEO FOOTAGE CREDITS: BBC Earth Diego Cobena Pavel Danilyuk Mohamed Hassan Mdherren Mikhail Nilov NZTE: ATEED, Truekit Pressmaster Rotislav Uzunov Ruth Sakura Studio VideoProduktion

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