Season 2 | Kai Safari

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Season 2

Episode 1- Whangape
Pete heads to the northland region to catch up with his friend Pio on his home turf Whangape, a small West Coast settlement where Pio was raised during his childhood days. Pio can’t wait to show Pete what local food delicacies are on offer within the harbour. From tasty flounder to mud snails, green lipped mussels to the freshest of snapper. Even stalking wild goat for the finale, a hangi feast, brings a lot more action to the screen.
Episode 2- Mamaku
The small village of Mamaku above the shores of Lake Rotorua is Pete & Pio’s next stop, an area familiar to Pete who has hunted wild game along the Mamaku South road for many years. This area is well known for being able to harvest a variety of food from the land. The Roe and Fleet family guide Pete & Pio around their Mamaku farm, taking the boys straight to the food source that’s on the Kai Safari menu.
Episode 3- Wairaka
The people of Ngati Awa invites Pete & Pio to harvest a once a year delicacy known as the Manu Kuia from the Island of Moutohora. Similar to the mutton bird this food is treated hangi and BBQ style served with local vegetable produce grown in the shadows of Mount Putauaki. Sweet pipi from the Ohiwa Harbor and fresh fish caught just outside the Whakatane River mouth season our main feast which is washed down with a variety of craft Mata beer locally made in Kawerau.
Episode 4- Matiu Island
Set within Wellington’s harbor is Pete & Pio’s next venture called Matiu Island. Historically, it was used for a variety of purposes such as an enemy holding place during both World Wars to acting as an animal quarantine station. Now it has become a sanctuary for many native species of plants, birds, animals and insects. Although most food is protected on the Island, Pete & Pio, with the help of local iwi whanau, plan to harvest ingredients mainly from the sea.
Episode 5- Ruahine
Nestled into the side of the North Island’s largest range, the Ruahine’s near Dannevirke is the home of this week’s hosts, the Phelps family. Alisha Phelps and her partner Damon Pratt take the boys on a journey through their distilling shed introducing them to the art of producing boutique ports.
Episode 6- Waiheke Island
Voted as one of the top five islands in the world, Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf is becoming increasingly popular for tourists and townies alike. The boys will be meeting some of the local Maori who have made Waiheke their home. The Island menu on this show is flavoured with gourmet sausages, locally grown produce, freshly baked rewana bread, tasty estuary cockles and finished with Waiheke’s catch of the day.
Episode 7- Waitahanui
The small settlement of Waitahanui along the shores of Lake Taupo is where this week’s Kai Safari is taking place. Karauria Wall, a local hunter gatherer, shares his knowledge of collecting food. Huge gardens of watercress garnish the start of the show whipped up with a fresh run of rainbow trout served omelet style. Kaumatua Hawira Karaitiana takes Pete on a duck shooting mission to add some wild game flavours to the menu, while Pio discovers the magic behind the making of real coffee with Taupo’s Volcanic Coffee lady Jo Steele.
Episode 8- Waihau Bay
Situated along the East Coast is a popular fishing bay known as Waihau. Pete & Pio arrive with their own fishing gear to try their luck at hooking up a hapuka just off the mainland. Local legend Les Stowell first shows them the hotspots to help increase their chances. “Taku Honey”, also managed by the Stowell family, sweetens Pete’s recipes with natural manuka flavors.
Episode 9- Ohakune
Heading inland towards the central plateau of the North Island is where you will find Pete & Pio. The small country town of Ohakune is about to celebrate the humble carrot with a local carnival. The boys help to take part in events to earn their keep. From carrot cakes to vegetable lasagna it’s a vegetarian day of surprises.
Episode 10- Owahanga
On this show of Pete & Pio Kai Safari we’re hitting the road again visiting one of the largest Maori owned farms in the country, about two hours southwest of Dannevirke is the Owahanga Station. Home to 19,000 sheep, 600 beehives, native bush full of pigs and deer and 300 olive trees, and it backs onto the eastern coastline rich of seafood…it’s a food lovers paradise.
Episode 11- Akaroa
Te Wai Pounamu, South Island is up next as the Kai Safari waka makes its way to Akaroa, an area that was considered New Zealand’s only French settlement. Their influence still remains today both in architecture, place names and of course food! A fine dining experience with the help of the Akaroa Cooking School wraps up our French Connection experience.