The Television Show
The Outdoors with Geoff show has featured on TV3 for the last 14 years. It is a half-hour, fast moving show which looks at the best outdoor adventures to be found in the South Pacific. Geoff Thomas takes viewers to remote locations throughout New Zealand, and also to some of the fishing hotspots in the Pacific region. His blend of humour and fishing philosophy adds to the appeal of the programmes which show not only world class fishing, hunting and action adventures but also the wonderful scenery and colourful characters to be found in the outdoors.
Each series comprises 26 episodes, split into two blocks of 13 weeks, which are repeated the following Saturday morning. The first run screens at 5pm Saturdays, TV3, repeated at 7am the following Saturday. For the other 26 weeks a year we repeat older shows on Saturday mornings only – so we are on screen every Saturday or 52 weeks a year.
Watch the lastest episodes of Outdoors With Geoff on demand here!
Episode 2 - January 9
Geoff visits Southland and joins a bunch of local youngsters as they fish for brown trout in the Mataura River in a special fishing contest, and he learns how they use worms for bait in the deep south.
Episode 3 - January 16
After watching Richie McCaw’s boys lift the World Cup, Geoff visits family in Estonia, a small country on the Baltic which is now independent after breaking away from the Soviet Union. The Russian influence is strong in the architecture, and in a country which is 90 per cent forest there are a of of game animals – from wolves to moose. And he goes on his first moose hunt, learning the local traditions which include cooking some of the organs.
Episode 4 - January 23
The adventure in Estonia continues with a duck hunt, and a visit to a restaurant which dates back to 1272 and where the medieval influence is still strong – from the drinks to the menu, and the costumes.
Episode 5 - January 30
Geoff discovers a new, high tech method of fishing – using a drone to carry a long-line out off the beach. The powerful machine was created by an Auckland engineer just for fishing, and is the world’s first aerokontiki.
Episode 6 - February 6
One lucky winner takes on the ultimate hunting and fishing challenge. He has to try and catch two saltwater fish, two trout and shoot two game animals within 48 hours.
Episode 7 - February 13
The ultimate outdoor challenge continues as the team races from Auckland to Taupo. After fishing out in the Hauraki Gulf, one sportsman has to try and catch two trout on the lake.
Episode 8 - February 20
The ultimate outdoor challenge continues as the team races from Taupo into the remote bush south of National Park for a hunt to see if the challenger has a good eye. Will he catch two fish at sea, two trout on the lake and shoot two game animals?
Episode 9 - February 27
Geoff meets a group from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and they head out onto the harbour to check out the fishing, with surprising results. Then he visits the squadron headquarters at Westhaven, which has a connection to Auckland’s sailing history going back 150 years including all the America’s Cup challenges.
Episode 10 - March 5
Retired boxer Shane Cameron picks up a shotgun for the first time and proves that the is a natural with a gun as he takes on Geoff in a clay target shooting contest at Ric Black’s shooting range near Tauranga. “I wouldn’t take him on in the ring,” said Geoff,” and I thought I had a good chance with the gun but he is fast learner.” The shooting finishes with a flurry where 600 clay targets go flying in a few minutes and the shooters fire over a thousand rounds.
Episode 11 - March 12
Another first for Shane Cameron as he catches his first kingfish. Geoff takes a team out of Whitianga in search of kings, including a couple of Auckland firemen who won the day out fishing in a charity auction, and ends the day with three ‘personal bests’ on kings.
Episdoe 12 - March 19
Geoff gathers hunters and fishermen from all around the country to relive some of the adventures from nearly 20 years in the outdoors.
Episdoe 13 - March 26 - LAST EPISODE!!
The Last Shot
In his last show Geoff heads out on the water and talks to guests from All Blacks to Outdoorsmen as he wraps up his last series.