The Wild Podcast

The Wild Podcast
The Wild Podcast is a show about the outdoors. In each episode, we talk with world class adventurers, athletes, scientists, and creatives to unpack the untold stories of high performers, modern explorers, and our wild places.

#41 Levi Harrison - Living As A Modern Day Hunter-Gatherer
Sep 15 • 56 min
Levi Harrison is a modern day hunter gatherer who lives in a tipi in a forest in New Zealand.
#40 Gavin Lang - Mastering the Mountains of the Mind
Sep 2 • 73 min
Gavin Lang is a New Zealand mountain guide and photographer who combines self-development with nature and adventure.
#39 Dylan Van Winkel - Unearthing the World of Reptiles in New Zealand
Aug 18 • 44 min
Dylan van Winkel is a renowned Kiwi wildlife ecologist and herpetologist, which means he studies reptiles and amphibians like lizards and frogs. He literally wrote the book on reptiles and amphibians in New Zealand. In this episode, Andy talks with…
#38 Crystal Brindle - Bridging the Gap Between People and Nature
Aug 4 • 41 min
Crystal Brindle is a nature photographer, a community ranger at the Department of Conservation in New Zealand, and a keen adventurer.She grew up in the United States where she worked for the National Park Service (following in her parents’ footsteps)…
#37 Kate Uwins - A Skinny Dipper’s Guide to New Zealand
Jul 21 • 51 min
Kate Uwins aka Naked Kate is a skinny dipping enthusiast and a body positivity advocate who’s working on New Zealand’s first guidebook for skinny dipping, called Newd Zealand.To most people, skinny dipping is simply swimming in the nude. But in this…
#36 Billy Stairmand - Surfing the Wild Waves of Life
Jul 7 • 53 min
Billy Stairmind is a 7x New Zealand surfing champion and competes on the World Qualifying Series.
#35 Geoff Reid - A Guardian of the Natural World
Jun 24 • 33 min
Geoff Reid is a passionate environmentalist, talented photographer and reluctant social media influencer
#34 The Wild Twins (Amber & Serena Shine) - Making Every Moment Count
Jun 9 • 56 min
The Wild Twins are Kiwi outdoorswomen who recently took part in the survival TV show Naked and Afraid.
#33 Chloe Phillips-Harris - Embracing Fear in Extreme Environments
May 26 • 66 min
Chloe Phillips-Harris is a horseback explorer who leads expeditions in some of the world’s harshest environments.
#32 Philip Temple - The Last True Explorer
May 12 • 52 min
Philip Temple is a living legend and one of New Zealand’s great explorers. He made the first ascent of the Carstensz Pyramide in West New Guinea (now known as Papua) back in 1962, which has come to be regarded as the technically most difficult of the…
#31 Guy Cotter - Life & Death on Mount Everest
Apr 28 • 69 min
Guy Cotter is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished mountaineers, having summited Mount Everest five times and led many other expeditions on the world’s highest mountain. He has completed a long list of first ascents on some of the world’s most…
#30 Sam Smoothy - Risk & Reward Skiing the World’s Gnarliest Mountains
Apr 14 • 59 min
Sam Smoothy is a New Zealand professional freeride skier and filmmaker who pushes the limits of what’s possible on some of the world’s most threatening mountains. Sam competed on the Freeride World Tour for close to a decade before deciding to focus on…
#29 Josh James - Becoming The Kiwi Bushman
Mar 29 • 30 min
Josh James the Kiwi Bushman has forged a career hunting, trapping and fishing all over the world. From humble beginnings as a raft guide and possum trapper Josh has built an audience that eagerly follows his exploits on social media and patreon. We talk…
#28 Marco de Kretser - Creating Music From the Sounds of Antarctica
Mar 17 • 60 min
Marco de Kretser is a 19-year-old music producer, photographer, environmental science student and adventurer. In March 2019, he went on an expedition to Antarctica as an Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorer. Marco’s idea was to record the natural…
#27 Elina Osborne - Proving What’s Possible on the Pacific Crest Trail
Mar 3 • 50 min
Elina Osborne is a New Zealand filmmaker who hiked 4270 kilometres from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail over 4.5 incredible months. The PCT was her first thru-hike. She did it to prove to herself what she was capable of and push beyond her…
#26 Dan Clearwater - Exploring Between the Cracks: Canyoning in New Zealand
Jan 21 • 39 min
Dan Clearwater is one of New Zealand’s true canyoning pioneers.
#25 Lisa Tamati - Ultra-Running & The Art of Overcoming Adversity
Jan 7 • 38 min
Lisa Tamati is arguably New Zealand’s most well-known ultra runner, clocking up over 70,000km, racing everywhere from the Himalayas to the Outback of Australia.
#24 Mat Goodman - Capturing the Intimate Lives of Wild Animals
Dec 24, 2019 • 61 min
Mat Goodman is a New Zealand filmmaker who produces wildlife documentaries all over the world.
#23 Isobel Ewing - Escaping the 9-5 & Surviving The Silk Road
Dec 10, 2019 • 53 min
Isobel Ewing cycled a 2500km stretch of The Silk Road, an ancient route made famous by Marco Polo.
#22 Will Trubridge - Diving Into the Depths of Body & Mind
Nov 26, 2019 • 40 min
Will Trubridge is a 7x world champion freediver who has set 18 world records.
#21 Ben Paris - New Zealand’s Very Own Batman
Nov 13, 2019 • 23 min
Ben Paris aka New Zealand Batman is a real life conservation superhero.
#20 Shaun Barnett - Choosing the Best 100 Day Walks in New Zealand
Oct 30, 2019 • 28 min
Shaun talks about his latest book that documents the best 100 day walks in New Zealand.
#19 Lydia Bradey - The First Woman to Summit Everest Without Oxygen
Oct 15, 2019 • 85 min
Lydia Bradey is the first woman in the world to summit Mount Everest without oxygen.
#18 Richard Johnson - Chasing Adventure in the Most Unforgiving Places
Sep 27, 2019 • 41 min
Richard Johnson is a UK-based adventurer who completed the first crossing of New Guinea on foot at its widest point.
#17 Ben Brown - The Life of New Zealand’s First Red Bull Athlete
Sep 17, 2019 • 49 min
Ben Brown is considered a New Zealand whitewater legend. He’s completed at least nine first descents of rivers or rapids in nine different countries. He became the first Kiwi to be given a Red Bull helmet, which is akin to being knighted in the world of…
#16 Andy McDonald & Jonny Carson - Behind the Scenes of The Wild Podcast
Sep 3, 2019 • 38 min
Andy and Jonny talk about starting The Wild Podcast and our own outdoors adventures.
#15 Kieran Mckay - Death in the Outdoors & Learning from Tragedy
Aug 20, 2019 • 36 min
What happens when tragedy strikes in the outdoors? It’s a possibility we all have to reckon with when we head out on an adventure. But few of us ever experience it. In this special episode, New Zealand caver and explorer Kieran Mckay opens up about one…
#14 Naomi Arnold - Missing Trampers & Journalism in the Outdoors
Aug 7, 2019 • 30 min
Naomi Arnold is a journalist and writer based in Nelson, New Zealand. We talk about prominent missing tramper cases she’s covered, search and rescue and other important issues facing the outdoors in New Zealand.
#13 Brando ‘Wildboy’ Yelavich - Expedition Dust: Crossing the Red Centre on Bike
Jul 23, 2019 • 39 min
We catch up with Brando ‘Wildboy’ Yelavich at the half-way point of Expedition Dust, his bicycle journey across Australia.
#12 Warren Bates - What Doesn’t Kill You: The Story of GODZone
Jul 9, 2019 • 49 min
Warren Bates went from investment banker to world champion adventurer racer to co-founding GODZone the world’s largest expedition adventure race.
#11 Dr Mike Joy - Solving New Zealand’s Freshwater Crisis
Jun 25, 2019 • 44 min
Dr Mike Joy is a freshwater ecologist who’s blowing the whistle on NZ’s freshwater crisis.
#10 Robert Bruce - Finding Yourself & Creating Community in the Outdoors
Jun 12, 2019 • 45 min
Robert Bruce is the founder of Got To Get Out, a social enterprise adventure group that aims to get more people into the outdoors.
#9 Miriam Lancewood - Living in the Wilderness for Nine Years
May 28, 2019 • 40 min
Miriam Lancewood is a true wild woman who has lived as a nomad in the New Zealand wilderness for close to a decade.
#8 Craig Potton - Can Wildlife Photography Save the World?
May 13, 2019 • 51 min
Craig Potton is New Zealand’s best known landscape photographer, an ardent conservationist, and a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
#7 Brando Yelavich - Becoming ‘Wildboy’ & The Pursuit of Happiness
Apr 30, 2019 • 64 min
Brando ‘Wildboy’ Yelavich is an explorer and the first person to circumnavigate the coastline of New Zealand on foot.
#6 Kieran Mckay - Exploring New Zealand’s Uncharted Underworld
Apr 15, 2019 • 47 min
Kieran Mckay is a caver and arguably one of New Zealand’s greatest living explorers.
#5 Dulkara Martig - Finding Mental Wellbeing in the Wildest Places
Apr 3, 2019 • 47 min
Our guest today is Dulkara Martig, adventurer, athlete, and pack rafter.
#4 Ben Logan - Survival, Resilience & Becoming the Best Version of Yourself
Mar 20, 2019 • 51 min
Ben Logan is a survivalist, bushcraft expert and outdoors specialist, based in New Zealand.
#3 Kyle “Barekiwi” Mulinder - Keeping it Real in the Wild World of Social Media
Mar 4, 2019 • 43 min
Kyle Mulinder aka Barekiwi is a New Zealand-based photographer, social media influencer (although he’d cringe to hear us say that), and sea kayak guide in Abel Tasman National Park.
#2 Neil Silverwood - Documenting Our Changing World
Feb 18, 2019 • 42 min
Neil Silverwood is a New Zealand caver, adventurer and award-winning photographer whose assignments have taken him to the ends of the earth.
#1 Hollie Woodhouse - Breaking Through the Comfort Zone
Feb 3, 2019 • 41 min
Hollie Woodhouse is an adventurer who has completed a 560 kilometre traverse of the Greenland icecap, ultra-marathons in the Amazon Jungle and Sahara Desert, and three Coast to Coast races.