Throughout the special, Keoghan meets with some of New Zealand’s iconic and global celebrities in the new program, produced by No Opportunity Wasted.
Keoghan (pictured, right) meets with famous faces such as Academy Award-winning director and World War I aircraft enthusiast Peter Jackson and the world’s fastest female rally driver, Emma Gilmour. He also touches base with inventors, entrepreneurs, comedians and his father, a plant scientist. Keoghan even shares a glass of red wine with Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill.
“It’s the people that give places their own personality, and that was the foundation for creating this special,” Keoghan said, in a statement. “Beyond the stunning landscape, I wanted to share the stories of the passionate people of New Zealand – the unique characters who epitomize what the country is really made of.”
Flying High with Phil Keoghan premieres Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.