In an episode sure to appeal to the outdoorsy type, No Barriers with Joel Barish goes on an adventure in New Zealand beginning with a Helipro helicopter tour of Rotorua. After landing, Joel visits Te Puia, a Maori heritage center learning about the history of the people of New Zealand, then visits the famous geysers that supply fresh, clean water. Like the locals do, Joel stays outdoors by taking a ride in a water-filled bubble down a hill, known as the Zorb with an unique vantage point. Using the Agro Ventures speedboat and Shweeb hanging bike, Joel experiences exciting adventures not to be found anywhere else in the world, including the Polynesian Spas hot mineral bathing. Visiting a kiwi farm, Joel learns to eat the fruit with the skin on, like the locals do. Visiting a deaf-owned dairy farm, Joel interviews the owner Craig, tries to milk a cow, and drives a tractor. Returning to Auckland, he visits the Auckland Tower, eats in its restaurants, and goes back down by way of bungee jumping from the tower using SkyJump. Another deaf-owned business selling Maori jewelry is found when Joel interviews Brent and William, with Sonia as interpreter. A famous Deaf artist, Shaun, is interviewed about the national and local maps he has drawn for the country, as well as the New Zealand Sign Language dictionary. Finally, Joel visits the Schischka engineering company where steel and different tools are made, and interviews two different Johns about the company.
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An around-the-world trip took Joel to seven countries and many different successful Deaf individuals! In just two weeks, No Barriers with Joel Barish traveled via air to spend about two days in each city and truly showcases how empowered deaf people are all around the world. The trip was a positive outlook on the potential of deaf people to succeed in any aspect. No Barriers with Joel Barish would not have been able to complete the trip if it were not for tourism offices in each country. The offices provided Joel with local Deaf tour guides and accommodations to promote their countries, and No Barriers with Joel Barish is always open to new ideas and locations and partnerships with local tourism offices.