National Geographic Oceania
New Zealand
Broadcast areaOceania
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Timeshift serviceNational Geographic +2
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific)
(Disney International Operations)
Sister channelsNat Geo Wild, ESPN, ESPN2 and Baby TV
Launched1 September 1997[1]
Closed1 April 2023; 14 months ago (2023-04-01)[2][3]
Replaced byDisney+
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 610
Sky Go (NZ)

National Geographic Oceania was a subscription television documentary network in Oceania that featured programmes on subjects such as nature, science, culture and history, plus some reality television and pseudo-scientific entertainment programming. It was the Oceanian version of the National Geographic Channel Asia Pacific. From 2020 to 2023, it was the only Disney-owned network in Oceania (alongside Nat Geo Wild, ESPN and Baby TV) and to broadcast as a linear television channel, with the Disney Channel and Disney Junior having been shut down in favour of the streaming service Disney+.[4]


Many of the network's documentaries are produced by the U.S. counterpart, It features some programming similar to that on the Discovery Channel and History, such as nature and science documentaries. The channel is available through Foxtel, Optus (through Foxtel), and Fetch TV in Australia, and on Sky and Vodafone TV (through Sky) in New Zealand. Its advertising sales are handled by Multi Channel Network.[5]

It had two sister channels: Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo People.


National Geographic Channel HD was launched as a high-definition simulcast of the channel on 22 June 2008.[6] On 14 November 2016, the word "Channel" was dropped from its name and branding, at the same time as other network channels around the world.[7]

On 14 February 2017, National Geographic was made available in HD for Fetch TV customers.[8]

National Geographic, alongside Nat Geo Wild, were both removed from Foxtel on 1 March 2023 and permanently ceased broadcasting on 1 April 2023 in Australia and New Zealand, after leaving Fetch TV and Sky.[2][3]


Original Programming

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Acquired programming

Main article: List of programs broadcast by National Geographic Channel


  1. ^ Seasons 3–5; 7; 9-present excluding "Getting out Alive" from season 13.


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