Avatar: New Zealand-filmed The Way of Water sequel trailer teases aquatic action and new animals

A trailer for James Cameron's long-awaited, New Zealand-filmed Avatar sequel The Way of Water has been unveiled ahead of its premiere in December.

The video teases Na'vi characters journeying through the jungles and beaches of the moon they call home. The trailer boasts dynamic footage of the Na'vi jumping in the treetops and soaring over the ocean, while also teasing new animals.

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive and the tragedies they endure.

"I know one thing," Jake dramatically narrates in the trailer. "Wherever we go, this family is our fortress."

Avatar: The Way of Water is the sequel to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time.

According to Cameron, the new movie would feature "never-seen-before" film techniques. 

"We are very lucky as we chose this (Wellington) as our production site years ago, we made our first film here in NZ and it turns out it's ranked as either the first or second-best country in the world with its COVID response - so we are very fortunate," Cameron said in 2020.

Avatar: The Way of Water will open in New Zealand cinemas on December 15.