Wanaka show­cased to the tourism world

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Wanaka is set to be ex­posed to mil­lions of in­ter­na­tional view­ers af­ter fea­tur­ing in an ad­ven­ture tourism game show. The Travel Chan­nel show, RV Ram­page, fol­lows five cou­ples from Rus­sia, South Africa, Thai­land and United King­dom, as they visit 10 New Zealand lo­ca­tions and face cul­tural, phys­i­cal and men­tal chal­lenges. The show, hosted by the World’s Great­est Mo­tor­cy­cle Rides pre­sen­ter Henry Cole and To­tal Wipe­out pre­sen­ter Amanda Byram, would be broad­casted across a global


net­work of over 130 ter­ri­to­ries in­clud­ing UK, Europe, Mid­dle East, Africa and Asia-Pa­cific by mid-next year. It has a po­ten­tial au­di­ence of 200 mil­lion. Last week film­ing took place in Wanaka. Mr Cole said he was glad to be back in town but wished he was here on a mo­tor­cy­cle and not in an RV. How­ever, the pro­gramme show­cased what was ‘‘a com­mon thing thing for peo­ple to do’’ when they were vis­it­ing New Zealand, tak­ing it in it while trav­el­ling in an RV. With a bit of added ad­ven­ture to the mix. ‘‘It’s meant to be tough. There are times its tough on all of us. It’s not a con­stant hol­i­day,’’ Mr Cole said. ‘‘The Travel Chan­nel has com­mit­ted to New Zealand with this show. ‘‘We can hope­fully say we have some­thing spe­cial here,’’ he said. Ms Byram said that she was look­ing for­ward to the show air­ing and she was con­fi­dent it would be well re­ceived and at­tract more visi­tors to New Zealand. The New Zealand back­drop to the show was ‘‘mind blow­ing’’, she said. Film­ing started in Auck­land and fol­lowed the cou­ples as they made their way down the coun­try stop­ping in Ro­torua, Taupo, Mar­ton and Tai­hape, Wellington, Abel Tas­man, Grey­mouth, Franz Josef Glacier, Wanaka and Queen­stown. Tourism New Zealand pro­vided as­sis­tance to the show’s producers, keen to max­imise the ex­po­sure of the coun­try as a tourism desti­na­tion. Tourism New Zealand gen­eral man­ager of in­ter­na­tional pub­lic re­la­tions Cather­ine Bates said ‘‘It’s a real coup that New Zealand has been cho­sen as the film­ing desti­na­tion for this new se­ries, which will show­case its breadth and beauty to a global au­di­ence.’’

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