NZ as ro­man­tic get­away high­lighted in TV se­ries

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Hob­biton in Mata­mata be­came the scene of true love when the Unites States’ tele­vi­sion se­ries, The Bach­e­lor, was filmed at var­i­ous places in New Zealand.

Last week the Cen­tral North Is­land took cen­tre stage as the set­ting for ro­mance as episode six of the re­al­ity show filmed en­tirely in New Zealand aired on ma­jor United States net­work, the ABC.

Film­ing, in Oc­to­ber 2013, was se­cured through Tourism New Zealand’s In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Pro­gramme (IMP).

The Bach­e­lor host Chris Har­ri­son said he en­joyed re­turn­ing to New Zealand af­ter the show pre­vi­ously filmed sea­son 13’s fi­nal two episodes in Queen­stown and the Bay of Is­lands in 2009.

‘‘It was great com­ing back,’’ he says.

‘‘The North Is­land was spec- tac­u­lar and I got to ex­pe­ri­ence some amaz­ing fly-fish­ing.’’

The Bach­e­lor’s bach­e­lor, Juan Pablo Galavis, and the fi­nal eight ladies ex­pe­ri­enced a week of ad­ven­ture, ro­mance and lux­ury through­out the re­gion.

Galavis was im­pressed with the pic­turesque scenery.

‘‘From the mo­ment I ar­rived in New Zealand I was blown away by how beau­ti­ful it was,’’ he said.

The show was sup­ported by a num­ber of re­gional tourism or­gan­i­sa­tions: Des­ti­na­tion Lake Taupo, Des­ti­na­tion Ro­torua and Hamil­ton and Waikato Tourism.

Con­tes­tants took part in a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing jet boat­ing, Te Puia in Ro­torua as well as vis­it­ing Hob­biton.

The cast and crew also stayed at Huka Lodge and Hil­ton Lake Taupo, and vis­ited Poronui Lodge.

The episode reached an ini­tial au­di­ence of 7.8 mil­lion United States view­ers.

Tourism New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Gregg An­der­son said the show’s tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter as the or­gan­i­sa­tion continues to lever­age the high aware­ness of New Zealand af­ter the re­cent re­lease of the sec­ond movie in The Hob­bit tril­ogy.

‘‘The show pro­vides ex­ten­sive, high- pro­file cov­er­age and ex­po­sure of New Zealand to ex­cite and mo­ti­vate our tar­get mar­ket to travel here – much greater than we can achieve through cam­paign ac­tiv­ity alone.

‘‘Fur­ther­more, The Bach­e­lor per­fectly sup­ports our ac­tiv­ity to tar­get vis­i­tors look­ing for a ro­man­tic hol­i­day – pro­fil­ing New Zealand as the per­fect lo­ca­tion for a ro­man­tic get­away, wed­ding or hon­ey­moon.’’

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