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Aus celebrities showcase Kiwi regions on popular lifestyle show

The south island’s West Coast and Northland will feature in Australia’s high rating lifestyle programme, The Living Room, as part of a regional push to encourage Australians to visit in autumn.

Tourism New Zealand has secured seven stories on the Network TEN programme as part of its campaign to showcase West Coast and Northland experiences to Australians. Chief Executive Stephen England-Hall says travel shows are an effective way to reach potential visitors and the programme provides another valuable opportunity to raise New Zealand’s profile in Australia.

“Australia is New Zealand’s biggest international visitor market, counting for almost half of our holiday visitors. This activity is part of our latest campaign to drive our holiday visitors beyond the gateway tourist spots and explore new destinations in New Zealand.”

Miguel Maestre on board Albatross V

The Northland episodes will feature Spanish-born Australian celebrity chef Miguel Maestre who visited Northland and the Bay of Islands, where he filmed a cooking segment at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel and a ‘catch and cook’ segment on board the Albatross V in Russell.

Matty J, a celebrity from the 2017 series of The Bachelor on Network TEN will host the West Coast episodes. Matty J travelled to Wanaka where he experienced the ‘Lord of the Rungs’ at Wildwire Wanaka, rode the West Coast Wilderness Trail and explored Franz Josef Glacier. 

Host and entertainment journalist, Amanda Keller, travelled to Christchurch for an interview with former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, where Richie flew Amanda over Christchurch by helicopter to showcase his favourite city.

The first episode of The Living Room featuring New Zealand goes to air on Friday 23 February in Australia. It will also feature on Choice TV in New Zealand.

Travel story factsheets will be available online after each story has gone to air which includes ‘safe driving for Aussies.’