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Australia’s Bachelorette Looks for Love in Rotorua

Bachelorette Sam smiles for the cameras at Lake Rotorua.

Australia’s Bachelorette Looks for Love in Rotorua


Rotorua is in for a boost as a great holiday destination for Australians, when the season finale of Network Ten’s debut series of The Bachelorette Australia filmed in Rotorua screens next week.

Rotorua was announced last night [15 October 2015] as one of two New Zealand destinations that will be televised in the season finale of Network TeN’s debut series of The Bachelorette Australia.

The stakes are high for Australia’s beautiful ‘bachelorette’ Sam Frost, who will be making her first ever visit to New Zealand with her final two lucky suitors.

The geothermal wonderland of Rotorua will provide a dramatic backdrop for the first of Sam’s two final dates. The couple will get their hearts racing white water rafting on the challenging Kaituna River before things steam up in Rotorua’s thermal luxury.

Tourism New Zealand General Manager Australia, Tony Saunders, said he was thrilled to have the first ever Bachelorette Australia finale filmed in Aotearoa.

"The Bachelorette supports Tourism New Zealand’s objective to attract both high value and first time Australian visitors to New Zealand this coming autumn - profiling New Zealand as the perfect location for a luxury getaway.

“Australia is a priority market for Tourism New Zealand and we’re confident the season finale will inspire viewers to make the short trip across the Tasman.”

He said the myriad of landscapes and experiences available in Rotorua made it a perfect destination for filming the romantic season finale.

“Rotorua is rich with natural wonders; offering cultural, adventure and premium experiences. Whether couples are after romance, stunning scenery or world-class luxury, there’s something for everyone,” says Mr Saunders.

Destination Rotorua had been working closely with Tourism New Zealand to make major inroads into courting overseas markets. That collaboration ensured Rotorua was top-of-mind when producers were scouting potential destinations for the hugely popular television series.

“Working with the team at Tourism New Zealand in both Australia and domestically is always a great experience,” says Destination Rotorua Trade Manager Patrick Dault.

“Timing for The Bachelorette Australia couldn’t be more perfect; right before the busy summer season just as our international visitors are planning their summer getaways.

“The show will feature some of our iconic landscapes and activities and may even reveal to its international audience some of the hidden gems that make Rotorua such a sought after destination.”

The Bachelorette’s last date will take place in Auckland before Sam’s family joins her from Melbourne to support her big decision to choose ‘the one’ at the final Rose Ceremony.

New Zealand is the only international destination to be showcased in The Bachelorette Australia and the season finale will air on Australia’s Network Ten on Thursday 22 October at 7:30pm AEDT.


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