Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Remember last year when I flew back to New Zealand to film a travel reality show in Wellington? A segment of it just launched online, with the rest scheduled to show on Australian TV sometime in the near future. Here's how it went down: Patrick Stevenson, a Sydney-based photographer, fixed-gear enthusiast and all-round-good-guy, was hired to go on the adventure of a lifetime – an all expenses paid trip to Berlin, with a crew of cameramen following his every move. Only he wasn't actually going to Berlin at all. As he found out on the flight over, his final destination was Wellington, New Zealand, and he wasn't happy. I'd been brought on as the tour guide to show him a good time, and to prove once and for all that Wellington is a viable destination for Sydney hipsters.
Air New Zealand flew me from New York to LA, then onto Auckland, then down to Wellington, all in the space of 24 hours. I arrived in our nation's fair capital at lunchtime, began filming at 3:00pm, and didn't finish till 4:00am. The next five days were spent eating, drinking coffee, partying till the early hours, riding fixed gear bicycles (Patrick body-slammed on the pavement), dressing my new Australian mate just like me (thanks to Crane Brothers) and generally enjoying everything that Wellington had to offer.
Five days have been condensed into five minutes in the clip above, with narration from Rhys Darby. I hope you like it! Special thanks to Air New Zealand, the film crew, Barney Hodges, Patrick, Dennelle, Jo, the directors, the city of Wellington, and everyone else who made it happen.
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