Grylls set to film reality show in Matukituki
British adventurer Bear Grylls looks set to film his new
reality television series in the Matukituki Valley, near
Wanaka, next month.
Queenstown-based production company Mountain Film Unit has
applied to Lakes Environmental for land-use consent to film
at Cattle Flat Station from March 6 to 26 for a television
Its application includes a film permit issued by property
management company APL for Get Out Alive, the name of the
reality television competition series survival expert Grylls
is launching on NBC this year.
Grylls, who found fame in the Discovery Channel's Man vs
Wild series, said on Twitter this week: ''about to call
the first contestants to tell them they have been chosen for
our NBC series Get Out Alive! Get ready!''
The elimination-style show will test the survival skills of
contestants completing back-country adventures, before
returning to a base camp.
The film permit, which covers only land administered by the
Queenstown Lakes District Council, lists the project's budget
as ''confidential'' and says filming activity will include
contestants crossing the Matukituki River ''carrying fire''
and swimming from a boat in Lake Wanaka to shore.
If land-use consent is granted, filming activity at sites on
Cattle Flat Station will only occur when contestants are not
on their adventure trips, which will take place at remote
locations on Department of Conservation estate, covered by a
separate one-off filming concession from Doc.
Cattle Flat Station is zoned rural general and the project is
a discretionary activity, because filming and the use of
buildings there would continue for more than seven days.
Temporary structures for the filming period include storage
containers, toilets, water tanks and catering, lighting and
generator trucks. Fire permits for a campfire and a fire to
warm a spa pool at one site have ben requested.
A support base will be set up next to the Aspiring
Helicopters hangar in Mt Aspiring Rd.
Up to 80 crew members would be travelling to locations during
filming, resulting in increased traffic in Mt Aspiring Rd,
mostly before 7am and after 7pm. It is understood many local
people will work on the project.
Mountain Film Unit managing director Julian Grimmond declined
to provide any further details on the film project. Cattle
Flat Station owner Charlie Ewing also declined to comment.
Grylls filmed an episode of Man vs Wild in Mt Aspiring
National Park in 2011.