Australian dance and pop group Justice Crew, which will
perform live from Queenstown next Friday morning during a
live broadcast by Australian breakfast show Sunrise. Photo
by Sie Kitts.
Australian television audiences will be given a
bird's-eye view of Queenstown next week when Channel Seven's
breakfast programme broadcasts live from the
It is the first time in more than three years the entire
programme has travelled overseas and it will be the first
time it has come to New Zealand.
Now in its 11th year, the programme reaches an average of 3
million viewers weekly.
Executive producer Michael Pell said the team was looking
forward to its trip.
''The stage is set for two adrenaline-fuelled days of Sunrise
and each of our presenters has a winter challenge to complete
while we're there.''
Filming would include Skippers Canyon, Amisfield and the
Minus 5 Ice Bar, along with weather crosses from Monday from
locations including Mt Hutt, Tekapo, Mackenzie, the
Remarkables and Wanaka.
The show will broadcast from Coronet Peak on Thursday morning
with hosts David Koch, Samantha Armytage, Natalie Barr, Mark
Beretta and Edwina Bartholomew. New Zealand-born winner of
Australian Idol Stan Walker and Ginny Blackmore will perform
their single Holding You.
Coronet Peak ski area manager Ross Copland said the duo would
perform at 10.30am from a stage at the top of the beginner's
area on the mountain.
''We're inviting locals, visitors and young fans from
Queenstown and all around the region to come along, enjoy the
free performance and experience this rare live broadcast on
''We'll have an area especially set aside for those fans to
watch the Sunrise broadcast and the performance.''
People were reminded to ''dress warmly and wear appropriate
footwear for the snow'', he said.
Mr Copland said the value of screening live from Coronet Peak
to Australia was ''almost immeasurable''.
On Friday, Sunrise would broadcast from Novotel Queenstown
Lakeside on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, where Australian
dance and pop group Justice Crew would perform its biggest
hits live, including its latest single Que Sera. The public
were welcome to attend.
The partnership between Tourism New Zealand, Accor and
Channel Seven was secured through TNZ Australia and followed
TNZ's launch of its ''More magic in every day'' winter
advertising campaign, designed to encourage more Australians
to discover more ''winter magic adventures'' in New Zealand.
TNZ Australia general manager Tony Saunders said it was a
''huge coup'' to secure filming of the show from Queenstown.
It would motivate Australians ''to discover a broad range of
winter activities as well as reinforce how accessible we are
to Australians,'' he said. The broadcasts will coincide with
the 40th anniversary of the Queenstown Winter Festival, which
will be officially opened on Friday night.