The cast from hit ABC show The Bachelor enjoyed ultimate adventure, romance and luxury experiences in New Zealand's Central North Island – all while bidding to win the heart of Juan Pablo Galavis, the 18th Bachelor.
Ultimate Adventure in New Zealand
Juan Pablo Galavis and the remaining eight contestants from hit ABC romance reality series The Bachelor enjoyed ultimate adventure, romance and luxury experiences in New Zealand’s Central North Island in the 18th edition which airs Mondays (8:00–10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.
Juan Pablo landed in New Zealand in style, arriving on Lake Taupo, the country’s largest lake, in a seaplane while the girls pampered themselves in the elegant Owners Cottage at award-winning luxury retreat Huka Lodge.
More on Juan Pablo
When Juan Pablo Galavis, a former professional soccer player from Venezuela, stepped out of the limo last season to meet Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock, he also stepped into the hearts of female fans across the country, women who were taken with his sincerity, easy-going charm and good looks. The dashing single dad, very devoted to his young daughter, Camila, was ready to find love. Despite failing to win Desiree’s heart, Juan Pablo became one of the most talked-about men of the season; now, he is back with his own chance to find the love of his life and a wife — as well as a stepmother to his daughter — from among 27 beautiful bachelorettes. Follow Juan Pablo’s search for his soul mate in the 18th edition of The Bachelor Mondays (8:00–10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.
Mysterious one-on-one date
Juan Pablo and his one-on-one date enjoyed a mysterious jet boat ride along the mighty Waikato River to The Squeeze, an activity branded as a hidden gem by locals. Here they got to grips with each other as they maneuvered through narrow crevasses and climbed over boulders before finding themselves surrounded by native New Zealand forest, under a gushing waterfall – romance at its very best.
Later that evening the duo enjoy traditional New Zealand cuisine at Te Puia, Rotorua’s home of Maori culture and marvelled at the Pohutu geyser, one of the most stunning geysers to be found in the geothermal wonderland.
Adrenaline-filled group date
The group date was all about adventure as Juan Pablo took the girls for a spin at the adrenaline filled OGO, where they rolled down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball.
Their unexpected journey continued when they arrived at The Hobbiton Movie Set. Housed in the rural village of Matamata, Hobbiton is one of New Zealand’s most loved tourist attractions and home to the hobbit holes as seen in the blockbuster The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. As well as dining in the delightful Green Dragon Inn, complete with cosy fireplace, Juan Pablo wooed the ladies beneath the legendary party tree and amongst the various Hobbit holes. The Green Dragon Inn is replicated from the movie set.
Romantic one-on-one date
The first ever Latino Bachelor took his final one-on-one date to Tarata Fishaway Lodge near Taihape, where they enjoyed a romantic afternoon below the dramatic canyons of the Rangitikei River. The pair finished off the evening with a candle-lit dinner on the balcony of Juan Pablo’s penthouse suite at the Hilton Taupo.
The dramatic rose ceremony and deliberation was set at the tranquil Blake House at Poronui Lodge, one of the world’s premier wilderness lodges, surrounded by crystal clear mountain waters, native beech forest, ferns and lush alpine meadows.
Live like a bachelor at the Hilton Lake Taupo, which overlooks the picturesque Lake Taupo. Juan Pablo himself stayed in the hotel’s penthouse suite. The Hilton Lake Taupo is minutes away from the charming Taupo town center and 15 minutes from Taupo airport. Including the Heritage wing, which was built in 1889 and the new wing, it contains 113 rooms.
Experience the lap of luxury like the Bachelor’s ladies did by staying in the Owner’s Cottage at Huka Lodge. Huka Lodge is an exclusive hideaway, surrounded by beautiful gardens and the deep turquoise waters of the Waikato River. Their garden is ranked as a 'Garden of National Significance' and deemed to be of regional importance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.
Discover your adventurous side on the Gravity Canyon Swing where you can bungy jump, take the canyon swing or zip-line.
Explore Northland’s beautiful beaches, the birthplace of New Zealand and world-class diving at Poor Knights.
Discover golf and wine on the East Coast of the North Island, including the acclaimed Cape Kidnappers golf course.
Check out a foodie tour, local cafes and restaurants and the nation’s museum Te Papa in New Zealand’s capital.
In season 13 bachelor Jason Mesnick and his final three lucky ladies spent time in Queenstown where they took a dramatic helicopter flight, a tandem Bungy jump at the original bungy site at Kawarau Bridge, a boat ride on an historic yacht and then faced elimination at the beautiful Stoneridge Estate.
The final two ladies then headed to Northland where they took part in the following activities: they enjoyed a romantic stroll along Pink Shell beach, played golf at the famous Kauri Cliffs golf course, sailed on a catamaran and enjoyed massages at Eagles Nest. The final rose ceremony took place at the breathtakingly beautiful Rahimoana luxury lodge.
On ABC’s hit primetime reality series The Bachelor, one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. A single and eligible Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a number of beautiful women, gradually narrowing the field as he continues his search for his soul mate. At the end of this romantic voyage, if he has found the one, will there be a proposal — and will she say yes? Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.
The 18th season of The Bachelor airs Mondays 8/7c on ABC. For more information on The Bachelor, visit http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor.
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