Dronie project captures the most epic selfies yet

It’s out with the selfie stick and in with the drone as take photos to a whole new level with our recently launched dronie project, capturing 10 second aerial videos of visitors in our geothermal valley.

The #NZDronie campaign was launched by Tourism New Zealand in 2014, and after reaching 34 million people globally in its first year, we are the first independent operator to offer the product.

Te Puia sales and marketing manager Kiri Atkinson-Crean says Te Puia launched the free dronie project to give visitors an unseen perspective of the valley and a totally unique piece of new age memorabilia to take home after their visit.

“Throughout the summer season, we will have trained staff dedicated to producing the dronie videos, which are free of charge for all Te Puia visitors.

“Visitors will stand in our designated dronie location in the valley, while the drone hovers in front of them to record. The drone will then fly back and upwards, keeping the person still in shot, but revealing the stunning scenery that’s behind them.

“Once the video is complete, staff will on the spot edit the shot to produce a 10 second video, which is instantly shared with visitors via email.

“Te Whakarewarewa Valley covers 60 hectares of out-of-this-world landscape and over 500 geothermal features including the world famous Pohutu Geyser, so it creates the ultimate backdrop.

“The drone gives visitors a unique view of the valley they would not otherwise get to see.”

Dronie project details:
NZ Summer (December 1 – March 31)
11am – 3pm, week days

Take a look at some dronie project video footage: https://youtu.be/TnlX4pE5Nu0