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Pete's Dragon

22 September 2016, 12am

MEDIA RELEASE

McLaren Falls photo competition to celebrate the
Bay of Plenty’s silver screen debut

September 22, 2016: The Bay of Plenty has made its big screen debut with the animated feature film Disney’s Pete’s Dragon opening in cinemas nationwide last week.

And to celebrate the film’s release and its iconic filming location – McLaren Falls – Tourism Bay of Plenty is hosting a social media photo competition.

The park features in the children’s fantasy film as a lush riverside backdrop to Pete and Elliot the dragon’s adventure. Boasting endless bush walks, breath-taking waterfalls, glow worm trails and water access for fishing and kayaking, McLaren Falls is one of the Bay’s best-loved natural attractions.

Tourism Bay of Plenty wants to see your photos of McLaren Falls on Facebook and Instagram – be it the iconic waterfall, a weekend spent walking through the park or a star-lit camping trip with the family.

Assistant Marketing and Communications Manager Abby Parkin says this a chance for residents and visitors to go beyond the beach this spring and showcase our slice of paradise.

“We’re so lucky to live in a place where you’re only a 15-minute drive away from immersing yourself in nature. McLaren Falls has something for everyone – for the family looking for an easy stroll, to water sport enthusiasts and young adventure seekers.

“There’s no denying we’re a coastal paradise, but we’d love to see travellers and residents of all ages exploring our equally stunning local parks – particularly one that is now part of cinematic history.”

While filming commenced in the Bay, the region played host to an A-list cast, including Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and New Zealand’s own Karl Urban. In fact, Jurassic World star Bryce became a local in the “iconically beautiful” Mount Maunganui during her stay.

“In New Zealand, I had the chance to travel around quite a bit and I lived in a place called Mount Maunganui, which is kind of like a beach town,” she said at a recent press event. “It was so beautiful. I loved living [there] – my kids went to school there and everything.”

To enter the Disney’s Pete’s Dragon McLaren Falls photo competition, post your photos on Instagram using both hashtags #petesdragon and #bayofplenty, or share on the Tourism Bay of Plenty Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bayofplentytourism

Entries close on September 30, with the prize and winning image announced on Tourism Bay of Plenty’s social media pages.

Created: 02 February 2017

Last updated: 07 February 2017