“Dronies” Take Flight on New Zealand Slopes
By Helen Zook
Sick of the selfie? Tourism New Zealand’s new take on the trend may peak your interest. Enter the “dronie,” a video taken by a high-flying, remote control-operated drone. Through August, the company will hit the slopes with its own miniature aircraft to shoot 8-second HD clips of visitors to several South Island ski areas. The drone-toting representatives email the videos to participants, free of charge.
If you’re visiting the country but aren’t keen on adventure sports, you’re in luck. In addition to filming on Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Mount Hutt and Mount Cook, Tourism New Zealand will take its new toy to Queenstown and Lake Tekapo for equally stunning aerial shots. They shelled out $1,400 for a DJ Phantom 2 Vision+ drone, which starts out its footage with a close-up of the subjects and quickly zooms out for a panoramic view of the Kiwi landscapes.
Sound like the ultimate Instagram post? The tourism authority thinks so, too. Participants are encouraged to upload the videos to their social media accounts with the hashtag #NZdronie. You can visit Tourism New Zealand’s Facebook page for the drone’s latest location—and get ready to rack up the likes.
Helen Zook is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.