Secret shoot’s Maori theme

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Queenstown Hill site for reality TV

A Maori-themed “chall­enge centre” has been built near the top of Queenstown Hill for filming of a new MTV reality show.

Up to 50 contestants and crew recently arrived in the resort from the United States for the shoot, expected to last six to eight weeks.

MTV bosses wanted a native New Zealand feel for the programme The Duel – believed to be a bit like British and Aussie TV hit Big Brother – but with more colourful outdoor challenges.

A sizeable structure has been created on the Coronet Peak side of Queenstown Hill, where contestants are being pitted against each other during a series of duels and tasks.

The 50 metre-long site area is partially ringed by large steel-framed columns, decorated with Maori designs.

Details about the knockout-style show are being kept strictly under wraps in case any gossip leaks to viewers.

But Mountain Scene understands MTV has also rented a large private house on Slopehill Road near Dalefield, where contestants are being filmed living together.

The only time the 24-strong cast has ventured out in public was when they were whisked to Queenstown Gardens last week to shoot scenes inside Queenstown Fun Centre, which had been specially hired for the day.