Love was in the air as 100 singles in search of a soul mate boarded an Air NZ matchmaking flight from Los Angeles to Auckland in mid-October. However, two passengers were already paired off– The Bachelor‘s Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, who were returning to relive the magic of the land that captured both of their hearts during the November 2008 filming of the ABC reality series.
Already comfortable in front of the camera due to their shared experience on the 13th season of The Bachelor, the happy couple’s romantic getaway to Queenstown, which included a flight to Milford Sound with The Helicopter Line, a ride on Shotover Jet and skydiving with NZONE, was captured on film by Tourism NZ for future viewing by the fans who followed their televised love story.
After a stay at Eichardt’s Private Hotel in the city’s center, the pair found themselves back at the retreat where Mesnick’s heart momentarily misled him into choosing another. Rectifying the wrong, on October 20, 2009 at the Kohara Lodge the bachelor slipped a diamond and platinum engagement ring into a glass of celebratory champagne,
Photos courtesy Destination Queenstown