Australian television smash-hit 800 Words has wrapped filming on this side of the Tasman for a second series — with cast and crew celebrating a mammoth eight-month shoot last Friday night with an Auckland bar crawl.
The first series of this NZ/ Australia co-production — made by South Pacific Pictures for Channel 7 — was the highest-rating drama series of 2015 in Australia. And expectations are high for series two — which saw cast base themselves fulltime in New Zealand.
Ex-pat Kiwi Erik Thomson who took out the Best Actor award at the Australian TV Week Logie Awards for his 800 Words role as George Turner, relocated from Sydney to New Zealand with his wife Caitlin McDougall, and their two children Eilish and Magnus James, during the shoot.
All the Aussie actors embraced their stay in NZ, taking time out to see as much of the country as possible.
Many headed down to Rotorua to spend time at the marae of Kiwi actress Cian Elyse White.
After filming wrapped, the cast returned across the Tasman to start publicising next week’s Australian launch of the hotly-anticipated second series.
TVNZ is yet to confirm the start date for series two.