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Bear NZ Week once again roaring along

Fri 17 Feb 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Get It On! Bear NZ Week has continued to pull in the overseas visitors, who are getting out and about beyond the bars and experiencing a bit of rugged New Zealand wildlife. “It has been a pretty incredible last few days,” says one of the annual event’s organisers Alan Granville. “Seeing so many people coming along to the events and meeting new and old friends is really, really special. Two events were sell outs and the movie night on Thursday proved to be so popular that a second cinema had to be opened up.” Granville says there has been a mini invasion from Australia this year. “Our number of visitors from overseas has doubled from last year and we have guys from as far away as London, North Carolina and Seattle with us this week.” Two of his favourite events so far have been the Bear Drag night and the trip to Karangahake Gorge. Bear Drag, the picture says it all. “Bear Drag was such a hoot and the performers and crowd really got into the spirit of the night. You couldn’t help but be entertained. The trip to the Gorge was the first ever day event for us and we had a brilliant, if slightly wet, experience.” The boys hit the Karangahake Gorge There are still four events on the Get It on! Bear NZ Week calendar, including a trip to Rangitoto Island today, followed by the big Mr Urge NZ Bear contest tonight at the bar. Tomorrow is Tri-Nations 2012 with DJs from the UK, Australia and NZ playing at 420 Bar before the closing BBQ on Sunday ends the week.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 17th February 2012 - 11:27am

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