Close - yet far - from home for bachelorette

By Mikaela Collins

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Gabrielle Davenport.
Gabrielle Davenport.

Northland's own bachelorette says it was strange being in the Bay of Islands for The Bachelor New Zealand and not being able to tell family she was so close to home.

The Bay of Islands is the latest date destination for the reality TV programme. Last night was the last episode in Queensland and tonight the show will feature dates in the Bay of Islands as well as a rose ceremony at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Kerikeri woman Gabrielle Davenport is one of six women who will be hoping to receive a rose at tonight's ceremony at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

The 29-year-old said it was strange being so close to home but not being able to tell her family she was nearby.

"It was very weird being in such familiar surroundings and being so close to family but not tell them that I was there. When we were out and about I definitely saw some familiar faces passing by which is what I love about being from the North," she said.

A spokeswoman for the show said a series of dates had been filmed in the Bay of Islands including a hike at Urupukapuka Island, kayaking and a visit to Haruru Falls.

Ms Davenport said she enjoyed being home.

"It's always so lovely being home, it's so beautiful and easy to relax, even in this crazy situation.

"I guess being home was when the penny really dropped for me, I started to think about, if I end up with Jordan, spending time back in the Bay of Islands together."

The Bachelor New Zealand screens on TV3, Monday and Tuesday, from 7.30pm.

- Northern Advocate

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