Goodbye Selfies, Hello Dronies

Holidays right, what’s better than getting away from it all, enjoying some nice peaceful downtime and getting to rub it in everyone’s face(book)s?

Yup, not only has 2014 been blighted by the prolific selfie, it’s become to vehicle of choice for social media braggers to prove exactly relaxed and content with their holidays they are.

This is real…

But good news! Now you don’t have to resort to snapping the shot yourself – some entrepreneurial types down under have hit upon the idea of using the latest camera craze to make some dollar. Introducing ‘the dronie’.

Mock if you will, but we think this is pretty rad. Or at least for the time being. Cool, lies in scarcity and even with the dawn of the autonomous selfie drones almost upon us, it’s unlikely many people are gonna be sending these out through the social media airwaves.

Plus its infinitely better than the usual slope side photographers we get this side of the equator – usually a drunk/stoned French guy mooching around on a snow bike and charging 50EUR for a shot.

So if you’re down in NZ this summer (winter) go check it out – they’re touring all the major resorts on the South Island by the looks of it. First person to insta-tag #NZdronie and WLsnow wins a mug. Maybe.

Is this the drone you were looking for?

If their own words:

Dronies – the new trend where selfies are shot using flying drones to create personal videos – will be hitting New Zealand’s mountain ranges this winter, enabling visitors and ski enthusiasts to share the epic beauty of the South Island with their friends.

Giving a fresh perspective on creating holiday memories, Tourism New Zealand’s drone begins recording a close up portrait then quickly pans out to show New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery, creating a short film about eight seconds long.  The resulting video can then be shared with friends on all social channels via #NZdronie.

The NZdronie will be travelling around key South Island destinations during July and August 2014 and won’t just be for snow bunnies. As well as hitting the slopes of Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Mount Hutt and Mount Cook ski areas, NZdronie will be available in both Queenstown and Lake Tekapo.

Alongside world-class skiing and some of the best panoramic views on the planet, winter in New Zealand offers more magic in every day. Whether visitors are after adrenaline filled activities or more relaxed experiences such as wine tasting or soaking in a hot spa, winter offers an array of adventures.

More information about where NZdronies can be found and a video demonstrating how it works are available on the 100% Pure New Zealand Instagram (@purenewzealand) and Facebook pages.

Tourism New Zealand is encouraging people to share their dronies using the hashtag #NZdronie with daily prizes up for grabs.

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