From Wellington to Pahiatua, Raglan, New Plymouth, Wanganui and Masterton, our Sydney Hotshots performers have travelled through country terrain and beautiful cities, and the tour isn’t even over yet.
At the beginning of the tour, Dave H, Dave B, Philippe and tour manager Will were all super excited and anxious, as Dave B has family residing in the beautiful country and Will had never been there before. All four of them agree that it is one of the most gorgeous countries they have ever set foot in. Almost every day, Will can’t help but post a Facebook status commenting on how beautiful the landscape is, not to mention the crisp, incredible New Zealand air that makes polluted cities and other areas a distant memory.
Their first show on their tour run was at Wellington’s Boogie Wonderland, and from first impressions the guys knew they would only have to look forward to the hospitality of New Zealanders. They had a fantastic night and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the locals, which set very high standards for areas to come. As a treat and a parting gift, the venue managers said goodbye to the guys with a box of Whittaker’s chocolate – which immediately became the guys’ new little guilty pleasure, and once they found out it is locally owned and produced, they made it their mission to continue the tour always with a box of Whittaker’s handy to tame their sweet-tooth on their days with loads of driving among the inevitable several times they would have to live off kettle-boiled eggs and chicken breast.
Next stop, the Post Office Hotel in Pahiatua, a beautiful little town in the south-east of the North Island! Not surprisingly, the show sold out within 9 days and the guys definitely did not disappoint. The friendliness and generosity of the staff and locals really stood out, and it was clear that the ladies of Pahiatua were most definitely looking forward to watching them perform. Venue manager Kylie stated many times that it is a massive event for the town, and they would have the guys back again in a heartbeat, especially since the tickets sold out so quickly!
After a few days of travelling and performing in Palmerston North and Hamilton, it was off to Raglan to perform at the Orca Restaurant and Bar. The guys were so excited to visit this particular town as Dave H and Dave B had driven past during previous tours and have always wanted the opportunity to stop, stay and dance. “On last year’s New Zealand tour, we were driving past Raglan on the way to New Plymouth from Wellington and one of the boys pointed out how beautiful it was. We were so disappointed that we couldn’t stop and stay because it just looked so lovely.” The night was a huge success with over 100 screaming local ladies packed in a room who all knew what the Sydney Hotshots were all about, thanks to a lovely reporter from the Raglan Chronicle who featured us in an exclusive story.
The guys then had a couple days off to travel slowly and soak up the New Zealand scenery like true tourists. On Tuesday 10th November, our Hotshots had the pleasure of appearing on Good Morning New Zealand on which they played a fun “Have You Ever” game with the show hosts. They suffered from questions such as “Have you ever had to lie about your job” and “What’s your favourite pick-up line”, which proved a fun and enjoyable break from driving for so many days and potentially becoming a little stir-crazy! The guys also had a chat to the hosts about their personal life, like their pets, their family and where they envision themselves in five years from now. After the segment aired, the guys were regularly stopped on the streets as ladies recognised them as the Sydney Hotshots.
From the Good Morning New Zealand studio in Auckland, it was off to The Mayfair in New Plymouth, then The Furlong in Hawera, and at the end of the week, it was the lovely Doolan Brothers Newmarket, where they had the opportunity to meet and greet with the locals of Newmarket. It was then off to The Greytown in Wairarapa, Stellar Bar and Restaurant in Wanganui, Masterton Cosmopolitan Club in Masterton, Levin Club in Levin and Putaruru Hotel in Putaruru in the following week. The guys couldn’t help but constantly let the office know of how privileged they felt to be able to immerse themselves and take the time to revel in the gorgeous New Zealand atmosphere. They are keeping the selfies and the scenery pics going, and they can’t hopping out of the tour van and documenting some beautiful areas!
This week, the Sydney Hotshots appeared at the Kauri Arms Tavern in Kaitaia, and the Old Stone Butter Factory in Whangarei. For the remainder of the tour, they will be performing at:
- Sat 28 Nov: Tauranga RSA @ 7.30pm, $35
- Sun 29 Nov: Tomis in Taupo @ 8pm, $30
- Wed 2 Dec: Onekawa Sideline Bar @ 8:30pm, $30
- Thurs 3 Dec: Frasertown Tavern @ 8pm, $30
- Fri 4 Dec: Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club @ 8pm, $30
- Sat 5 Dec: Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club @ 8.30pm, $30
- Sun 6 Dec: The Establishment @ 8:30pm, $30
Tickets can be purchased by contacting the venues directly via phone or in person. Get in quick ladies, with all the hype around the guys, you definitely would not want to miss out!