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Last week, The Bachelor's Jason Mesnick narrowed his choices down from two to three women in Queenstown, New Zealand. I wrote about how they went bungy jumping, helicoptering and sailing in this majestic area which bills itself as "New Zealand’s premier four season lake and alpine resort." For tonight's finale, The Bachelor headed up north to Bay of Islands. While this episode was indeed more dramatic than the one before (Jason proposed!), the scenery sure wasn't — or at least it didn't appear that way on TV. While I was happy with Jason's choice of wife, I felt a little let down by the views since I expected them to somehow top last week's.
Jason's family flew to New Zealand to meet Molly Melaney and Melissa Rycroft and to give him any last minute advice on whom to choose. They seemed to like both women (which is a good thing when you see what happens on After The Final Rose) and probably would have liked Jillian Harris, too, but she got the axe last week. And they must have loved where they stayed: the spacious "Owners Cottage" at the luxurious golf resort Kauri Cliffs. The cottage rates range from $2,725—$4,000 a night. The final rose ceremony took place at Rahimoana, the fanciest villa among a group of very fancy villas near Russell called Eagles Nest. Rates for the four-bedroom Rahimoana start at $4,800 per night in the off-season. That infinity pool looks like it almost might be worth the price.
Check out the official New Zealand tourism site which has more details on the finale.