Logan Dodds wants to promote the Hibiscus Coast the way he experienced it growing up – with plenty of outdoor activities, hanging out with friends and having fun.
The Hibiscus Coast is about to be showcased as never before, in a high-energy video made by YouTube sensation and Manly resident Logan Dodds.
Logan, 25, is a plumber by trade, but since the YouTube video of his travels in Europe went viral in October 2015 (with more than five million views), he has moved into professional photography and video work; his credits include a music video for Six60 and a campaign with Air NZ, launched at the end of April.
His latest client is the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, who will pay him $15,000 to develop a promotional video for the area.
The board describes this as part of its “eco-tourism strategy”, and a way to bring together local tourism businesses and showcase attractions.
Logan’s initial outline for the video covers meeting mates at a building site in Millwater, exercising on Orewa Beach, golf at Gulf Harbour Country Club, a Gulf Harbour ferry ride and bush walk at Okura or Shakespear Regional Park.
He is hoping to also include cliff jumping, stand up paddleboarding and part of Te Ara Tahuna (Orewa Estuary walk/cycleway).
Logan hopes to capture a summer time feel in the video, although the filming will be done over winter.
He’s excited about the project. Having lived on the Coast since the age of two, he says it’s an opportunity to “show off where I’m from” and he plans to include friends and family.
The local board is also positive about the potential to promote the area; the idea for the video came about through workshops with ATEED external relations senior advisor Michael Goudie.
Info: look for Logan and his work on Instagram, @logan_dodds