TVNZ's Survivor is filming in Nicaragua

Iguana Beach on Nicaragua's Corn Island. Could this be the location for Survivor NZ?
JANE SWEENEY

Iguana Beach on Nicaragua's Corn Island. Could this be the location for Survivor NZ?

If poisonous creepy crawlies aren't enough to put you off competing on Survivor NZ, who knows what will.

Industry sources say filming for the new reality TV show is already underway in Nicaragua, Central America.

The republic, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is known for its dramatic landscape and potentially poisonous wildlife.

Last week, host Matt Chisholm shared a series of photos while on location for the show. The TVNZ presenter even told his Twitter followers that he'd acquired a new pet tarantula.

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Meet the new host of Survivor NZ - TVNZ's Matt Chisholm.
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Meet the new host of Survivor NZ - TVNZ's Matt Chisholm.

"I'd like to introduce you all to Terry, Terry my new pet tarantula... I found today," Chisholm tweeted.

While TVNZ are yet to confirm the location for the reality TV series, or the official launch date, sources can confirm that the series is currently filming in Central America.

In May, TVNZ confirmed that the Seven Sharp reporter would front the show.

An aerial view of the Nicaraguan jungle and the snaking Wawu River. Are our Kiwi Survivors in there?
Jonathan Kingston

An aerial view of the Nicaraguan jungle and the snaking Wawu River. Are our Kiwi Survivors in there?

"I never would have dreamed that I would be part of the Survivor phenomenon. Working in news and current affairs is a fantastic ride, but I'm looking forward to dipping my toes in new waters for a bit!" Chisholm said at the time.

"I can't wait to watch the castaways slug it out, in what is one of the hardest reality show competitions in the world," he added.

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TVNZ's director of content, Jeff Latch, said Chisholm had "proved himself" as a reporter for the network.

"Couple that with his wicked sense of humour and how he loves to throw himself into any situation, Matt is the perfect host for Survivor New Zealand," he said.

Previously rumoured hosts included The Bachelor NZ's Chrystal Chenery, however TVNZ denied approaching the former contestant for the role.

According to the network, more than 8000 Kiwis registered their interested in competing on the reality show.

Survivor NZ's launch date is yet to be confirmed.

 - Stuff

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