Top Gear crosses the finish line in NZ race

Last updated 09:02 14/03/2013
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The Top Gear team has wrapped filming in New Zealand after completing a race from the Coromandel to the Far North between a car and a yacht.

The BBC series and controversial host Jeremy Clarkson travelled the route, which ended on Northland's Ninety Mile Beach tonight, in a Toyota Corolla.  Fellow host James May cruised the route on the America's Cup yacht Oracle.

Clarkson tweeted: "My work in New Zealand is done. But it's nice here. So I'm going to stick around."

He added: "It'd be great to stay in New Zealand for longer but I have to be in Spitzbergen at the weekend."

It is understood that May won the race.

Ngati Kuhi iwi was involved in blessing the race which had raised the ire of other iwi due to a lack of consultation.

"For them to come with all their machinery,  BBC to us is like seeing the first ice cream, I suppose," Tineaha Murray of Ngati Kuhi told ONE News.

Others such as Ngai Takoto spokesperson, Mangu Awarau was not so impressed.

He said Clarkson thought he was "above" everybody and did not feel the need to talk to Maori.

The depiction of the beach as a race track was not something local iwi were happy about, he said.

The show is seen by millions of people in more than 200 countries.

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