TOP GEAR presenter Jeremy Clarkson has apologised to those who were disappointed they did not see him at Ninety Mile Beach this week.
Fans of the hit TV series camped out at the beach all day in hope of seeing the crew in action, but there was no sign of them.
Clarkson said he was sorry to upset fans via Twitter:
“Apologies to people and news crews who had a wasted journey to 90 mile beach. We were there but only briefly,” he said.
He had earlier made a direct apology to Jovica Mrkela, who drove to the beach from Auckland with his nine-year-old son.
“Would you apologise to him. As usual, the media made stuff up about what we are doing here.”
He also tweeted a picture of him reading a story by the Northland Age about the tension between the Far North District Council and local iwi over Top Gear using the beach
“I’d like to correct one report though. The Top Gear crew are not “less than friendly. They are terrifying.”
The BBC show was in Northland filming a road versus water race, where Clarkson drove a Toyota Corolla, while James May was on the America’s Cup yacht Oracle, as they raced from the Coromandel to Northland.