Love Island NZ coming to Three this year

Kiwi reality TV fans can prepare for drama as one of the world's hottest shows heads our way.

Three announced on Sunday it is bringing the first-ever official Love Island NZ to Kiwis' screens later this year.

Not only will viewers be able to see a boat-load of Kiwis in paradise with a mission to find love, but in the months leading up to it, Three will be screening the full 2019 seasons of Love Island US, UK and Australia hot on the heels of their international debut.

MediaWorks chief content officer Andrew Szusterman is excited to be bringing international smash-hit reality show to our shores.

"Love Island takes the concept of 'appointment viewing' to a whole new level and has been smashing records on air along with creating unprecedented social media hype and audience engagement," he says.

"This show really is redefining the traditional television landscape, the likes of which New Zealand has not seen before and I'm really proud that yet again Three is leading the way in entertainment television by bringing it first to New Zealanders."

With no contact from the outside world, Love Island sees its occupants live the celebrity lifestyle in a luxury villa in a stunning location. They must find someone to couple up with or get kicked out.

Not only do they have to choose their partner wisely, they have to win the hearts of the public, as it's up to viewers to decide who will stay and who will go.

The winning couple are handed prize money to start their new lives together but there is a catch - one is given the chance to share the money or walk away with it all for themselves.

Social media sizzled last year with Love Island UK being the most talked about TV series on Twitter in 2018, with a total of 6.3 million tweets and 18 million likes.

Love Island NZ will be produced by ITV Studios Australia, it's first production for a New Zealand network.

"For Love Island to be our first commission in [New Zealand] is really exciting and we can't wait to start working with Three to make the series a hit there," said David Mott, the chief executive and manager director of ITV Studios Australia.

Love Island NZ will be one of at least five international launches this year, including the United States, Belgium, Holland and Poland.