Film maker explores post-quake wilderness
‘‘I didn't realise how far out of my comfort zone I would be.’’
A team of adventurers used new technology to explore the wilderness of Marlborough after the November 14 earthquake dramatically changed the landscape.
Waiau-Toa Odyssey, directed by Simon Waterhouse, documents a six-day journey undertaken in February by five adventurers.
The film won the Best New Zealand-made film at the NZ Mountain Film Festival opening in Wanaka on Friday.
The expedition leaders, Damian Stones and Dean Parker, were inspired by the journeys of overseas adventurers.
The group travelled unsupported, using bikes and rafts, to travel 300 kilometres from St Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes to Kekerengu on the East Coast.
The trip is thought to be the first in New Zealand to use new pack-raft technology.
The inflatable rafts could be packed down and carried, allowing the adventurers to get their bikes into areas usually too difficult to access.
Parker said the trip took him ‘‘right back to the days of expedition paddling’’.
The film premiers at the Lake Wanaka Centre on July 1, from 4pm and Queenstown Memorial Centre on July 8, from 4pm.
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Pack rafting on the Clarence River in the award-winning film, Waiau-Toa Odyssey.