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Deane Parker


The allure of the backcountry draws me, it always has and always will.

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Deane Parker


The allure of the backcountry draws me, it always has and always will.

For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about exploring new landscapes, what's around the corner, over that ridge, or in that gorge. 

Mountain biking was the growth of my independence to the back country, even before I left high school. Scouring maps for rideable trails in the Top of the South Island. Rivers then drew me into another medium, to explore the depths of the multitude of the West Coasts' steep and thundering ribbons of cascading white water.

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About Deane


About Deane


About Deane Parker

Starting a family steered me away from professional river running but I was never far from the back country rediscovering the bike and quickly rekindling the passion for back country trails especially in the high country of Canterbury and the Southern Alps.

Often choosing the solace of riding deep into remote mountain trails solo and overnighting at one of the amazing network of DoC huts, only to recently realise that 'bikepacking' is a legitimate genre of cycling.

The freedom to carry all you need to be comfortable in the mountains or beech forests, is an awesome experience, just like hiking on fast forward.

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Adventure History


Adventure History


Adventure History 


1989-1995 Mountain biking and road cycling, Nelson.

Professional outdoor work history

1995-2000 Director of Ultimate Descents, white water rafting and kayaking. Based out of Murchison and specialising in multi day heli rafting on the West Coast.

2000-2004 Owner/operator of Riverplay, white water rafting and kayaking. Based in Hokitika and offering hike in inflatable kayaking and exclusive access to the Arahura river, also guided heli kayaking.

2004- present Thousands of kilometres of back country Bikepacking adventures and most recently discovering Packrafting.

 

Film Work
 

1997 IMAX panda movie,  river safety and stunt double on Buller river

1998 Mild Seven commercial, river safety and stunt double at Maruia Falls

2002 episode of Adventure Guide TV, aired on TVNZ1 a 30 minute film of the first raft descent of the Upper Arahura river.

2002 episode of Explorers, a TVNZ production that retraced some of the perilous journeys undertaken by New Zealand's pioneers. Filmed on the Buller river. 

2017 Waiau-Toa OdysseyBike & Packrafting Odyssey Adventure Film Best NZ made film for the 2017 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival!

First Descents
 

1997 Upper Waingaro river, Golden Bay

1997 Cobb river, Golden Bay

1998 first raft Descent North fork Mokihinui river, Buller

1998 Slate River, Golden Bay

1999 Parapara River, Golden Bay

2000 Bliss Falls, Toaroha River, West Coast

2002 first raft descent Upper Arahura river

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Contact Us


Contact Us


 

Contact Deane Parker

Cell: 0275840039

email: deane@deaneparker.nz

 

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