Following on from the success of the 'Waiau-toa Odyssey' which won the Best NZ Made Film at the 2017 NZ Mountain Film Festival, 'Team Odyssey' wants to build on the profile from this project with a more challenging 'bikerafting' expedition
To plan a route by packraft and mountain bike to showcase the recreational opportunities and spectacular natural environment of the Buller and Tasman Districts.
To highlight the opportunities that flow from the economic growth of trail development and sustainable tourism developments
To film the journey and produce a professional quality short film(10-20 minutes) to enter for selection at the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival, to lobby Outside TV for an intent to broadcast, and for the sponsors to use as a promotional tool.
To build brand awareness for the sponsors as the suppliers of the highest performance bikerafting (packrafting/mountain biking) equipment.
Kahurangi National Park is the 2nd largest national park in NZ with some of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes in the country. Free flowing pristine rivers tumble out of alpine tussock lands and temperate rainforest. Untouched wilderness is intersected by one of NZ's Great Walks, The Heaphy Track and the recently completed Old Ghost Road, at 85km the longest single track in the nation. Bordered on the south by one of the biggest volume rivers, The Buller. Running through the heart of Kahurangi is the Mokihinui, a swift flowing torrent hemmed in by a stunning granite canyon. The Aorere tumbles out of the mountains in the North through bands of limestone, emptying into the tocean at Golden Bay the start and finish point of this epic journey. The planned duration is 8-10 days.
March 2018- bikerafting training Magdalen Valley/ Waiau Uwha River
April 2018- complete promotional package and begin distribution
May 2018- complete film proposal in conjunction with VisionCo begin applying for funding and a media channel
September 2018- complete negotiations with sponsors and media channel.
Late October 2018- Bikerafting training 2/3 days
Mid-Late November 2018- Undertake the expedition and filming
Approx February/March 2019- premiere film.
Sam 'Muel' Jones
Mountain man, wether it's ski patrol, steep scree lines on the bike or heli rafting grade 5 rivers, Muel has been out there doing it for over 20 years. A member of the award winning Waiau-toa Odyssey, film team
Mountain biking fuels Rose and her lifestyle. Rose and her husband Jackson make a formidable team on their homemade tandem in some of the most challenging downhill races in the South Island. Together they are part of the Torpedo7 team
“By considering your brand being involved in this project you will be supporting one of the most ambitious adventure film projects made in NZ in recent history. International exposure on large and small screens with high quality film production will ensure large viewership and high value return on investment”- Deane Parker, project manager.
Alpacka Rafts- packrafts
Salsa Cycles- salsa bikes and bikepacking gear
Aquabound- kayak paddles
Tineli bikewear- riding apparel
Absolute wilderness- freeze dried provisions
Little Beauties- provisions
Ems Power Cookies- provisions
True Fleece- merino apparel
Goat Cycles- demo ebike for filmmaker
Old Ghost Road and Rough and tumble Lodge- lodging and catering
Ultimate Descents NZ- rafting logistics and lodgings
Rasdex- Personal Floatation Devices.
Cyclewerks- Revelate and Salsa bikepacking bags and Teravail tyres
Zero Bags- ultra lightweight carry all bags
All sponsors will gain additional profile through the expedition website e.g.
https://www.waiautoaodyssey.nz/sponsors, through mainstream media releases and social media feeds