INTRODUCTION-

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

 OBJECTIVES-

  • 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. 

 "Bikerafting is becoming the pursuit of choice by the worlds leading adventurers"  

"Bikerafting is becoming the pursuit of choice by the worlds leading adventurers"  

 ROUTE-

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.

 "Modern packrafts have the ability to carry large loads for extended journeys" 

"Modern packrafts have the ability to carry large loads for extended journeys" 

 TIMELINE-

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.

 

 TEAM ODYSSEY-

 

Deane Parker-

 "Carrying packrafts, paddling gear and multi day equipment will be challenging on the almost 200km of technical singletrack " 

"Carrying packrafts, paddling gear and multi day equipment will be challenging on the almost 200km of technical singletrack " 

 Passionate about backcountry bikepacking and packrafting, Deane loves the challenge of solo remote missions and technical jungle trails, more recently Deane has been upskilling in adventure photography and film making. A member of the award winning Waiau-toa Odyssey, film team. deaneparker.nz 

 

Sam 'Muel' Jones

 "Muel has the ability to support the team with his his strength and fitness"

"Muel has the ability to support the team with his his strength and fitness"

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

 

Rose Green-

 "Rose is a solid addition to the team, incredibly fit, always smiling, her packrafting skills improving for recent training trips" 

"Rose is a solid addition to the team, incredibly fit, always smiling, her packrafting skills improving for recent training trips" 

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   

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 "The unique nature of singletrack and whitewater will be this expeditions point of difference " 

"The unique nature of singletrack and whitewater will be this expeditions point of difference " 

SPONSORSHIP PROPOSAL

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. 

Supporting partners

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 

 "The Waiau-toa Odyssey expedition final day" 

"The Waiau-toa Odyssey expedition final day"