Aotearoa's place as an adventure sport mecca is vividly captured in this classic 70s documentary, directed by Roger Donaldson (Smash Palace). Sir Edmund Hillary leads an A-Team of mates to tackle Fiordland's unclimbed Kaipo Wall. In part one, they set out to kayak and raft down the Hollyford River's white water rapids for the first time (they're soon overturned, bashed and wet). At Lake McKerrow they build a DIY sailboat with a tent fly and branches (Bear Grylls take note), then tramp along windswept sands and through thick bush to reach the imposing wall.
Mike Gill told me about a sheer 4000 foot rock wall he discovered in the Darren Ranges. He called it the Kaipo Wall. Now that was quite a long time ago, but it still hasn’t been climbed. We thought it'd be a good idea to go down and climb it.– Edmund Hillary on why they’re going on the mission