Aotearoa as adventure sport mecca is vividly captured in this classic Roger Donaldson-directed doco. Sir Edmund Hillary leads an A-Team of mates on an old school epic 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) before tramping along windswept sands and through thick bush to reach the imposing wall.
Mike Gill told me about a sheer 4000ft rock wall he discovered in the Darren Ranges. He called it the Kaipo Wall. That was quite a long time ago, but it still hasn’t been climbed. We thought it would be a good idea to go down and climb it.– Sir Ed on why they’re going on the mission