New Zealand Mountain Film Festival: a nationwide tour that inspires Rotorua

Image from the 2022 Festival – Lukas Kirchner takes in the views of La Pérouse and the west coast from the Middle Peak Hotel on Aoraki Mt Cook. Photo / Gavin Lang

Slide, slide, or walk to the Harvest Center auditorium for an inspiring evening watching a collection of unique, award-winning adventure films.

The 2022 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival ‘National Tour’ premieres at the center on Tuesday 26 July.

Local organizer Brett Cotter says, “This program with four compelling films has something for everyone, whatever your adventure.

The award-winning film, ‘House of the Gods’, follows British adventurer and rock climber Leo Houlding and his crew on their real-world quest through 100km of pristine jungle, through a unique slime forest and up the sheer cliff face of Mount Roraima , which rises from the depths of the Amazon rainforest like the prow of a gigantic ship.

Shrouded in clouds, soaked by torrential rains and protected by vertical jungle, deep mud and overhanging cliffs, this distinctive landscape inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World and the Disney/Pixar animated film UP!

Also on the lineup is Spirit of Adventure award-winning “We Usually Don’t Have Ice Cream,” which features a group of over-65s from Wellington who go for a walk every Wednesday.

They don’t believe in rails or bridges. They scale unmarked ridges, wade or swim across rivers, climb waterfalls, rappel down cliffs, and rarely return home before dark.

The winner of the Best Snow Sports Film award is ‘Ô’Parizad’, an adventure combining skiing and mountaineering with four skiers pursuing their goal of returning in the footsteps of their skiing pioneer ancestors to ski an 8000m giant Himalayan – Gasherbrum II.

The winner of the Hiddleston/MacQueen award for best film made in New Zealand is ‘Traversing the Night’.

It documents “four New Zealand alpine children” (as they call themselves) as they set off from Arthur’s Pass with dreams of traversing the backbone of the Southern Alps for the next three months until let them reach Fiordland.

Brett says, “Our local audience relishes this annual adventure film festival; what could be better than sitting alongside other outdoor enthusiasts, letting your imagination run wild and planning your next adventure?

The details
What: New Zealand Mountain Film Festival “National Tour”
– When: Tuesday, July 26, 7 p.m.
– Where: Harvest Center Auditorium
– Tickets: $22 for adults, $17.50 for children under 17 and $13.50 for children under 12; available at and overnight at Harvest Center

Herman C. Harkins