2017 Festival Timetable

2017 Festival Timetable

Here is our 2017 Programme and you can also buy tickets via the links below.

You can download a PDF of the programme here or get one from Paper Plus in Wanaka, or The North Face store in Queenstown.

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  • Friday Night, June 30, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

    Opening Night   Session 1   

    PRICE: SOLD OUT SORRY
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

    Live music, art exhibition and trade show opens, with official welcome by Festival Director Mark Sedon. Presentation of the film competition awards followed by a medley of short films, including the Best Short Film. A popular and social evening!

  • Saturday, July 1, 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Mountain Culture Show   Session 2   

    PRICE: $17 (online), $20 (at the door), youth discount $5
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Enjoy stories of discovery, resilience and human spirit, including meeting an undiscovered tribe and getting a glimpse of Nepal’s earthquake and recovery. Catch the Best Film on Mountain Culture, in which indigenous children transform traditional trails into world-class mountain bike … Continued

  • Saturday, July 1, 4:00pm to 6:30pm

    Pure NZ   Session 3   

    PRICE: SOLD OUT - See Waiau-toa Odyssey & The Mannering in Queenstown or Cromwell
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

    SOLD OUT – But you can see Waiau-toa Odyssey & The Mannering, Harper and Ross Challenge in Queenstown in Session Q5 on Saturday July 8 at 4:00pm or Cromwell on Wednesday July 5 at 7:30pm. World Premieres with introductions from … Continued

  • Saturday Night, July 1, 7:00pm to 11.15pm

    Premiere Guest Speaker Event – Leo Houlding   Session 4   

    PRICE: SOLD OUT - See Leo on Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm at Edgewater Hotel
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

    A night not to miss! See Leo Houlding, one of the world’s best climbers, speak, followed by the Grand Prize-winning film about an incredible kite ski and kayaking adventure in Greenland. Catch a first ascent attempt in the Himalayas, and … Continued

  • Sunday, July 2, 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Nature and the Environment   Session 5   

    PRICE: $17 (online), $20 (at the door), youth discount $5
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    From Utah to Yellowstone, from India to Alaska, this stunning group of films showcases a project to find drinking water solutions for millions, tells the story of the mighty Ganges, and examines the miraculous migration of elk, as well as … Continued

  • Sunday, July 2, 4.00pm to 6.30pm

    Bike, Surf, Fly & Paddle Show     Session 6   

    PRICE: $17 (online), $20 (at the door), youth discount $5
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Climbing, jumping and nudity – tick. Kayaking, paragliding and surfing – tick. Following your dreams, facing your fears and finding your flow – tick. This action-packed session has it all. Expect to be inspired to do something new, or something … Continued

  • Sunday, July 2, 5:00pm

    Conversations with Leo   Special Event   

    PRICE: $20 (online), $25 (at the door), youth discount $10 - Not included with Film Festival Pass.
    LOCATION: Edgewater Hotel Conference Room, 54 Sargood Drive.

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    Join Leo Houlding in a laid-back conversational interview hosted by a Wanaka climber. Meet one of the world’s leading adventurers and hear about his life and experiences in an intimate and sociable setting. Get the lowdown and inside scoop on … Continued

  • Sunday Night, July 3, 7.30pm to 10.30pm (live music from 7.00pm)

    Premiere Guest Speaker Event – Chris Jensen Burke   Session 7   

    PRICE: $30 (online), $35 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Chris Jensen Burke will speak about her incredible climbing life and recent Nepalese adventure. Then follow a 700km paragliding journey over the Alaskan range, and check out two never-attempted one-day missions: a ski/run of a 77-kilometre route with 9000 metres … Continued

  • Monday, July 3, 3.30pm to 6.30pm

    Adventure Film Matinee     Session 8   

    PRICE: $17 (online), $20 (at the door), youth discount $5
    LOCATION: Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    We take you canoeing on the Yukon, painting in the Arctic, climbing on Baffin Island, and rowing with four mums across the Atlantic. Enjoy this wonderful mix of adventure and discovery, wildlife and wilderness, with films featuring several extremely adventurous … Continued

  • Monday, July 3, 7.30pm to 10.30pm (live music from 7.00pm)

    Snow Show   Session 9   

    PRICE: $25 (online), $30 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    The things people do to ski in new places! Follow skiers as they discover new lines in Greenland, Europe, Chile and Asia; see the first-ever snowboards; watch friends bike, boat, bushwack, and packraft to find mountains to ski; and join … Continued

  • Tuesday, July 4, 3.30pm to 6.30pm

    Adrenaline Matinee   Session 10   

    PRICE: $17 (online), $20 (at the door), youth discount $5
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Be prepared for action! This adrenaline-packed session covers big bike jumps, TGR madness on skis, granite wall climbs and boldly big adventure. See mad men doing mad stunts, missions only maniacs could dream up – all for fun and for … Continued

  • Tuesday July 4, 7.30pm to 10.30pm (live music from 7.00pm)

    Premiere Guest Speaker Event – Penny Webster   Session 11   

    PRICE: $30 (online), $35 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    A mountaineering medley beginning with an inspirational talk from New Zealand climber Penny Webster, followed by a set of films that provide insight into climbing as a passion, lifestyle and obsession. Visit far-off places, witness endurance running in Kyrgyzstan and … Continued

  • Christchurch, Saturday Night, July 8, 7:30pm

    Leo Houlding and selected Films in Christchurch   Christchurch   

    PRICE: $30. Door Sales $35 subject to availability
    LOCATION: Middleton Grange Auditorium, Performing Arts Centre, 27 Arthur Street, Upper Riccarton.

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    Hosted by the CMC Cost: $30 (online, or from Bivouac Tower Junction & The YMCA Adventure Centre). 7:30pm. Speaker Leo Houlding is a world-renowned adventurer, orator, filmmaker and quite possibly the most high-profile speaker we’ve ever invited to NZ. Hear about … Continued

  • Saturday Morning, meeting at TC carpark at 7:30am. Carpooling available.

    Snow Photography   Workshop #1   

    PRICE: Tickets on Sale June 1st. $25, free with Festival Pass if pre-booked
    LOCATION: Treble Cone Ski Area

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    Saturday July 1 at dawn. $25 or free with Film Festival Pass. 2hrs. Improve your winter photography with local award winning photographer Ross Mackay at this hands on workshop. There’s no better place to learn the fine art of snow photography … Continued

  • Saturday 1 July, 2.00pm to 3:00pm

    Techno News   WORKSHOP #2   

    PRICE: FREE- no bookings required.
    LOCATION: Faulks Room, Lake Wanaka Centre

    Learn how photographic equipment has changed in recent years and the benefits of high-quality compact lightweight gear, 4k technology and how this is beneficial to those getting out in the wilderness. Come and see the latest tech available. Brought to you … Continued

  • Sunday 2 July, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

    Environmental Conditioning and the Psychology of Survival   WORKSHOP/TALK #3   

    PRICE: Free with Film Festival Pass or $10 (online), $15 (at the door).
    LOCATION: Faulks Room, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Ben Logan’s workshop will introduce the concept of environmental conditioning and how the human body has evolved to comfortably handle environmental discomfort like never before. Ben teaches a form of training designed to build resilience to harsh environmental conditions and … Continued

  • Sunday, July 2, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

    The Art of Blogging – everything you need to know.   WORKSHOP/TALK #4   

    PRICE: Cost: $10 (online), $15 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Faulks Room, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Professional blogger Liz Carlson will talk on why blogging is for everyone; by sharing stories, lessons and ideas she’s learned over the course of 6 years of travel blogging and visiting 40 countries to help inspire others to do the same. Everyone … Continued

  • Monday, 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Meet in Lake Wanaka Centre foyer

    Bike Tuning   Workshop 5   

    PRICE: $10 (online), $15 (at the door), free with Festival Pass.
    LOCATION: Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Discover how to perform roadside repairs like chain repairs, washing and lubing, brake adjustments, smoothing our gear shifts, simple DIY troubleshooting and safety checks. Brought to you by Racers Edge

  • Monday 3 July, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Speaker Simon Lucas – The Making of Mt Scott, an Antarctic film   WORKSHOP/Talk #6   

    PRICE: $10 (online), $15 (at the door) or Free with Film Festival Pass
    LOCATION: Faulks Room, Lake Wanaka Centre.

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    Simon won the Hiddleston/MacQueen Award in 2016 for his debut film ‘Paddle for the North’, and continues to brilliantly blend his passion for adventure, conservation and filmmaking with his latest project. He will be speaking at this year’s festival about … Continued

  • Monday, July 3, 5:30pm

    Avalanche Safety and Backcountry Touring – Wanaka   WORKSHOP/TALK #7   

    PRICE: FREE - no bookings required.
    LOCATION: Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre .

    Are you heading into the backcountry this winter? Then you don’t want to miss this. Whitney Thurlow and Mike Madden, two very experienced local ski guides will lead discussions ranging from current snow and avalanche conditions in the Wanaka/Queenstown/Southern Lakes … Continued

  • Tuesday 4 July, 5.30pm to 6:30pm.

    Straight from the Heart with Malcolm Law   WORKSHOP/TALK #8   

    PRICE: Free, no bookings required.
    LOCATION: Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre .

    Hear from this exceptional Wanaka local about his experience preparing for and running the High Five-0 Challenge, as well as stories behind the making of his award-winning film ‘FIFTY’. Physically, not everything went to plan, with injury, illness and weather … Continued

  • Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2017

    Adventure Film School     

    PRICE: Adults $195, Youth $150 (not included in Festival Pass)
    LOCATION: Faulks Room, Lake Wanaka Centre, Ardmore St, WANAKA

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    Join our well established two day Adventure Film School. This course has been running since it’s inception in 2010 and is always popular with students gaining expert instruction and hands on experience filming, editing and so much more….. Learn about film making in … Continued

  • Wednesday July 5, 7.30pm to 9.30pm

    Cromwell – Best of the Fest   Cromwell   

    PRICE: $25 online, $30 at the door
    LOCATION: Golden Gate Lodge, 6 Barry Ave, Cromwell

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    Cromwell Programme: Give Me Five – 11 mins, Director: Arnaud Longobardi, France, subtitles. The film is the story behind an attempt at formation flight between a speed-wing and two wingsuits pilots. Waiau-toa Odyssey – 13 mins, Director: Simon Waterhouse, NZ. … Continued

  • Saturday July 1, 10.00am to 11am. 

    Free Family Show 1     

    PRICE: Free, but you must reserve seats via this link
    LOCATION: Edgewater Hotel Conference Room, 54 Sargood Drive.

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    The NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust invites you and your family to the free hour-long showing of films suitable for all ages. Adults can’t come without kids, sorry. Both shows are the same each day, please do not book … Continued

  • Sunday July 2, 10.00am to 11am. 

    Free Family Show 2     

    PRICE: Free, but you must reserve seats via this link
    LOCATION: Edgewater Hotel Conference Room, 54 Sargood Drive.

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    The NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust invites you and your family to the free hour-long showing of films suitable for all ages. Adults can’t come without kids, sorry. Both shows are the same each day, please do not book both … Continued

  • All shows, July 6 to 8

    Queenstown Festival Pass   All Sessions   

    PRICE: $59
    LOCATION: Queenstown Memorial Centre

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    A Queenstown Festival Pass gets you a seat to all the speakers and films in Queenstown July 6 to 8. They are not transferable to another person and you must wear a shower proof armband.

  • Thursday Night, July 6, doors open 7.00pm (live music) and show starts 7.30pm to 11.00pm

    Premiere Guest Speaker Event – Leo Houlding   Queenstown 1   

    PRICE: $35 (online), $40 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Memorial Centre

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    A night not to be missed! Leo Houlding, one of the world’s best climbers. will speak, followed by the Grand Prize winning-film about an incredible kite ski and kayak adventure in Greenland. Catch a first ascent attempt in the Himalayas, … Continued

  • Friday, July 7, 3:30pm to 6:30pm

    Bike, Fly, Ski & Paddle Show     Queenstown 2   

    PRICE: $17 (online), $20 (at the door), youth discount $5
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Memorial Centre

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    Enjoy some of the judge’s favorites films in this lineup. Climbing, jumping and nudity – tick. Kayaking, paragliding and skiing – tick. Or how about packrafting across coastal Canada or kayaking in Kyrgyzstan? This action-packed session is fast-paced from start … Continued

  • Friday, July 7, 5:30pm

    Avalanche Safety and Backcountry Touring – Queenstown   WORKSHOP/TALK #1   

    PRICE: FREE - no bookings required.
    LOCATION: Supper Room, Queenstown Memorial Centre

    Are you heading into the backcountry this winter? Then you don’t want to miss this. Whitney Thurlow and Mike Madden, two very experienced local ski guides will lead discussions ranging from current snow and avalanche conditions in the Wanaka/Queenstown/Southern Lakes … Continued

  • Friday, July 7, 7.30pm to 11.00pm (live music from 7.00pm)

    Snow Show   Queenstown 3   

    PRICE: Cost: $25 (online), $30 (at the door), youth discount $5.00
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Memorial Centre

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    The Snow Show is always a crowd favourite. Beautiful footage of untracked lines, steep and deep pow and far-off snowy lands, plus a little snowboard history and telemark love thrown in for good measure. This session will have you fired … Continued

  • Saturday July 8, 10.00am to 11am. 

    Free Family Show Queenstown     

    PRICE: Free, but you must reserve seats via this link
    LOCATION: Supper Room, Queenstown Memorial Centre

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    The NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust invites you and your family to the free hour-long showing of films suitable for all ages. Adults can’t come without kids, sorry. Films Include: The Road To Rai, 6 mins, Director: Scott Robb, … Continued

  • Saturday Morning, July 8, 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Mountain Culture & the Environment Show   Queenstown 4   

    PRICE: $17 (online), $20 (at the door), youth discount $5
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Memorial Centre

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    The Best Environmental Film takes a close look at death, pollution and tragedy on the mighty Ganges River, while the Best Film on Mountain Culture shows indigenous children transforming traditional trails into world-class mountain bike tracks. Catch a glimpse of … Continued

  • Saturday, July 8, 4:00pm to 6:30pm

    Best of the Fest   Queenstown 5   

    PRICE: $17 (online), $20 (at the door), youth discount $5
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Memorial Centre

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    This collection of films is packed with award winners. Best NZ Film Waiau-toa Odyssey epitomises Kiwi adventure and innovation: 5 mates, 6 days, 300km of bike and packrafting fun. The Best Film on Adventurous Sports and Lifestyles follows a paraglider’s … Continued

  • July 7 to 9

    Wanaka Book Festival Pass     

    PRICE: $39
    LOCATION: Wanaka

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    A non-transferable pass which includes entry to all talks in Wanaka July 7 to 9, but excludes the team quiz night and writing schools.

  • Friday Night, July 7, 7.30pm to 10.00pm (Doors open from 7.00pm)

    Tim Cope – Mountain Book Festival Opening Night   Book Festival 1   

    PRICE: $20 (online), $25 (at the door).
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Opening night of our book festival includes the announcement of the Book Competition winners including the Grand Prize. The evening will feature a panel discussion with our award-winning authors with time for questions, book signings and sales. Later in the … Continued

  • Saturday, July 8, 4.30pm to 5:30pm

    Mt Everest Enthusiast – FICTION vs NON-FICTION   Book Session 2   

    PRICE: $10 (online), $15 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre .

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    Join award-winner Matt Kambic (Everest Rising) and Lydia Bradey (Going Up is Easy) as they distinguish between elements of fiction and nonfiction through a comparative conversation facilitated by chief NZ Mountain Book Festival competition judge Dr Simone Marshall. Come along … Continued

  • Saturday, July 8, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Quiz Time – Test your mountain and adventure knowledge   Book Session 3   

    PRICE: $20 per team, with proceeds going to Wanaka Library
    LOCATION: Cafe Gusto, opposite the Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Get ready to stimulate your brain, laugh and exchange good banter. Gather a team of three or four to answer offbeat questions with the chance to win cool prizes. If you don’t have a team, we’ll try and slot you … Continued

  • Saturday Night, July 8, 7.30pm to 10.00pm (Doors open from 7.00pm)

    Nick Allen & Old Fashion Storytelling   Book Session 4   

    PRICE: $20 (online), $25 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    A festival favourite kicks off the evening, when Old Fashion Storytelling welcomes a motley crew of adventurers to the stage. Featuring well-known local adventurer and Deep Canyon founder Dave Vass, expat Pom, climber and mountain guide Paul Rogers, ski guide … Continued

  • Saturday, July 8, doors open at 7.00pm with live music and show starts at 7.30pm, to 9.45pm

    Tim Cope and Craig Potton – Book Festival Premiere Speakers   Queenstown 6   

    PRICE: $20 (online), $25 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Memorial Centre

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      Craig Potton’s talk, entitled “What might happen when you go to wild places”, is deliberately broad, and so-named to allow him to wander through topics and themes dear to him. Craig is a philosophical character; he is a fierce … Continued

  • Sunday, July 9, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

    High points, hidden gems and slippery slopes with Sarah Bennett and Lee Slater   Book Session 5   

    PRICE: $10 (online), $15 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    Luxury lodges, free lunches, heli-tours … travel writing’s the dream job, right? Meet two travel writers who’ve done the hard yards—under their own steam, surviving on scroggin, with tramping boots and mountain bikes on board and hear where they think … Continued

  • Sunday Night, July 9, 7.30pm to 10.00pm (Doors open from 7.00pm)

    Craig Potton & Words and Wine   Book Session 6   

    PRICE: $20 (online), $25 (at the door)
    LOCATION: Main Auditorium, Lake Wanaka Centre

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    One of our most popular sessions, Words and Wine features authors reading their own adventures stories. Drink in a broad range of topics from bike adventures to ski trips, from Everest to Kazakhstan. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine followed … Continued