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Adventure Tourism


Thu 4 Aug 2016, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Queenstown Events Centre, Joe O'Connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Adventure, tourism and Queenstown scenes from 1910-1994 feature in this special film programme presented in association with the Glenorchy Heritage & Museum Group. The compilation features amateur films, newsreels, advertisements and documentary footage, alongside soundtracks of archival audio from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's collection.

Highlights include:
- "Coasts of New Zealand" (1910), a beautiful hand-stencilled colour film showing how tourists travelled around New Zealand in the early years of last century – by boat, horse and trap and on foot through bush walks.

- A glimpse of Queenstown in 1926, with children swimming at Lake Wakatipu and passengers disembarking from the Earnslaw.

- "Sculling and Steamer on Lake Wakatipu," made sometime between 1905-1916. Sculling races are watched by a crowd of spectators. People arrive by train and stream past the camera to board the Earnslaw at Kingston wharf. This film comes courtesy of Picton Seaport Trust.

- Scenes at The Hermitage, "New Zealand's best tourist hotel," during the 1920s.

- A 1940s tramping party "tarries awhile" in Queenstown when their car breaks down and "thence to Glenorchy."

- "Cars to Carrington," made by Tainui Robins from the Canterbury mountaineering club between 1938 -1940: "In my youth we took three cars up the Waimakariri, from the Bealey hotel up to Carrington hut - 12 miles straight up the river bed. No road, no track, nothing."

- "Heartland - Glenorchy A Wet Day in Paradise" (1994). Intrepid local Rosie Grant rides on a speed boat and two climbers talk of Glenorchy’s attractions.