Private Project

Tararua S-K

Join the adventure-loving community as they push their limits and embark on the ultimate physical and mental challenge – the S-K. Experience the thrill of rewriting history as they tackle the Tararua range, proving that everyday life doesn’t have to be safe and mundane. From the courageous trailblazers Dave Capper and Bruce Jeffries to the current trailblazers carrying on their legacy, be inspired by their determination and grit. Witness their incredible journey in this heart-pumping film, and get ready to be motivated to take on your own challenge.

  • Hans Weston
  • Tim Sutton
    Key Cast
  • Joe Murphy
    Key Cast
  • Sir Graeme Dingle
    Key Cast
  • Dave Capper
    Key Cast
  • Jean Beaumont
    Key Cast
  • Chris Martin
    Key Cast
  • Gary Goldsworthy
    Key Cast
  • Olivia Lawrence
    Key Cast
  • Andy Carruthers
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Mountain Running, Hiking
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New Zealand Mountain Film Festival
    New Zealand
    June 25, 2023
    New Zealand Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tararua S-K Premiere
    New Zealand
    June 28, 2023
    Wellington Premiere
    Not Applicable
Director Biography - Andy Carruthers

I’m an adventurer, hiker, backcountry runner, film-maker, and regular contributor to the Wilderlife blog and author of the blog, Great Walk Adventures.

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Director Statement

I love being above the bush line with the wind in my face and views for miles. Many years ago I attended my first mountain film festival and dreamt about making a film that inspired people to go on adventures.

Last year I attended the NZ Mountain Film Adventure film school and produced Tararua S-K which was selected for this year's festival.

The Tararua S-K, or Schorman- Kaitoki, is a tramping route in the Tararua Range with a distance of approximately 80km and with 6800m of elevation gain. Conceived as a weekend challenge in the 1960’s by the four main tramping clubs in Wellington as to who could do it in a single weekend, the desire for people to travel faster and lighter has only grown in the preceding 60 years.