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Tararua S-K Press Release

Introducing “Tararua S-K: 60 Years in the Making” – A Captivating Cinematic Journey Through The Tararua Range

Wellington June 29 – Andy Carruthers and Hans Weston are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated release of “Tararua S-K: 60 Years in the Making,” a mesmerising documentary film that unveils the remarkable story behind the iconic Tararua S-K Route. This long-awaited story takes audiences on a captivating journey through time, celebrating six decades of triumph, perseverance, and the unyielding spirit of human adventure.

Directed by filmmaker Andy Carruthers, “Tararua S-K: 60 Years in the Making” is a testament to the enduring legacy of one of the most challenging and exhilarating mountain traverses. With breathtaking cinematography, intimate interviews, and a captivating narrative, this film provides an immersive experience that transports viewers to the heart of the rugged Tararua Ranges, located in the lower North Island of New Zealand.

The film traces the origins of the Tararua S-K Weekend Challenge, which was first completed in 1963 by Dave Capper and Bruce Jeffries and has since become a test of endurance and personal achievement. Through a compelling combination of archival footage and contemporary interviews, “Tararua S-K: 60 Years in the Making” chronicles the challenge evolution, capturing the indomitable spirit of the adventurers who dared to tackle this formidable challenge.

“Tararua S-K: 60 Years in the Making” showcases the remarkable stories of past successes, including legends of the route who defied the odds and pushed the boundaries of human potential. From gruelling and wild terrain, the film captures the raw emotions, triumphs, and setbacks experienced by participants throughout the route’s history.

In addition to honouring the adventurers, the documentary explores the deep connection between the Tararua Ranges and the adventure community, delving into the culture and significance of this majestic landscape. The film emphasises the spirit of adventure through breathtaking aerial shots and vivid imagery.

“Tararua S-K: 60 Years in the Making” is an extraordinary tribute to the dedication and passion of those who have made this route a legendary challenge in tramping and mountain running. It serves as a source of inspiration, encouraging viewers to embrace their own personal challenges and push beyond their limits.

We invite audiences to join them on this cinematic odyssey, as “Tararua S-K: 60 Years in the Making” will be released online on June 29th 2023. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Tararua Ranges, the fierce determination of the adventurers, and the profound impact of this remarkable challenge.

Tim Sutton, Joe Murphy, Andy Carruthers, Megan Sety, Dave Capper, Sir Graeme Dingle KNZM, MBE, Gary Goldsworthy, Jean Beaumont, Chris Martin, Olivia Lawrence, Chris Swallow, Colin Rolfe

“The Tararua range is a priceless asset to Aotearoa and the film ‘Tararua S-K 60 years in the making’ captures it perfectly. As for the people who run the length of the range, there is a touch of Forrest Gump in all of us. Barking!” Sir Graeme Dingle, KNZM MBE

Tararua S-K was selected and premiered at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival in Wanaka June 25th to a sell-out audience and screened last night June 28th to sell out audience at the Penthouse Theatre where it raised funds for the Dingle Foundation.

For further information, visit or contact Andy Carruthers at or +64212446051

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