The Glenorchy Museum and Heritage Group in partnership with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision present two evenings of adventure tourism historical films on 4 August (Queenstown Events Centre, 7pm) and 6 August (Glenorchy Hall, 7pm).
A compilation of rare amateur films as old as 1905 combined with newsreel, advertising and documentary clips have been matched with archival sound tracks from the Ngā Taonga collection. The earliest film on the programme, Coasts of New Zealand, is beautifully colour stencilled, and it shows how tourists travelled around New Zealand in the early years of last century where adventuresome women in long dresses wielded icepicks while mountain climbing. A wide collection of films set in Queenstown range from images as early as 1905 through the 1920s and 1940s right up to the Glenorchy Race Day flood of 1994.
Tickets are $20 at the door and are a fundraiser for the Glenorchy Museum and Heritage Centre, which is being developed to tell the stories and history of life at the Head of the Lake.