Return to Dillon Cone

Back in 2017, a team strapped mountain bikes to packrafts in an attempt to access an unridden peak accessible only by river. Their mission? To explore the boundaries of bikerafting and freeride at Dillon Cone.

Mid-way through the trip, the team realised that their route had become impassable as a result of the Kaikoura Earthquake.  They had to turn back.

Five years on, the Dillon Cone dream remained alive, and so Damian Stone, Deane Parker and Sam (Muel) Jones (three of the original five) included Rose Green, bikerafting convert, set off to negotiate the jagged gorge of the Clarence River (Waiau-toa awa) by packraft.

“It’s a big privilege to be part of this dream”


Damian Stones

Deane Parker

Rose Green

Sam (Muel) Jones

Dylan Gerschwitz


Dylan Gerschwitz

Deane Parker

Addtional Footage (2017)

Simon Waterhouse 

Post Production

Dylan Gerschwitz 

Deane Parker 

Special Thanks

Resonate Productions 

This film would not be possible without support from

Trackme NZ 

Alpacka Raft 


Epic Coffee 

Lumix NZ 

Ground Effect Cycle Clothing 

Rab NZ 

Real Meals 

Goat Cycles 

Packrafting Queenstown 

MD Outdoors 

Cyclewerks NZ