A life on Gorge River: New Zealand’s remotest family – New Zealand e-book month

Robert Long and his family – wife Catherine, and children Christan (17) and Robyn (14) – live in complete isolation, in a hut two days’ walk south of Haast in South Westland. Robert has lived there for nearly 30 years; Catherine for 20 and the kids all their lives. Their only contact with the outside world is a helicopter or plane once a month, and two trips a year to the ‘outside world’.

This is the story of how and why Robert – known locally as ‘Beansprout’ – came to live at Gorge River, and the family’s experiences there over the years, living self-sufficiently and forging close bonds with the natural environment. It is an inspiring tale of one man’s decision to ‘drop out’ of capitalist society and successfully establish a lifestyle most New Zealanders can’t even imagine, harking back to the days of the earliest pioneers.

You can read A life on Gorge River as an e-book from our Overdrive collection.

A life on Gorge River is also available as a paper book

2 thoughts on “A life on Gorge River: New Zealand’s remotest family – New Zealand e-book month

  1. Roy 5 March 2013 / 10:23 am

    It’s an interesting read. Shows that there’s a space for everyone in NZ.

  2. linda blackwell 5 March 2013 / 3:27 pm

    they were on country calendar,it was very interesting to see how they lived.Great family and very talented,good on them

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