Living Off the Grid in Paradise

Duration: 3 minutes and 42 seconds
Published: February 02, 2017
Definition: HD
Views: 1.29 million
Channel: Great Big Story
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Warrick Mitchell lives deep in one of the world's most remote locations: Fiordland, New Zealand. His home in the country’s oldest national park is nestled in a vast wildness accessible only by boat or airplane, a four day's walk from the nearest road. Life in isolation can be hard, but surrounded by breathtaking, pristine natural beauty, plentiful wildlife and a small but tight-knit community that is always willing to lend a hand, Mitchell would have it no other way.

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