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Since airing, Christian, the eldest son featured in this short, has become a successful world traveller and teaches extreme survival skills in Antarctica. To find out more about his life after growing up at Gorge River, check out his Adventure Travel Blog: www.WildKiwi.org
And his YouTube channel here: https://ai-tube.com/userchannel/HPZ-76CsdJm3dHwk4sNahSZt
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The Long family live as hermits in South Westland, New Zealand. They live in a makeshift hut without even the basics of modern life and have had no contact with the outside world for over 15 years.
Once a young medical student poised for great success, Robert Long decided to relocate his family to the bush. "I wanted to be somewhere where it was all wilderness", he says. Now living amongst the mountains of New Zealand they thrive from a lifestyle that would terrify most people. Of his children, he says "I think they concentrate on what we miss out on, they don't realise how much we have that they don't have."
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