I’ve travelled over 200,000kms in the last 3 years, London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, I can tick them off my list.
However where is my favourite place in the world?
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Yes that’s right, right in my own backyard – practically.
There’s been times I’ve needed to switch off, from technology, life and even civilisation (sort of) just to see how it is to really live.
This place has done it for me.
Yes, there is the village and yes there is a few people residing there, however – being here really shows you how isolated New Zealand truly can be.
Just some examples of how isolated you are from the real world:
- No cellphone reception – so you can ditch your cellphones, and that’s right no social media!
- The closest bank is in Twizel, 42km away.
- Also – the closest supermarket is in Twizel as well, so if you plan to visit, bring in your own food and cash as the options are limited in the village.
- If it’s quiet enough (which it usually is) you can hear the wind coming off the mountains or the avalanches on the mountains.
However – surprisingly despite the isolation, approximately 250,000 visitors head to Mt Cook Village each year, and yes there is a few accommodation options in the area ranging from hotels to chalets to hostels and even camping.
I was lucky enough to spend a few nights there at the YHA Mt Cook in July 2014 and it was truly special.
I managed to trek on the Kea Point and Hooker Valley tracks whilst I was there, I wasn’t able to finish at Kea Point due to the light (in July the light fades at approximately 4:00pm) but managed the second swing bridge on the Hooker Valley track, which was awesome considering 12 months prior I had been recovering from a broken back.
There’s some times that civilisation gives you what you need and what you want. But there’s other times you need to really live to find your purpose.