When travelling, one can become obsessed with documenting everything. Get the perfect selfie, the best caption, the most likes. How do you overcome the pressure to constantly market yourself, and capture a moment with your memory rather than a camera?
Deep into the Jurassic landscapes of Doubtful Sound, the answer becomes pretty darn clear.
Waking up early enough to see the Orion’s Belt and the Southern Cross in the same sky, I jump onto a Real Journey’s tour, and instantly warm to my driver Bruce.
“It’s real simple today folks.” He tells us, “You get on a bus. Then a boat. Then a bus. Then a boat, and voila! You’re at the Sound.”
Two hours’ drive and a majestic dawn later, we arrive at Manapouri Lake. Bruce drops off the newspapers at the local newsagent – “That’s my community service done for the day.” – and we jump aboard our first boat.
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By Rosie What