Hitchhiking Stories

Here I am. The South Island circle that i started 2 and half months ago is complete.

I hitch-hiked up the whole West Coast within only 3 days!! Beautiful very green landscapes along the ocean. I left Franz Joseph Glacier this morning and broke the distance record today thanks to a “super ride” from Greymouth to Blenheim, last stop before catching the Ferry tomorrow morning.
Great Hitch hiking experiences again, here are a few stories:
– A 50 years old gay American telling me how  much he is enjoying the simplicity and sincerity of kiwi people, their laid back state of mind, always very helpful and tolerant; in opposition to the American society. He asked for permanent residency in New Zealand, and wants to spend his old days here
-A dread-locked Kiwi explaining me that it can be raining hard in Queenstown, and sunny 30 km away on the same time. Once again, you never know what to expect her: Driving a few curves and you discover a totally different weather and/or landscape
-A retired Helicopter pilot from the British army that is spending 6 months a year in NZ. He owns 2 helicopters and is free to fly around anywhere at any time, and land on any (amazing) spot he wants. I wished he offered me a free Heli-ride
– A DOC (Department of Conservation) fire rescue officer -in a fire truck, the coolest ride i had so far-  A real nature lover. He told me a lot about the region but also about his longest solo tramping: over 7 weeks!!, carrying 60kg material but only one week food. He had to go hunting, fishing, catching, picking to get some something to eat. A real”Man Vs Wild”. My “little” 7 days tramping seemed to be a afternoon walk for oldies in comparison.
– 3 Kiwi young guys on the way back from one week hunting. With helicopter ride in the middle of nowhere and shit. Really tough guys drinking lots of beers on the way. Even the driver and even if one them was a cop.
– A group of 4 Chinese tourists. I didn’t expect them to give me a ride. Very funny experience, they were singing Chinese songs, taught me how to solve a Rubiks cube and of course they were stopping at every nice spot to take some pictures.
I also met a French hitch-hiker and a very nice German couple that gave us a ride to a great campsite next to the beach. Full moon and huge waves. Magic.

7 thoughts on “Hitchhiking Stories

  1. Coucou Sören – c’est quoi comme drôle d’animal sur le panneau ?
    Tu as l’air de toujours bien t’éclater sur les routes de la Nouvelle Zélande, on souhaite que tu seras de retour pour notre fête familiale début août ? !.
    Bises de maman et Elio

    • Coucou! Le panneau répresente un Kiwi, l’oiseau typique néo-zélandais (qui leur vaut même leur surnom). Très populaire mais en voie de disparition.
      Oui! Je serais de la partie en Aout, je serais certainement deja rentré en Juin. Bisous et bon voyage à vous 2!

      • hello sören!! je t’écris pour savoir si tu aurais une adresse mai la laquelle je pourrais te contacter? en fait, je projete de faire un peu le meme périple que toi, avec le visa working holiday, et du coup jaurais des ptites questions (pratiques) et si tu avais des ptits plans a me filer… jai dévoré ton blog, et apres mon ptit trip (surtt ile du sud) en février qui m’avait motivé a revenir dans le pays du grand nuage blanc, ca donne vraiment envie!! merci pour les récits de tes expériences la bas et pour les photos magnifiques!!
        Clélia

  2. Ciao Zeuz,
    Enfin quelques mots de la terrible Soeurette que je suis!
    Je suis très fière de toi, de te voir dans de si belles aventures, car aventures “au pluriel” il y a, et cela toujours bien accompagné bien sûr!
    Ca sent le fun et le bonheur, a nous d’y goûter jour pour jour et de rêver un peu parfois beaucoup!!!

    C’est avec pleins de bonnes pensées que Francesco et moi te souhaitons un joyeux anniversaire, unique et inoubliable j’en suis sûr!

    Souhaiter te voir bientôt semble être un souhait décalé par rapport au bonheur que tu es en train de vivre et pourtant on a tellement envie de pouvoir partager un beau moment avec toi.

    Con tanti Bacioni,
    Tua sorella che ti vuole bene

    Je t’attend pour faire du snowboard!!😉 Il faut passer aux choses sérieuses maintenant…
    Francesco

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