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.