A weekend hitching and out of tekpao, exciting!!

Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
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Trip End Jun 10, 2010


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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, March 21, 2010

Yes ok nan and gramps please dont panic, evrything is ok!!!

i spent a weekend hitchhiking, but evrything went fine, and yes ive heard th ebad stuff that can hapen and why you shoudlnt hitch, but New Zealand is one of the only countries in the world you can hitch hike, though there has been issues, and apparently sweden girls have been  the unlucky ones :(

i hitched wuith a friend from work yesterday called Mette, she said she was goin to Queenstown so i fancied letting my hair down, why not!

first leg of journey was 45mins down the road to Twizel, the nearest town, we managed to walk for half an hour and get in a campervan by an old couple, the campervan was their homw it was huge!!


then twizel walked for an hour,. and mamaged to get a ride with a guy called Brent, who has a daughter our age and said he picks up travellers cos he wouldnt want to imagine his own daughter out on her own on the street

Mette fel asleep int he back whilst i did all the talking all the way to queenstown
I learnt quite a lot from Brent, he is a kiwi so know the country more than others.
He was a egineer living in Twizel, but currently building a house, so hasnt worked for a while,
he lives on a housebopat, built it in Christchurch, and came and put it on the lake.
He was born in the south island, but has lived in Cairns part of his life

he lives with his wife, and both love to boat, and thats what his aim was for going to Queenstown, to boat!

he had an awesome 1960's , (james bond look a like boat on the back)
he describved the NZ scenery and that Tekapo is part of Mackenzie country which is the most desertlike climate around NZ, i was wondering why the grass was brown around here

he was shocked to hear that dairy farms are moving in, so much land around Tekapo, but little rain compared to South of Queenstown, i.e invercargill, where no money is needed to be spent on water and pasture because it falls naturallly
but the farmers are prepared to pay to pay thousands of dollars to make sure dairy farming moves in
apparenty brent said there has been no money in lamb farming for a few years, and dairy has moved forward

I also elarnt more about hydro electric power, many lakes have been in NZ, as mentioned before, and twizel is one of those towns that was meant to shut down due to a lake beiong formed, instead it expanded, twizel doesnt rely on tourism, mainly kiwis live in twizel

Brent also mentionmed how in NZ you dont need any confirmation or permits to put your own boat on a lake anywhere!!!!!! how amazing is that!! in the UK or USA i can not imagine that at al! the amount of permeti sand money in the UK to have a boat anywehre os crazy!!
there you go boat fans come live in the south island in NZ

    Brent described his houseboat, and it soudns magical, it costs $400 a year to keep it where it is, and thats just for the famrer rents!!

had an enjoyable journey hitching and felt safe the whole way!!

spent yesterday on Queenstown venturing to the shops, mette bought a camera

also finding a hostel, it was fun looking for a hostle with just a little rucksack.
didnt stay at the same one as Mette because fully booked out, Queenstown is so toursity and i forgot how expenmsive it was!!

$27 for one night!!

but had some cool roomates, 3 americans and a scottish guy, cool to hear their travel stories

went to fergburger, which is one of the best places to eat in the whole of Queenstown, truthfully!! the biggest burger i have ever eaten, it filled mer up for the rest of the day

today spent time getting necessary items from the supermarket, some food, and toilitries all run out
then walked an hour out of queenstown to try and hitch back

Brent did give me his number yesterday as he said he wa heading back today, i was pretty lucky and i said i would really appreciate it as i was hitching back on my own
felt nervous about hitching, but first leg was with an old couple in another campervan, they werre goin 40mins down the road to Cromwell
i felt like the guy from 'Into the wild' it was a great experience, they were from the north island, Taranaki, and they offered me drink, which i gladly apreciated it was hot, and i walked an hour out of queenstown


then fortunately Brent got in contact, phew, i thoguht he would not ring back, i tried ringing all day to work out when he was coming back north to Tekappo
got dropped in Cromwell and waited on the side of the road

i got offered a phew lifts to Dunedin, complete wrong way

then brent pulled up and 2nd journey back
just talked about his weekend boating, apparently he said it was a blast
also talking about the ski season, apparently everrywhere is covered in snow!! sometimes so bad that areas like Tekapo have no acesss to anywhere else for up to 2 weeks!! thats crazy!!!
no salt put on roads like in UK, lindas pass on the way to Queenstown, and Burkes pass on the way to Timaru aare awful to drive through,
though skiing is quite good for NZ, it can run from June to October for a good snowfall

then farewell to Brent, i was so gratfeul for the lift back,and he was happy to have someone to talk to

then final leg, this about 7 in the evening, i am so tired at this point because went out into queenstown with mette's friends

but after 20mins i caught a ride with an irish and two ozzies who all worked in Queenstown, all  heading to christchurch to fly to India for a charity event, tuk tuk driving 3000kms across India how cool is that!!

they saw me walking with my yellow rucksack out of queenstown, i will be honest i did see no one walking
i dont see many people walk anywhere, all kiwis drive
i just found it funny that it was shown that i was a backpacker with no car cos they saw me walking
overall a wicked weekend
i found hitch hiking the best part!!
i know it can go wrong! im careful

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