I Made It

My flight landed at about 1am, I figured it was a good time to start hitchiking. I made it to the outskirts of Christchurch at about 2:30am, I needed a ride. It’s 6 degrees, I’m wearing almost every piece of clothing I own and I’m still freezing cold. I really needed a ride. I watched the sun rise about seven thirty.

New Zealand Christchurch Hitching Sun Rise

I really, really, really needed a ride. I got a ride at 8:30am, I only waited 6 hours, not too bad.

I forget the guy’s name who picked me up, but we had a great chat about all sorts of things. He took me a slightly different route towards Nelson. Instead of going straight up the coast we turned left and headed cross country over Lewis Pass.

New Zealand Christchurch Hitching Snowy Pass

Then the snow started. I wasn’t looking forward to getting out of the nice warm car and back into the cold, cold, cold New Zealand weather… 🙁 By the time we got to Springs Junction, where we parted company, the weather had cleared up a bit.

New Zealand Christchurch Hitching Springs Junction

Initially I was pleased, only another 214Kms to go…

New Zealand Christchurch Hitching 214K to Nelson

The the rain started again, lightly at first… After an hour and a half standing in the pouring rain, I’d had enough. Drivers kept waving at me, by the end I was screaming “Do you see the rain? This is not fun. Give me a lift…” but it was no use. I retreated to the cafe on the corner and ran into Rhianna who was going to Nelson. Score, I had my final lift.

A few hours later I was ready to go to bed. My first hitch hike, 425Kms in a total of about 16 hours. Where are we going tomorrow? 🙂

3 thoughts on “I Made It”

  1. Woah…sounds awesome dude – what a cool country to hitchhike in: you speak the same language, long distances, nice countryside…pity about the weather!

    Top tip for next time – better during the day i’m thinking!!!!

  2. funny it’s snowing in new zealand this time of the year…but i heard there was some snow in westwood(LA.) the other week too :>

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