So apparently hitch-hiking is safe and sometimes encouraged in New Zealand! A few days ago Hanne and I wanted to go to the beach and it was about a 50 minute walk from our hostel. We asked how we should get there and the hostel said to either walk or hitch-hike. Hitch-hike? Really? I couldn’t believe they were telling 2 girls to do this. I had heard before that it was safe to do it in New Zealand but I didn’t have the courage to do it.
So Hanne and I walked to the beach and it was long! The beaches in New Zealand take some work to get to. Most of the beaches you can’t drive to. You go to a certain point and then you have to hike for 10, 20 sometimes even 40 minutes on a trail or “through the bush” as they would say. We arrived to the beach and it was empty! We almost had the whole thing to ourselves. It’s amazing to me that there are all these empty beaches in the middle of summer in New Zealand. There just aren’t enough people here to fill them.
On the way back we were pretty tired and both had blisters on our feet; that will teach me to walk 50 minutes in my flip-flops. Should we really try this whole hitch-hike thing? It was on both of our bucket-lists, it was in the middle of the day, we were together and it would probably be less than 10 minutes. Should we do it? We pondered it for the first 10 minutes of walking and then decided to go for it! Less than 45 seconds later we were in someone’s car- it’s really that easy! As soon as we put our thumbs out a car pulled over, we were shocked. We got in and it was a dad with his two daughters around the age of 7 and 9. They were just returning from the beach. We told him where we were going and on our way he asked where we were from and told us all the cool things to see and do in New Zealand. About 8 minutes later we were back in our hostel. If my mother is reading this I’m sure you are freaked out but I”m telling you it was safe and I would never do it alone so don’t worry!