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MOTUEKA - OAMARU IN FOUR DAYS 1/2: MY FIRST TIME HITCHHIKING SOLO

MOTUEKA - OAMARU IN FOUR DAYS 1/2: MY FIRST TIME HITCHHIKING SOLO

It’s a sunny Sunday and after hiking the Abel Tasman Track, I’m leaving Motueka in the North-West of the South Island to get to Greymouth, further south, hitchhiking. Why Greymouth? Well, as I was taking a short break from my road trip in Nelson, I decided to do some HelpX work (volunteering work) in Oamaru during the Victorian Heritage Festival. This year, the festival will be about Alice in Wonderland. After looking up a bit into it at the I-Site and discovering that you can also see some penguins in Oamaru, I was settled to go.
However, Oamaru is on the other side of the island, and I had to figure out a way to get there on time for the festival. I found out there’s a renowned scenic train, the TranzAlpine Train going from Greymouth on the West Coast to Christchurch on the East Coast. From Christchurch, Oamaru is still about 250 km away, so this journey is going to be quite a long ride. Anyways, I need to get to Greymouth first, and I decided to hitch a ride…
All alone this time.

NORTHLAND ROADTRIP #2: THE GLOW WORMS DAY

NORTHLAND ROADTRIP #2: THE GLOW WORMS DAY

And we go there. We actually go down there. At this very moment, I switch on the automatic pilot button. I’m following Anais. I put one foot in front of the other. I put my hands on muddy rocks. I slide on my ass. I twist myself in unlikely poses. I move forward. Step by step. Baby steps. Slowly, but surely. We get deeper and deeper into the dark cave. And after some time, we have our feet into the water. It’s cold, it’s dark, but it doesn’t matter.