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Hitchhiking in Australia and in New Zealand?

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1. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I will be traveling to New Zealand and then to Australia in October and November respectively and was wondering if hitchhiking is a good option to consider for either of the countries? Is it safe? Will it just be a waste of time waiting for rides? Are poeple very hospitable when it comes to giving rides? Would it be safer to try to find another person to join me? Would I be able to get to some of the better destinations in those countries?

thanks so much!

2. Posted by mista2kool (Budding Member 40 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I think hitchhiking is an option for between Sydney and Cairns in Australia. There is basically only 1 road north and south and sooo many people are going either way. I travelled from Brisbane to Cairns and ended up meeting people on a trip to Fraser Island who gave me a lift to Airlie Beach over 2 days and 2 nights and then I met people on my boat in the Whitsundays who drove me to Townsville. I guess that isnt really hitchiking, but I reckon putting out the thumb wouldnt be too much more difficult.

3. Posted by kiwikels (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't recommend it, NZ and Aus are great places full of friendly folk, but just like anywhere we have our bad people too. It's not safe , last year a german tourist was murdered hitch hiking, and about 4/5years ago an old classmate of mine was murdered hitch hiking, to name a few.. Sorry about the gruesome stories, many people have no problems hitching I'm sure! Would just hate anything to happen to you!

4. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I sincerely appreciate your post, your advice will be taken.

thank you

5. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I wanted to mention the same as above (the bad stories) but at the same time tell u about a really cool girl I met, who hithchiked all over the world (incl NZ).

Personally I wouldn't hitchhike anywhere, not even in my homecountry, but that's a personal choice.

I find it amazing that there are people out there, who can do it and haven't got any fears...and u r probably more likely to get killed in a car crash than being murdered when hitchhiking...

The girl I talked before earlier is a very positive and unique person: she didn't have any insurance while travelling (6yrs or so!), never worried about where she's gonna sleep the next day, where she's gonna find work etc. It was such an honour to meet her, but how that happened is another funny story...

I'd say if u have hitchhiked before and it's something u feel comfortable with, why not.. (but as I said: it's not for me!)If I HAD hitchiked (in NZ) before, I'd say u'll be fine...

as I said: u r the one to decide...


6. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for the help, do you happen to have the email of that lady you talked to that hitch hiked a lot - sounds interesting and worth asking some questions.