Friday Photo: Best Looking Hitchhiking Backpackers

These are the best looking hitchhiking backpackers we’ve seen! We were driving north in the North Island of New Zealand, entering the Waipoua Forest that houses some of the largest Kauri tree in the world, when the first time we saw this couple of interesting looking backpackers hitchhiking for a ride to the north. Ryan and I were thinking of giving them a ride, but we were too late. The car in front of us got them.

We drove along the road inside the forest, made several stops to visit the few largest trees. Tane Mahuta, estimated to be 1250 to 2500 years old, is almost 14 meters in circumference, while Te Matua Ngahere, over 2000 years old, is shorter than the first one, but the circumference is reaching almost 16.5 meters! As we walked back to our car, we saw…… the cool hitchhiking backpackers!

Perhaps their clothing style attracted my attention first. But seeing them closer, the girl had a cute big sign saying NORTH in it and a big smile across her face. The guy juggling 3 balls, also with a big smile. We chatted with them a little bit and took this picture. We can’t remember their name, but the guy was from Germany, while the girl is from Switzerland. If any of you guys happen to know these backpackers, tell them about this post. We owe them a thank-you for this great photo!

Unfortunately we were not able to take them as we were heading south, but they stuck in our minds as some very photogenic backpackers.

What’s your experience with hitchhiking? Have you ever hitchhiked? Do you usually take hitchhikers that you meet along the way? Share with us!

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16 Responses to “Friday Photo: Best Looking Hitchhiking Backpackers”

  1. Eli
    16 May 2010 at 3:42 am #

    I used to never pick up hitchhikers. I was brought up under the impression that hitchhikers were dangerous and were a bunch of serial killers. I was on a road trip with my friend about five years ago, and we broke down about fifty miles out of the nearest town. It was very late at night. We hitched into town, and hitched back to the car the next day with a can of fix-a-flat. It was a great experience, looking back, though at the time it was a bit of a headache. Ever since then I’ve picked up a few hitchers, not all of them, but I just go with a gut feeling on whether or not they seem trustworthy.

    I can say taht I support hitching, and I support picking up hitchers. Karma is awesome.
    .-= Eli´s last blog ..Weekend Update – 5/15/10 =-.

    • Dina
      16 May 2010 at 9:23 pm #

      Wow! It must’ve been tough otherwise to get back to the town! How easy was that to get a car willing to take you guys?
      I have to admit I’m hesitant with the idea picking up strangers from the road. And there’s only a short amount of time to decide before you pass them. This was the only time we actually thinking about taking them with us (talking about the guys in the photo).

      When you hitchhike/pick up hitchhikers, do you guys chat to each other inside the car?

      • Eli
        17 May 2010 at 4:26 pm #

        Everytime I’ve been picked up or picked up someone else, they were always very nice and we had a little bit of conversation on the way to the destination. It’s a good way to meet people, but I guess that danger element is always there.
        .-= Eli´s last blog ..Weekend Update – 05/15/10 =-.

        • Dina
          1 June 2010 at 9:10 am #

          A lot of hitchhikers here in NZ, we wish to be able to pick them up, but with a campervan, there are only 2 seats, we can’t take them!

  2. Travel With a Mate
    16 May 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    Some interesting looking dudes there. Hitch hiking is a bit of a risk but hey so is sharing a dorm with people you don’t know. Life is all about jumping in the deep end and meeting strangers. 99% of the people in the world are decent human beings. Don’t let the 1% ruin the fun for the rest of us :)
    .-= Travel With a Mate´s last blog ..10 Things to do in Seoul on a Budget =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 2:46 am #

      Good way to see it, Matt!

  3. Mary R
    17 May 2010 at 12:05 am #

    I used to hitchhike when I lived in Namibia and actually got pretty good at it, if there is such a thing. Now that I’m older, I’m amazed that I was so gung-ho. I’m not sure that I would do it now,but I do have so many great memories of interesting people I met along the way.
    .-= Mary R´s last blog ..Mt Rainier =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 2:50 am #

      Wow Mary, that’s really cool :D Were you usually hitchhike alone or in group? Were you selective in choosing the ride, or whoever stopped was fine? I’m still so not used to with the idea!

  4. Matt
    17 May 2010 at 3:27 am #

    It’s an excellent way to get around New Zealand. I’ve been shocked how few hitch hikers I’ve seen on New Zealand roads – not because they don’t exist, but because they get picked up so quickly.

    Now that I’m campervanless, I intend on doing a bit more hitchhiking to get around. I had to get back into Queenstown just last week from the airport. Instead of paying for my bus, I stuck out my thumb and was picked up within 60 seconds.
    .-= Matt´s last blog ..Friday Travel Photo: Istanbul Sunset =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 10:33 am #

      Wow, that’s interesting. Maybe if I want to learn how to be a hitchhiker, New Zealand is a great place to start :D
      Are you in new Zealand right now? Seems like next week my husband and I will go there.

  5. Bernard Pollack
    17 May 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    great photo! haven’t yet tried hitching in africa yet, but in Southern Africa I bet it is relatively safe and in rural parts of Eastern Africa. Best, Bernie and Dani (aka BorderJumpers)

    • Dina
      1 June 2010 at 9:12 am #

      Hi Bernie and Dani! Yea, we haven’t tried that yet either! Never thought of doing it until we reached NZ, and never considered picking them up either before. I guess… we are still afraid with the stranger aspect of it. But let us know if you try!

  6. JR@TheDriftersBlog
    1 June 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Your title made me laugh! I used to be hesitant also about hitchhikers…and then on my move to Hawaii I went cross country from east to west and my car blew up in Texas. I must have looked pretty pitiful sitting in the diner with all my luggage after pawning off what remained of my car because a mom and her daughter on a family trip to the Grand Canyon took me with them and we had a family trip together! They took me as far as Bakersfield and bought me a train ticket to San Fran. Ever since then, I’ve always tried to help out (the safe looking) hitchhikers whenever I could.
    .-= JR@TheDriftersBlog´s last blog ..3 Tips for a More Comfortable Flight =-.

    • Dina
      1 June 2010 at 9:28 am #

      Hahahha :D Family trip! That’s really nice of them! Was your car totally wrecked? Did you come back to rescue it?
      Hitchhikers here in NZ look friendly, unfortunately right now I’m using campervan with Ryan, and there are only 2 seats, can’t take anybody with us. But yeah, I will consider the safe looking one in the future.

  7. Adam - Tropical Nomad
    1 July 2013 at 4:06 am #

    I passed a guy the other day who was hitchhiking from Queenstown and he had a big sign which said ‘Free Weed’..

    I was in a work vehicle so I got the driver to go back so I could get a picture.. By the time we had drove back 5 minutes later the cops had pulled up and were taking the hitchhiker away for a search!
    Adam – Tropical Nomad´s last post…3 Things Australia Embraced For The Irish

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