NZ’s hottest hitchhikers due in Queenstown

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Some of New Zealand’s hottest women will be hitching rides out of Queenstown next week.
 
Danielle Hayes, New Zealand’s Next Top Model 2010, and reigning Miss World NZ Mianette Broekman are teaming up for the $10 Queenstown Challenge. 

Two other stunners are also teaming up – TV/film actress Miriama Smith and presenter Jo Holley, a regular Queenstown Winter Festival host. 

Sixteen teams of two leave Queenstown on Wednesday for the annual fun challenge in which competitors have three days to reach Auckland with only $10 between them. 

Teams also have to raise $7100 each for the Cure Kids charity, which funds research into children’s life-threatening illnesses. 

South African-raised Broekman, 22, who represents NZ at the Miss World contest in London in November, will be making her first visit to Queenstown – Cure Kids is also her Miss World charity.
 
Broekman chose Hayes, 20, as her teammate after they met during a Christchurch quake fundraiser.
“I think we’re a great team – we’re both very competitive.” 

Broekman says they’ll happily use their feminine wiles to cadge rides: “We’re going as two top beauty queens – we can’t go wrong.” 

Smith says the fundraising required makes the challenge a unique event. 

“We’re pretty much living and breathing it for this past month – then there’s the blood, sweat and tears of getting up the country in three days. 

“But I’m pretty sure what we’ll have been through is nothing compared to what those [critically ill] kids are going through.”