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Title: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 04.01. 2016 16:22
Well it looks like I am going to visit New Zealand. My daughter currently in Cairns says I am allowed to visit her for 3/4 weeks starting the end of February (when she arrives in Auckland). She is planning to hire a camper van. Any recommendations from any locals about anything greatly appreciated  *smile*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: muskrat on 04.01. 2016 19:09
Smart girl, your daughter. Meeting you in the 2nd best country in the world. If you came here she'd never get rid of you.  *whistle*
Cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 04.01. 2016 21:43
Rising to the bait slightly I think that I live in the best country in the world (givers of the BSA)  *fight*. Lots of places within a few hindered miles that I have not seen yet and some of them are meant to be amazing. However my daughter has loved Australia and has sent some fantastic pictures home. She has decided not the see the big red rock and is fly to Adelaide then doing the Great Ocean Road before return to Sydney and visiting some of that area.
However I have always liked travelling and am already planning things to do and see whilst in New Zealand
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Joolstacho on 05.01. 2016 01:37
Angas, I'm told the lambs are very cuddly over there across the dtch.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 05.01. 2016 02:12
Angus,
Thankfully you've wisely decided upon visiting a civilised country with lots of greenery, hills, bendy roads (no motorways to speak of) and sandy beaches in the peak of our short summer  *yeah* Good timing.
A place free of shark attacks, poisonous spiders and snakes, that rarely has a bush fire, although we do have a lot of unwanted possums that came across from a prison colony populated by you Brits  *whistle*.
Feel free to PM me with dates and I'll see what I can dig up as a suggested itinerary.
Depends how much driving you fancy doing. The bay of islands and far north as well as Coromandel, Rotorua and other places not too far from Auckland.
You'd be welcome to visit if you pass Warkworth (about an hour north of the Auckland Airport)
We also have some very brilliant micro breweries so its a great country to drink decent beer and we don't chill the glasses.
Tim
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 05.01. 2016 02:15
I suspect your daughter will spend the visit complaining how cold it is in NZ compared to Cairns
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 05.01. 2016 04:47
hi guys,.. why do aussies always `Bleat' on about Kiwis and sheep? you guys used to have more than anybody, get over it,cheers     
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: muskrat on 05.01. 2016 06:19
Quote from The Guardian.
"New Zealand has long been the butt of sheep jokes but latest figures show the nation’s woolly flock has slumped to its lowest number since World War II.
 The latest national livestock survey showed flock numbers had dropped by 3.2% to 29.6 million, but sheep still outnumber people six to one.
 Sheep numbers have been on a downward slide since 1982 where they had peaked at 70.3m. Sheep farmers switched to dairy farming en-masse and by 1987 it had overtaken conventional sheep farming which until then had been the backbone of the New Zealand economy."


Just an age old thing between Aussies and Kiwi's
So now gum boot manufacturers have invested in step ladders.
Sorry Angus but Kiwipom asked for it.
Cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: RichardL on 05.01. 2016 06:33
Angus,

I suppose your daughter might be described as a millennial, but you don't have to be that young to have enjoyed the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Depending on how into it she was, seeing some of the countryside where it was shot might be an attraction. I really know almost nothing about NZ but I assume beaches will be on the agenda.

Have a great time.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: terryg on 05.01. 2016 07:10
"Rising to the bait slightly I think that I live in the best country in the world"

Isn't there a quote that goes something like... I won first prize in the lottery of life, I was born an Englishman?

But the opportunity to visit NZ, or Aus, sounds too good to miss. I hope you enjoy the trip.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Joolstacho on 05.01. 2016 07:22
Cor, that got a coupl'a bites eh?! Hee, hee... Har har...
Yes, but it's not JUST about the money is it? Say what you like, you just can't deny that the special relationship you kiwis have with our winsome, wooly mates is something very special. Don't back away from it... be full of PRIDE!
Seriously, my 'new best friend' is a kiwi, and what's more he's an actual QME, -Qualified Motorcycle Engineer, (yup, he's got a ticket to prove it too, or so he says)... bluddy'ell!!! Do they actually exist outside Peter Stevens Ripoff M/C Co ?!)
Is that why Jacko is my 'new best friend' I wonder?
Anyway. Jacko is a bit partial to a bit of tender lamb (along with the pong of 2-stroke pre noon), and who can blame him for that. I'm rather inclined towards a serve of tender lamb loins also, I mean who could resist those moist medium-rare juices? The finest loins I ever encountered belonged to a particularly svelte, athletic kiwi (who's name has escaped me)  who had emigrated from Hull (of all places!) Long and lusciously lithe it was. Anyway...
Well. As for Aussie jumbucks? -Hmmm, they're not so tender or cuddly, we tend to send 'em overseas by the x k thousands in disgusting inhumane ships for a serve of inhumane death in eastern moslem states.
More fool us. (What tossers we are!)
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 05.01. 2016 08:38
hi guys, yeah Musky (So now gum boot manufacturers have invested in step ladders) we import `wellies`from China now just like you guys.
Also when Aus. had 180million sheep they used to label it NZ product so they could sell it overseas, cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 05.01. 2016 08:41
Hi guys, Terry,(I won first prize in the lottery of life, I was born an Englishman) i believe that quote was by one of our famous `Royalty ' whilst having a couple of Snifters in the morning room and not intended for the rank and file.
...Although not a born and bred Kiwi i am from Canterbury the 'original` one and do like this part of the world. I have been to Aus. many times and like it very much but i believe it is best to live in NZ and holiday in Aus., just my opinion, cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 05.01. 2016 08:43
hi guys, have another beer Jools you might make more sense.
You Aussies love to have ago at Kiwis because there is a small population here compared to `sheep '. Sometimes a small population is very good. My own opinion as to the small population is that:- NZ was only ever a food producing country for Britain and needed only a small service industry for the agricultural and farming communities hence the low emigration numbers called for by the mother land. NZ did not need more people just more 'Sheep', cheers,     
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: muskrat on 05.01. 2016 08:53
 *fight* *sick* *beer*
NZ is the only place left to visit on my bucket list.
Cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Joolstacho on 05.01. 2016 08:58
Oi, kiwipom, I was born and raised just up the road... Canterbury (Kent) was my home ground too (why didn't they cut that tree down?!)
Don't take it all so seriously mate eh? (I fear it's flying all above your head).
HAVE FUN!!!!! MATE!
-Jools
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 05.01. 2016 09:01
hi guys, and if you do Musky I'd have a beer with you any day, it`s only 3hrs away, cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 05.01. 2016 09:07
hi guys, Jools, well I'll be, you may have been that guy who used to leave me for dead riding the RG Star, me on my Dunstallised Dominator 99 up the old Dover Rd in 1965,cheers 
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 05.01. 2016 11:50
Well that was not the responses I was expecting. I thought a few good lucks and have a good time, but it was a very funny read.
The plan is still evolving. I think she is almost ‘lovely beached’ out as the east coast of Australia appears spectacular and that has been her trip so far. So its scenery, volcanic activity and maybe on the south island some glacial stuff that is currently being planned. Although she is not a Lord of the Rings fan, I am from the books and she has said we must do some of the locations. Thanks for the offer Tim, I may well pm you to add to our ideas.  Local knowledge is always good and like here sometimes the best places are a local secret.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: terryg on 05.01. 2016 12:07
Some years ago I was talking to Tony Cooper (think Magnetos) and he was about to go off to NZ with his missus. He had managed to wangle the loan of a bike on which to do some touring.
That struck me as a great plan.

On New Zealanders... I once employed a couple of young machinists from NZ, to work in a high tech model shop where materials were somewhat unusual. They were both excellent guys. Superbly trained, highly competent, innovative, hard working and efficient. I'm sure they've since gone on to great things. They were both a real pleasure to work with.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Topdad on 05.01. 2016 12:30
even more on New Zealanders;-  I grew up in an area of Liverpool close to the docks where the American boats berthed , the ozzie meat boats landed and the blue funnel line brought the NZ lambs not to mention Canadian pacific liners , the old gladstone docks heaved with ships of all nations ,consequently as a kid I got used to having our café full of all nationalities when I got home from school except NZ ,never had the pleasure of meeting anyone from there . So my mental picture of all guys from NZ is based on my childhood hero from WW2 ,Al Deere ,( nine lives ) *respect*
 so there you NZ guys go, oh so  please don't post a selfie  *whistle*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: KiwiGF on 05.01. 2016 19:09
I suspect NZ may also have a high BSA A10 to people ratio so it's not just sheep here in numbers  *pull hair out*, the other day I went on the BSA motorcycle club Wellington branch Xmas bbq run and there were 6 of them there  *lol*, including mine, out of about 20 bikes.

There's also probably more kiwi members on this forum than to be expected, considering we only number about 4m in total  *fight*

Urban myth says NZ has a very active classic/vintage vehicle scene, if so it will be because of the number of barns and sheds, here and a reluctance to ever throw anything away  *whistle*

Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: terryg on 05.01. 2016 19:59
"reluctance to ever throw anything away"

Good on yer! You know it makes sense.

NZ'ers strike me as a very self-sufficient lot, with possibly the world's best 'we can do it' attitude. Although I have never been there I picture a country so sparsely populated that when something goes wrong or needs doing the first choice is to just get on with it.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: stu.andrews on 05.01. 2016 20:03
The country(NZ) and it's people are the very best on this Earth.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 05.01. 2016 21:27
hi guys, (So my mental picture of all guys from NZ is based on my childhood hero from WW2 ,Al Deere)yes TopDad there were a lot of those. If you haven't heard of `Nancy Wake' have a look at her wartime exploits, i was more than impressed,cheers 
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 09.01. 2016 15:02
Its all Booked now so I am actually going now to plan what I am going to do.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 09.01. 2016 23:36
http://www.mcr.co.nz/community/event_calendar/february/bsa_national_rally_2016 (http://www.mcr.co.nz/community/event_calendar/february/bsa_national_rally_2016)

Might not fit in as Dunedin is well south, I was pondering riding down which is a couple of days each way...
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: olev on 10.01. 2016 03:23
Hi angus,
I've been to NZ a couple of times. Its such a fabulous place I don't know why the kiwi's bother coming over here.
Make sure you do the south island as well. the drive into Milford Sound is amazing let alone the sound itself. Queenstown and the glaciers are a must see.
Queenstown is a seriously beautiful place. If you are feeling suicidal you can do bungy jumps, lunatic jetboats or paragliding off the cliff.
Personally, I had a few beers and watched them from the restaurant.
There is an authentic French village just outside Christchurch that is worth a visit. (the locals will know the name) Apparently the French settled here before they realised the poms had invaded the place.
If you end up at Rocker Racers BSA rally in Dunedin and get pi$$ed you can roll down the world's steepest hill.
Dunedin is on the way to Invercargill where Bert Munro's Indian is displayed in a fruit shop.
The locals will let you know what to see anyway. There is nothing ordinary about the entire place.
cheers,  you will have a great time.

Oh, and keep a close eye on the daughter. I wouldn't trust a kiwi with my grandmother.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 10.01. 2016 05:33

There is an authentic French village just outside Christchurch that is worth a visit. (the locals will know the name) Apparently the French settled here before they realised the poms had invaded the place.


Akaroa

Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 11.01. 2016 01:13

You've missed the Cemetery (circuit )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AySDrR8cMvQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AySDrR8cMvQ)

and I'm guessing you won't be in the country for the Paeroa Street racing 21st Feb

http://www.battleofthestreets.co.nz/ (http://www.battleofthestreets.co.nz/)
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 12.01. 2016 04:06
https://forgottenworldadventures.co.nz/routes-and-trails/#more-adventures (https://forgottenworldadventures.co.nz/routes-and-trails/#more-adventures)

This got a reference on the box the other night, its a bit off the usual tourist trail but might be worth considering
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 01.02. 2016 00:51
https://www.facebook.com/MethvenMountainThunder (https://www.facebook.com/MethvenMountainThunder)
http://www.cams-racing.org.nz/ (http://www.cams-racing.org.nz/)

http://www.nzcmrr.com/index (http://www.nzcmrr.com/index)
Two classic race meetings in March, one in each island, just on the offchance they coincide with your travels

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/76444580/huge-flock-of-sheep-make-magic-moment-for-canadian (http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/76444580/huge-flock-of-sheep-make-magic-moment-for-canadian)
And a sheep video for those over excitable Australians   *shh*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 03.02. 2016 03:16
Why are so many Australians moving to NZ?
Craig Norenbergs is among the rising population of Australians moving to New Zealand, a decision he says is perfect for "the Average Joe Aussie".  Figures released by Statistics New Zealand this week showed in 2015 25,300 people moved from Australia to New Zealand with a net gain of 800 migrants from the Lucky Country.  The net gain of migrants ended a 20-year trend of more New Zealanders leaving for Aussie, known as the "brain drain".  Norenbergs arrived from Sydney where he was head of sport for Australia's ABC Radio in October 2014. He took up a role as the New Zealand Racing Board's broadcasting general manager and brought with him his wife and son.  "I had never been [to New Zealand] before we moved here. I accepted the job and thought 'why not'.  "It not only lived up to expectations it's been better than we expected."  Norenberg said his new Kiwi friends often joke he should be working for Tourism New Zealand because his review of living here is so positive. 
"The people are so nice, the country is so beautiful."
He thinks Auckland traffic is better than Sydney's and the housing market hasn't scared him off.  "It's not like it has been a jolt. If I had moved from a country town in Australia you'd go 'My God, the prices', but things are similar to Sydney."  Norenbergs said he believed the pay rate is similar in Australia and New Zealand, but the decision to move here wasn't all about money.  "It's similar for Kiwis that go to Australia... some are looking to better themselves, but there's also the sense of adventure.  "I'm sure once you get to the really top end... the sky would be the limit in Australia, but if you're an Average Joe Aussie New Zealand would be the perfect place for you and your family.  If his wife and 10-year-old son had not settled in well in Auckland the family would have moved back to Sydney, but the whole family had made many friends, he said.  "We have made so many Kiwi friends who are just the nicest people."  The change in migration trend has attracted the interest of overseas commentators. Foreign affairs commentator Adam Taylor wrote in the Washington Post this week: "New Zealand has long been overshadowed by its geographically larger and more populated neighbour Australia... complicated by the fact that many New Zealanders moved to Australia in search of jobs and other opportunities."  He said the change in migration flow meant "the shoe is finally on the other foot."  In August The Australian called it "Revenge of the Kiwis".  Statistics NZ figures showed December was the ninth month in a row with a net gain of migrants from Australia. Before April 2015, the last net gain in migrants from Australia had been in June 1991.  Of all migrant arrivals in the December year, 25,300 were from Australia. Fewer New Zealand citizens left for Australia, with departures down 11 per cent to 21,100 in 2015, less than half the peak departures set in 2010.

Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: olev on 03.02. 2016 10:59
and they have just beaten the crap out of our elite cricket team.
(a couple of days after India did the same)
love it.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 06.02. 2016 10:21
Any ideas ?
Megan is coming to the end of her time in Australia. She loved the east coast and Cairns, she like Adelaide and Melbourne although she found it expensive.
In the next couple of days she will be back in Sydney which she did not love (sorry to any locals) when she started there. She feels she has to go to Bondi and Manly but is not overly keen. She has vouchers for accommodation at YHA and Stayatbase for all but two of her remaining nights, she leaves on the 25th. It seams a shame to end a great trip on a bit of a down. So any idea of things she could do, bus/train day trips cheapish. She found some great things around Cairns for a few days but Sydney is huge in comparison and hard to filter stuff out.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: trevinoz on 06.02. 2016 20:56
Angus,
                 I agree with her thoughts about Sydney.
In a 100 mile radius from Sydney she can have a look at the south coast towards Muskie's neck of the woods, the Blue Mountains west of Sydney or north to Newcastle and the beautiful Hunter Valley and it's vineyards.
Trains to the major centres.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 22.02. 2016 19:46
A question for our New Zealand members or anyone who has traveled North to South Island. We had planned to use the ferry as I have seen rightups that the entrance to the harbours are worth seeing. We have been advised that Flying maybe an option Auckland to Nelson or direct to Christchurch. So Opinions please it the ferry crossing worth the 12 hour bus ride Auckland to Wellington the Bus _ ferry also appear more expensive.
Many thanks for help and suggestions so far  *smile*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Kickaha on 23.02. 2016 04:40
A question for our New Zealand members or anyone who has traveled North to South Island. We had planned to use the ferry as I have seen rightups that the entrance to the harbours are worth seeing. We have been advised that Flying maybe an option Auckland to Nelson or direct to Christchurch. So Opinions please it the ferry crossing worth the 12 hour bus ride Auckland to Wellington the Bus _ ferry also appear more expensive.
Many thanks for help and suggestions so far  *smile*

I'd look at doing the train down rather than the bus (if there still is one)

I do the ferry crossing three times a year for racing

Wellington side is a bit rubbish but the scenic crap through the sounds is worth the trip if you haven't done it before and the drive across through Queen
Charlotte to Havelock and Nelson is pretty good

I can lend you an A10 if you want a bike for a day down near Christchurch
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 23.02. 2016 04:48
http://www.railnewzealand.com/ (http://www.railnewzealand.com/)
might be another option, have never tried it but probably more scenic than the bus.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: stu.andrews on 23.02. 2016 09:38
The ferry trip is well worth it. The ride down along the South Island East Coast is great. Do it!
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Greybeard on 23.02. 2016 10:21
My daughter, who toured Oz a while ago makes a few suggestions for Sydney.

1) Take ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay - good beach, calm waters and a walk around headlands to Hornby lighthouse.

2) Blue Mountains

3) Walk from Bronte to Bondi

4) Day trip to Palm Beach - Beautiful long beach, sand dunes, headland.



Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: olev on 23.02. 2016 11:14
A couple of years ago we hired some sort of Nissan off a mob called 'juicy' to do the south island.
It was gutless and didn't seem to use any petrol and was cheap.
a car gives you total freedom. There is too much to see off the beaten track.
I'd recommend a car or a camper van.
cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 23.02. 2016 16:35
Thanks again for the replies, I think we have a plan, which is to fly and then do the north coast of the south island under our own steam.

Kickaha thanks for the offer the roads there look amazing but my travel/medical insurance specifically excludes any motorcycle above 250cc so as I am a worrier I will limit myself to 4 wheels. ‘Rocket Racer’ sent me details of this so I MAY be going to that http://www.southcanterburyvintagecarclub.co.nz/swapmeet/ (http://www.southcanterburyvintagecarclub.co.nz/swapmeet/)
Rocket Racer thanks we looked at the train expensive compared to the bus and although lots of good reviews just not appealing enough
Stu.Andrews thanks we will do the east coast already planned
Greybreard thanks for the info passed it on today although she now only has 2 day left in Oz. She did the blue mountains in the end and has visited the famous beaches.
Olev thanks, that should like the camper we have booked. I am just going to let her drive it she will love being able to stop and start when she wants.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Klaus on 24.02. 2016 09:57
Hi Angus,

time is running, next saturday Sonya take off to New Zealand.
I dont know if she managed the contakt to Megan I gues she will  do when she arrived.

Have a good time and enjoy the experience with you daugther.
I'm pretty sure to get the chance to pick up Sonya next year January at NZ, do it the same way as you.

Will meet you on our trip to Irland in Juli.

cheers Klaus
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 28.03. 2016 01:21
Managed to catch up with Angus briefly twice as he travelled the North Island and before he headed off to the main land. Sadly not with enough time to get him out for a ride.  *sad2*
Nice to have been able to catch up for a chat with one of our members from the other hemisphere .  Wasn't able to offload any parts on him  ;)
Hope you both enjoyed your visit.
Tim
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 28.03. 2016 08:12
thanks again Tim. It was great and interesting to meet a member from so far away but with so many things much the same as home. We are loving your beautiful country and are continuing to have an amazing time in the south island *smile*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Greybeard on 28.03. 2016 10:01
Once again I think how flipping good this forum is!    *smile*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: nimrod650 on 28.03. 2016 18:48
Hi angus,
I've been to NZ a couple of times. Its such a fabulous place I don't know why the kiwi's bother coming over here.
Make sure you do the south island as well. the drive into Milford Sound is amazing let alone the sound itself. Queenstown and the glaciers are a must see.
Queenstown is a seriously beautiful place. If you are feeling suicidal you can do bungy jumps, lunatic jetboats or paragliding off the cliff.
Personally, I had a few beers and watched them from the restaurant.
There is an authentic French village just outside Christchurch that is worth a visit. (the locals will know the name) Apparently the French settled here before they realised the poms had invaded the place.
If you end up at Rocker Racers BSA rally in Dunedin and get pi$$ed you can roll down the world's steepest hill.
Dunedin is on the way to Invercargill where Bert Munro's Indian is displayed in a fruit shop.
The locals will let you know what to see anyway. There is nothing ordinary about the entire place.
cheers,  you will have a great time.

Oh, and keep a close eye on the daughter. I wouldn't trust a kiwi with my grandmother.
ifyou do any bungy jumps get off the bike first
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Angus on 27.04. 2016 11:37
Well I am home and what can I say. New Zealand is a really beautiful place and the people are so friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic time with many many highlights.
To anyone anywhere I would thoroughly recommend the country for a visit.
Only down sides :-
It is just so far away
& in the south Island the sand flies (thanks Greybeard)

Megan is now in California
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Greybeard on 27.04. 2016 16:35
...in the south Island the sand flys
As in there is sand in the air, or there are some flies known as sand flies?
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 27.04. 2016 22:12
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/sandflies-and-mosquitoes/page-1 (http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/sandflies-and-mosquitoes/page-1)
sandflies are tiny wee blood sucking things, also possibly known as midges? sort of like a mosquito but nothing like...
insect repellent is the answer especially for those with foreign blood.
They leave itchy marks where they have got you.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Greybeard on 27.04. 2016 22:24
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/sandflies-and-mosquitoes/page-1 (http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/sandflies-and-mosquitoes/page-1)
sandflies are tiny wee blood sucking things, also possibly known as midges? sort of like a mosquito but nothing like...
insect repellent is the answer especially for those with foreign blood.
They leave itchy marks where they have got you.
God yes, midges. We have them really bad in the Scottish West Highlands. Tiny little things but teeth like a bulldog!
They can ruin a holiday.
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Rocket Racer on 28.04. 2016 05:04
I did a bit of googling and yes a sandfly is a tiny midge. Apparently Americans have a completely different set of names for them. *dunno*
And they said, we only have harmless critters in NZ. Obviously not so as we have (admittedly australian) possums and sandflies  *evil*

So tourists beware you might need insect repellant and a car (to run over the bl@@dy possums)!
And Weka's (another flightless bird) can steal your fruit too!
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: olev on 28.04. 2016 05:53
Rubbing fresh cow manure on your body will repel them.
(old greenie trick)
cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: muskrat on 28.04. 2016 06:33
Ah, that's why. *whistle*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 28.04. 2016 06:57
hi guys, yes they attack tourists more than locals, once you have a decent suntan the skin is a little too tough for the sand flies. there is spray/wipes and pills you can take that prevents the bites...(Rubbing fresh cow manure on your body will repel them) never heard of that one that's Olev's solution perhaps that is what aussies do instead of buying the spray or wipes, sounds like the cheap way out to me but Olev says it works so must be true, cheers
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Klaus on 28.04. 2016 09:03
May you have an other problem by meeting a horny bull  *grins*

My daugther Sonja told me that the harvest is sometimes disturbt by havy rain, so the could not bring in the Kiwis.

cheers Klaus
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Greybeard on 28.04. 2016 09:08
God yes, midges...
We were told that in olden times in Scotland a punishment for minor crimes was to be staked out naked to let the midges have their way with you! *angry*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: a10gf on 28.04. 2016 09:27
going a little off topic :O) but... got trillions of midges here i N, can make humans run for they lives :O)
Here's some good writing > http://wildlifearticles.co.uk/midges-pests-or-saviours/
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Greybeard on 28.04. 2016 09:35
Here's some good writing > http://wildlifearticles.co.uk/midges-pests-or-saviours/
For anyone who hasn't experienced midges that should give you some idea of the hell that midges can be!
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Joolstacho on 28.04. 2016 09:54
Man the word 'midges' takes me right back to the mid seventies, camped by an idyllic Loch up in Scotland on the brand spankin' 850 Commando Interstate. On the run from Australia, Mary on the back.
Not a wink of sleep because of the little bastards (midges) by this loch... drove us mad! -So we just packed up the tent around 5 am and fanged it across the width of Scotland west to east, coast to coast... freezing, beautiful, mad ride dodging those weird long-haired cattle wandering all over the road on those fabulous windy hilly roads. Got to the other side for breakfast, great big feed, ooh wonderful, but by that stage I was ready for a stiff one!!! (Got by with several cups of tea until 11, then into the pub. Ahhhhh!
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Topdad on 28.04. 2016 10:19
I'm sure Olev idea will work but think it may repel every B*****  *lol*
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: Greybeard on 28.04. 2016 10:39
I've heard that a product made by Avon, Skin So Soft is great for keeping the blighters off.
https://goo.gl/tK59zo
Title: Re: Just visiting
Post by: kiwipom on 28.04. 2016 12:02
hi, (Avon Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body Spray-The Alternative to Insect Flies Mosquito Flea Repellent - Even Great For Horses Cats Dogs)
 is that it also repels : Horses Cats Dogs as well, cheers