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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #45 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*
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #46 on: 28.03. 2016 10:01 »
Once again I think how flipping good this forum is!    *smile*

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #47 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

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #48 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)

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #49 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?

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #50 on: 27.04. 2016 22:12 »
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.
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #51 on: 27.04. 2016 22:24 »
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.

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #52 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!
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #53 on: 28.04. 2016 05:53 »
Rubbing fresh cow manure on your body will repel them.
(old greenie trick)
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #54 on: 28.04. 2016 06:33 »
Ah, that's why. *whistle*
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #55 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
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #56 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.

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #57 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*

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #58 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/

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #59 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!