South Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Loo with a view
    Loo with a view
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  • This is the third warning sign at Skippers Road.
    This is the third warning sign at...
    by Kakapo2
  • Wasps feeding on honeydew.
    Wasps feeding on honeydew.
    by Kakapo2

South Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Departure Tax at the Airport

    Christchurch Warnings and Dangers

    Departure Charge for International Flights You no longer need to pay a a separate departure charge at Christchurch Airport. NZ$12.50 will be applied to each international arrival and departure as part of the airfare costs. Refunds If you believe you have paid more than NZ$25 for your return trip, or NZ$12.50 each way, then you can request a...

  • at nite

    Christchurch Warnings and Dangers

    although a visually stunning city, christchurch is quite dangerous at night. I lived there for four years, and got regularly hassled by groups of drunk young guys (15-20). the most dangerous areas at night are at the sydenham (pronounced sid-nam) end of colombo st (most cars parked there overnight get damaged, if not all), in and around the city...

  • Air pollution in winter

    Christchurch Warnings and Dangers

    Christchurch lies on a river plain and most of the time in winter it's not that windy, so the smog settles pretty quickly. Add to that all the fireplaces and woodburners in people's homes than you have a recipe for bad air. It's supposed to have been worse 10-20 years back, but I think it's still bad. So bad that when I went to Wellington on a...

  • Smokers

    Christchurch Warnings and Dangers

    You need to be 18 years or more to buy alcohol. So if you want to buy alcohol in supermarkets and liquor stores you will be asked for identification of age if you look under 25 years of age. For Example; Drivers Lic Passport Identity card

  • Watch out for detours!

    This rock fall was as we headed down the West coast. I loved all the different rock formations and the geography of the country but I guess it does have its downfalls (sorry I wasn't trying to be funny). Don't think you can drive the Kiwi roads like we drive a lot of our flat straight boring ones over here in Australia.

  • Don't get too close to the Glacier

    At the end of the pathed walk way at Franz Josef Glacier people took off their shoes waded across the icy water (there were chunks of ice floating by) and headed up the river bed toward the glacier. Do be aware that undertaking this with out a guide can end in tragedy as two Australians died two days after we were at Fox Glacier. The massive bed of...

  • Beware of Black Ice

    It is high time to warn you of black ice which - because of the low winter temperatures - occur mainly on the South Island. Black ice is the ice you do not see on the road, and is a lethal danger.Just the other day a young Australian girl died in a crash on black ice near the Rakaia Gorge, on SH 72 (south-west of Christchurch).There are not many...

  • Be prepared to stop at One Lane Bridges

    Those One Lane Bridges are a common feature in New Zealand, especially on the South Island, as we have a lot less traffic than on the North Island, due to a smaller population in a much wider area. They are everywhere - and become a danger when you are driving and admiring the landscape at the same time, as you do not think a one lane bridge could...

  • Slow down at Cattle Stops

    Especially on the South Island you will find a lot of cattle stops. Those are made of grills or rails to prevent cattle from walking away from their paddocks on the access roads which the farmers cannot just fence off.Those cattle stops do not only occur on remote gravel roads. Even the Summit Road in Christchurch is dotted with those noisy kind of...

  • Fit enough to climb a glacier

    It may appear easy and not too high nor too far. But when you come close to it, a glacier is large, slippery and can be challenging.So assess if you are fit enough and brave enough to cover the terrain. As like anything, start small before you bite more than you can chew. The great thing is that safety is well taken care in all the NZ adventurous...

  • Cadrona Pass on Gravel Road

    drive carefully, slowish, don't brake hard let the Car do its thing and of course stay left, left even if they're is no traffic. and be aware of corners, normaly they are well signed out in advance, slow down to the speed recommended, works I can garantie itif you don't, Gravel, can drive you around the bend ^..^the Cadrona Pass has been...

  • Sandflies

    ferocious, blood your repelent here, it works the of us here in NZ have their own mixtures, when I go to the West CoastI popp into the nearest Supermarket, buy a small Baby Oil bottle and a bottle of DETTOL ..desinfectendmixe the both 50:50 and shortly, when I arrive at the Cost I smear it all over me...I tell you, the...

  • an Umbrella could ..

    save you on a very wet day.the West Coast has always some Rain during the day, I know..travelling light, my Motto too, but u can buy some very useful & big once here:-))and also, when walking one can use it as a walking Stick and when the Sun very hot..shade is provided..Skin Cancer is a real malice threat here in NZ

  • no are on ya own

    take warm clothes, water, first aid kit and tell someone, where you will be going, when back !!I know I do repeat myself, but can't stretch this warning far enough. every year tourist and travellers alike get lost in the vastness of the southern alps.I am not kiddingNZ-Emergency Number: 111*

  • 4 Seasons in one Day

    when hiking or walking in the Southern Alps, let somebody know where you go, when and with whom u'r planning to go.When the hiking starts and more importand, when u'll be back. and take good care.check the gear, food, maybe cellphone tourist offices will give you advice


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