The Best (and Eco-friendly) Mosquito and Sandfly Repellents for New Zealand
A trip to New Zealand often inspires travellers to protect nature, even if it sometimes bites. Let us set you off on your New Zealand journey on the right track with this list of the best insect repellents for New Zealand, which are also eco-friendly.
While New Zealand does have mosquitos, it’s the sandflies which are the biggest pain, prolific in the summer months around water, the coast, in the grass, and hell, just about anywhere. We give some recommendations on how to stop sandfly bites here, but the most effective way we find is to wear some sort of insect repellent.
Check out the list below of the best insect repellent for New Zealand, for you and the planet.
1. REPEL Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Spray
Completely DEET-free (which is better for you and the planet) this insect repellent is one of the most-reviewed eco-friendly insect repellents on Amazon and is a popular insect brand is sold in New Zealand. This REPEL spray uses lemon and eucalyptus oils to repel sandflies, mosquitoes and other bugs. It smells great and is not too greasy, which means that it should not stain your clothing over time.
Check out REPEL Insect Repellent Spray here.
2. Badger Anti-Bug Sprays and Balms
Available in limited stores in New Zealand, this one is usually best to bring from home. Badger’s sprays and balms are made with organic ingredients – the active ingredients being the organic oils of soybean, castor, citronella, cedar, lemongrass, rosemary, geranium and peppermint to keep the mosquitoes and sandflies at bay. What we love the most, however, is how some of their packagings is in an aluminium bottle which is easier to recycle in New Zealand. Check out more ways to be green on your trip here with Be Green When Travelling in New Zealand.
Browse the Badger store on Amazon.
A brand found in New Zealand pharmacies and on international websites like Amazon, PARA’KITO makes products to repel insects without having to spray yourself. Choose from stylish to subtle wristbands and clips that use refillable pellets made from natural essential oils that are DEET free, no animal testing, phthalates-free, paraben-free, dermatologically tested. For more travel health advice for New Zealand, check out our Medical & Health Insurance category.
Browse the PARA’KITO store on Amazon.
4. SallyeAnder No-Bite-Me Insect Repellent Cream
Repel sandflies, mosquitos, fleas and ticks with this insect repellent cream. Paraben-free, DEET-free and alcohol-free, SallyeAnder No-Bite-Me Cream is so safe it can even be used on infants. The list of active ingredients is quite impressive making a powerful insect repellent: eugenol and oils from cedar, lemongrass, geranium, mint, thyme, clove, and rosemary. Their products are handmade in the USA.
Check out the Sallyander No Bite Me Cream here!
5. TerraShield Outdoor Blend Essential Oil
Using one or two drops on your legs, arms, neck, etc., this essential oil blend is a powerful barrier and is totally natural. Use TerraShield Essential Oil with a diffuser to protect a whole room or pack it in your day pack to use on the go. The essential oil is safe for the whole family, but if your skin is particularly sensitive, you can dilute the oil with other oils such as coconut oil.
Check out the TerraShield Essential Oil here.
6. Insect Repellent Soap
It’s true, we tend to put on our insect repellent when it’s too late. If you’re the forgetful sort, then you might find insect repelling soap, like SallyeAnder No-Bite-Me Soap or REPEL Soap Bar, more useful. While you’re travelling in New Zealand, switch these DEET-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free soaps with your regular soap. Plus, relax knowing that the packaging is a mere paper bag.
Check out the SallyeAnder No-Bite-Me Soap here.
7. Insect Repellent Clothing
Of course, wearing clothing that covers your skin is the most eco-friendly way to protect yourself against insect bites with less waste involved. However, there are clothes specially designed to keep the bugs at bay if you want that extra protection. For instance, this Solstice Insect Repelling Shirt consists of odourless permethrin sprayed over the fabric, as well as SPF40 sun protection. Alternatively, these BugsAway Leggings are comfortable to travel in and is made with a treatment that repels bugs that last for up to 70 washes. For more useful gear to pack for New Zealand, check out our Gear & Packing Lists category.
And check out this Women’s BugsAway Lightweight Top here.