1. Pray for Wind andRain
Sandflies cannot handle wind. It simply locks them where they are and they are unable to take off. So pick a windy day or awindy spot by the river and you will be much less annoyed by the flying insects.
2. Keep moving
An early Maori legend says that sandflies were created to punish laziness and it is easy to see where the legend comes from. Sandflies tend to go crazy on people that just sit there and wait. However, keen hikers that are constantly moving or beach-goers that are having fun in and around the water seem to be much less attractive. So keep active and stay sandfly free!
3. Eat Marmite
Ok, lets face it, only a few can handle the smell of marmite, let alone its taste. However, with marmite being rich in vitamin B, it is proven to be an excellent insect repellent after only a few days of eating it. Our tip is to mix a bit of marmite with a huge spoon of jam to dilute the taste.
4. Vitamin B tablets
So youve tried Marmite and told yourself that it was not worth it? We get it, you have to be a tough Kiwi to like Marmite… Your alternative is vitamin B tablets. This will help you raise your vitamin B intake almost instantly and hopefully keep the sandflies away from you.
5. Use insect repellent
There are a ton of insect repellents on the market, from the hardcore chemical ones that will kill you before it kills the sandflies to the one that smells like a candle but is not effective at all. Your best bet is to wait to be in New Zealand and get an insect repellent in one of our local pharmacies. You will find that the insect repellent sold here work much better on sand flies than your European or North American one.
6. Wear long sleeves
Thats a bit of an obvious one but if you keep your skin covered, the sandflies cant come and bite it. So set aside a few light long sleeve layers when packing for your gap year in New Zealand so you have something to wear in summer when the sandflies are out.
7. Travel in the shoulder and off-season
Sandflies tend to be out only in summer. It is pretty rare to find sand flies outside of October to March. So thats just another great reason to travel in the shoulder and off-season in New Zealand. Youll have a great time in New Zealand, plus youll have a bite-free trip!