Head Down Under and yap about bloody Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Determine the best place to buy a car, how to get a working holiday visa and the best route for travelling in Oz and around the Kiwi Islands.

Australasia and Pacific Islands Warnings

Court

User avatar
Began Gap Year Trip Six Years Ago
 
Posts: 2446
Joined: May 15th, 2003

Share on Orkut

This thread doesn't have any tags.

You can still check out the tag index though.

What are tags?
  • Added on: May 10th, 2005
This is a new thread of Australasia and Pacific Islands warnings. It is to be used for Australasia and Pacific Islands specific warnings only. Warnings include instances of robbery in a certain part of a city, bad hostel experiences, etc. As a content-rich thread, we do not want any back-and-forth or questions. Please direct all questions via Private Messages (Click on "Go" in the left hand corner, select "My Space" and then "Private Messages") to the poster. You can also issue a PM by clicker on the poster's name and selecting "Private Message". Any post that does not contribute relevant information will be deleted. Examples include: responses to previous posts in the thread and questions. The information can be on any city, region or country in Australasia and Pacific Islands. When reading these experiences, please remember that there are two sides to every story and warnings should be issued sparingly.
__________________________________
Girl Travels World

Court

User avatar
Began Gap Year Trip Six Years Ago
 
Posts: 2446
Joined: May 15th, 2003

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: May 10th, 2005
Kava, the local drink in Fiji, can affect you more than you would think (numbing of your mouth is one thing). Only imbibe if you feel comfortable and are in safe surroundings. One or two sips won't do much, however, so don't be afraid to try it if you trust the source.
__________________________________
Girl Travels World

salmo99

World Citizen
 
Posts: 1094
Joined: February 18th, 2002

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: May 16th, 2005
The numbing of your mouth is where it starts. There is a tremendous variance in the strength of kava throughout the Pacific. A bowl is unlikely to produce anything other than a slight tingling sensation in the mouth, so fear is misplaced. The exception is Pohnpei where it is called "sakua"is about five times as strong as your run of the mill kava, and is known among yahties as "liquid quaalude"- (if you have to ask, never mind.

One other note: 20 years ago women NEVER participated in the kava ceremony. In tourist areas this has changed, but in the oputer islands of Fiji and many other island nations, it remains taboo.

if you are on trditional isalnds in Fiji

salmo99

World Citizen
 
Posts: 1094
Joined: February 18th, 2002

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: May 16th, 2005
Sorry, got tossed. If you are going to the outer islands of Fiji (Yasawas, Taveuni)be sensitive to local mores regarding kava consumption, and take the hint from local women-if they aren't there, you probably should not be either. By the way, the same goes for bush beer on Atiu in the Cooks, the magic mushroom coming of age ceremonies of Vanuatu, and (usually) smoking in Micronesia.

salmo99

World Citizen
 
Posts: 1094
Joined: February 18th, 2002

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: May 16th, 2005
Caution in Tonga: What you hear is true: Tongans are notoriously light handed, especially so in a culture where
"permenent borrowing" is common. Be particularly careful in Tongatapu and in Neifu in the Vava'u group..... when you leave your hotel or hostel, lock your bag!

kcweimer

User avatar
Holds PhD in Packing
 
Posts: 105
Joined: March 14th, 2005
Location: Key West/Chicago

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: June 3rd, 2005
I spent a lot of time on horseback in the rural areas of Victoria. Take snakes very seriously and use appropriate precautions, espicially in areas of tall grass where they are easily hidden - many can kill you. But the beauty of the land and people are worth the precautions.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."

yvette-f

Thorn Tree Refugee
 
Posts: 3
Joined: July 7th, 2005

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: August 8th, 2005
Hi guys

Here's a warning- NEVER stay at Boomerang Backpackers on William Street (Kings X) in Sydney. I arrived on an early morning flight and headed straight to the accomodation phone wall in the airport with other knackered travellers, and unfortunately, the only backpackers that answered their phone was Boomerang. They picked us up from the airport, and stupidly, myself and about 6 others paid upfront for a dorm room for 2 days. Waste of money, because we would have been better off sleeping in the doorway of the Ferrari garage opposite the hostel!!

It was freezing cold, noisy as hell (the windows didnt fit the window frames) and we were given no sheets. Plus the bathroom's light switch had disappeared into the wall, and once you had risked electrocution by sticking your finger in to find the switch, the flipping lights didnt work. I didnt expect luxury, but for $25 a night, this was a joke.

My experience is one I dont want anyone else to endure- stay away from Boomerang!!

kenny0_3

User avatar
Holds PhD in Packing
 
Posts: 122
Joined: July 6th, 2005

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 2nd, 2005
Fiji Warning

I have been speaking to some old school friends who have just returned from a round the world trip.

Try to use your bank cards as little as possible as both of them had £3000 stolen out of their accounts whilst in Fiji.

Luckily they had cover on them so will be getting it back, but its not that good when you have already finished your trip

Skimaxpower

User avatar
World Citizen
 
Posts: 1292
Joined: March 25th, 2005
Location: Republic of Cascadia

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 28th, 2005
Drive carefully in NZ. Drinking and driving is (sadly) a part of rural NZ culture - especially on the South Island. Mainlanders are notoriously aggressive drivers.

Those roads are narrow and windy. Don't try to make time. Don't try to use the cruise control. Don't accidentally use the wrong (right) lane.

Seriously. So many deaths in NZ are from car wrecks. Be careful.

The Intellectual Redneck

Guidebook Dependent
 
Posts: 15
Joined: August 12th, 2005

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: January 14th, 2006
quote:
Originally posted by Skimaxpower:
Drive carefully in NZ. Drinking and driving is (sadly) a part of rural NZ culture - especially on the South Island. Mainlanders are notoriously aggressive drivers.

Those roads are narrow and windy. Don't try to make time. Don't try to use the cruise control. Don't accidentally use the wrong (right) lane.

Seriously. So many deaths in NZ are from car wrecks. Be careful.


I'll second this post. Northland was a disturbing place to drive, and as a 27 year old male, not much disturbs me...but when there are constant switch backs and the locals are trying to pass with 20 meter visibility... There were accidents observed on the sides of the roads, and some vehicles that had gone off the sides of the mountains.
<;)))><

Tommy Boy 1243123

Thorn Tree Refugee
 
Posts: 1
Joined: February 13th, 2006

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: February 13th, 2006
HOSTEL WARNING!!!!

Never EVER stay at the Riviera Backpackers Motel in Mildura, Australia. Reasons:

The managers are really really bitchy.
There is NEVER enough work for all the backpackers staying there.
The motel is old and falling apart.
They use the same cloth to wipe the toilet seat and counters! Ewww!
They squeeze waaay too many people into one teeny tiny bedroom and charge you a fortune.
They don't do all the waterskiing and barbqing that they promise in their ads.
The aircon is always broken.
The jobs they hook you with are sh*t and you barely make enough money to pay rent!
The managers tell you what you can or cannot do - WTF?! This is my friggin trip!!!!

This place is AWEFUL and I wouldn't reccommend it to my worst enemy. Truly. Horrible.

I reccommend Northaven Backpackers!
Tommy Boy

Kotiti Haere - Wanderers

Thorn Tree Refugee
 
Posts: 11
Joined: March 6th, 2006

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: March 7th, 2006
Customs Warnings for NZ

Never, never, never bring fruit into the country. Check your backpack before you leave to come to NZ to make sure you have not had an apple that you bought 3 days ago in your backpack and have forgotten about it, for when it is found you WILL get fined NZ$200 on the spot and not even be able to eat the apple! This applies to any fruit, seeds or food.

Being a movie star will not save you either as Hillary Swank found out!
Kotiti Haere - Maori Wanderers
http://kotitihaere.maori.org.nz

Whistler

User avatar
The Thunder From Downunder Goddess
 
Posts: 3298
Joined: December 5th, 2006
Location: Tomorrowland.

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: March 1st, 2007
.....HOSTEL WARNING.....


Never stay at Hanmer Backpackers in Hanmer Springs New Zealand. Booked 3 nights asked for female dorm, bottom bunk had a knee problem, couldn't climb up.

Arrived on crutches (sprained ankle in Queenstown) bed upstairs,got different bed. The room was cold and damp-smelling and the bedding so inadequate I couldn't sleep properly. This was in January mind- Summer. Wasn't happy about sharing with 3 men, but no options for that night. The next night I could go in a different room. Both these rooms were nt in the hostel but in the "yard".

Next morning after breakfast, I was told I had to leave because "You were snoring and the others complained." I had a 10am appointment at the Hanmer Pools for massage & facial etc. , explained I couldn't talk now .They wanted to know when I'd be back, I told them about 1pm. They got even shittier because they "had to strip the bed".

Turns out the Pools were closed due to pump malfunction. Went to Tourist info centre guy in charge booked me into Kakapo Lodge & arranged to drive me there. Returning to Backpackers the 2 staff had stripped my bed, REMOVED my clothing & personel items put em elsewhere . They had also, without my knowledge booked me into another Hostel and were told to cancel it. This is NOT a good hostel to stay. The staff are rude & unfriendly, the hostel is cramped & if your'e coming downstairs as someone enters the front door, you sare cut off.

The kitchen is tiny, I had to put my food on the floor because there wasn't any room , the bathrooms/toilets were not very clean and if you did not speak their language, they completely ignored you.

I have stayed in many hostels and this was one is disgusting.



Have a nice day, Whistler.


If you can keep a sense of humour and see the funny side of life, you will never be old. SMC. Splitform
Never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes.

MY TRAVEL ALBUMS
MELBOURNE DAILY PHOTO

Azdo

User avatar
Lost in Place
 
Posts: 60
Joined: September 9th, 2005
Location: West Coast, USA

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: January 3rd, 2008
quote:
Never stay at Hanmer Backpackers in Hanmer Springs New Zealand.


I second this.

The main hostel part looked nice, and we were excited to stay there until we were taken to the back too. The room was smelly and crowded. There was no where to put my stuff, so I had to sleep with some of it on my bed. The woman at the front desk was unfriendly. I asked her what kind of cat it was (sitting on the counter) because it was unusual and pretty, and she looked at me like I was crazy. Sheesh, lady.

Then, we got back from the hot pools at night. It had been drizzling all day, and I discovered the ceiling was leaking when there was a squish sound and water soaked through my sock. I reported it to the mean cat lady, and she said she'd take care of it. I thought this meant moving us to a new room since now it also had smelly damp carpet. By "taking care of it" she meant putting a bucket under it. I was like "uh, I don't know if I'll be able sleep with that splashing sound. So she put a sponge in the bucket.

Uh, yeah. Great hospitality.

CarlosAlbert

User avatar
Lost in Place
 
Posts: 50
Joined: January 26th, 2009
Location: Chile

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: January 26th, 2009
I am from Sydney myself. Though Sydney is a nice city but I wouldn't ask you to come over here for your holidays. I wouldn't ask you to visit any city in Australia as they are almost the same as those in the western countries, more or less.
I would suggest to go to visit the bush and the wild, which is unique. Definitely something that you won't get a chance to see anywhere else. So yourself geared up and go wild on your holidays, that's the best holidays you could ever have.
If you need information regarding a Chile wine tour PM me.


Next

Return to Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific Islands Travel

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Your original BootsnAll Boards Member login still works by logging in below on the Boards.
We have a new BootsnAll Account that you will start seeing around the BootsnAll Travel Network. This new login is not yet linked to your current Boards Account. In the meantime, you will need to sign up (for a BootsnAll Account) to use Account features like Indie ™ , Traveler Profiles etc.

Quick Links

Community Activity

Statistics for the last 7 days

New posts:
14
Newest Member:
viezay


Indie - Multi Country Flight Finder
Round the World Travelers


Join BootsnAll on Facebook

1 (503) 528-1005

© 2014 BootsnAll Travel Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.