UPDATE: Wyvern Club members please read this post dedicated to you, on this page some of our readers have left comments telling you their side of the NZ story: https://e2nz.org/2014/06/11/hamilton
Vigilante’s response to Nigel Wilson was:
UPDATE: In the NZ news this week – a massive arsenal has been stolen from a Bucklands Beach home just metres from a primary school and a local business owner in Henderson was murdered by a gang of kids. Not only were the offenders already known to the police, but some of them also had parents who were already in the system.
Bear in mind living in a country is very different to being a tourist and not everyone tells the whole truth in their letters home, read our Welcome page to find out why people are economical with the truth about NZ.
Please note this page is out of date. For more information please use the link NZ not as safe as you think.
Here are some warnings and dangers: Cities in New Zealand (links to pages from Virtual Tourist.com)
If you have any you’d like to add please leave them at the bottom of this page and we’ll add them in.
“My son is down that way today, I am darned worried just today in the New Zealand Herald I read
Reported incidents since November include two mob street bashings of visitors, a New Year’s Day rape, an attempted abduction of a child and the killing of 23 protected fur seals which are a popular tourist drawcard. On Thursday there was a clash over drugs involving knives and baseball bats.
NZ as many NZers know , is one violent country
The Dutch have a travle warning and other Governments may follow
Every time I see a backpacker or cyclist alone, I stop and talk to them, BE CAREFUL young uns”
“The road leading into Kaikoura from Christchurch is very windy and you can get stuck behind campervans and trucks. There are few spots to pass on so some motorists can get rather frustrated and take risks that they wouldn’t normally to get past slow vehicles. Passing lanes are being built north (near Clarence) of Kaikoura and a couple of long stretches south help to get past so long as something is not coming toward you in the other direction.”
Beware in waterfall & secluded attraction carparks
There has been quite some publicity lately (while we were travelling around the north island) where recently in 2 separate incidents at waterfall carparks, backpackers have been attacked and robbed (in one case while sleeping in their vehicle, though most carparks say ‘no camping’ so it’s probably not a good idea to do).
Some carparks even have security cameras set up – a strange thing to see in the middle of nowhere in a small town, but with so many tourists in campervans around, I think they’re easy prey for thieves. At one carpark on the west coast in the top north, volunteer ‘guards’ charge $2 to mind your car while you go for a bushwalk, so you can have peace of mind that your van/vehicle will be ok when you get back 1 hour or so later….
So just really take care, and heed the warning signs, as it does seem to be a serious problem.
If you surf in St Clair beach be careful of shark attacks. In the past surfers have lost arms and legs to sharks despite the shark nets.
Auckland safety advisories
Spent a few weeks in Auckland and wanted to warn people regarding tourism safety. The City of Auckland attracts a tough crowd with the very cheap lodging (NZ$10 a day), 24-hour liquor stores, a casino, and relaxed police enforcement. Some examples, I found a used syringe on a street corner in City Center, I regularly saw empty alcohol bottles on the street, and I was assaulted and mugged for money right off Queen Street (the major tourism area) at 10PM on a weekday, so watch yourself at night. Another point, tourists may not sue locals for injury while vacationing in New Zealand — Keep this in mind when looking at their popular “extreme” activities. As others have mentioned, there are poor Auckland drivers who do not watch for pedestrians even at crosswalks. Last point, I generally got the feeling there were many “hidden fees” behind some activities here: Take a ferry and get forced into paying another fee for the manditory bus at the other side, rent a car and find out there were limited free kilometers when you return, or get shortchanged at your meal. Auckland has many activities for tourists, but do not get lulled into thinking all the Kiwi people are innocent and safe, as the NZ advertisements might have you believe.
New Zealand never again
My wife and I went to NZ for our 10th wedding anniversary 2007, We stayed in Auckland for three days,every-where at night there are thugs old and young, i think they are maori and pacific islanders, they stand around in menacing groups, many are dressed like american gangsters and covered in disgusting savage tatoos, we came out of a nightclub at around 1.00am and saw these two tatooed woman fighting on the sidewalk surrounded by a gang of drunk savages cheering them on, there were no police anywhere, we swiftly walked in the opposite direction.
We found all the places we stayed at in NZ had gang problems and was clearly evident by the number of youths and gangsters roaming the streets.
It wasnt till we got to Queenstown (south island of NZ) we felt safe, as we saw none of these tatooed mongrels or maori youth hanging round the shopping centre,,Tip Queenstown is good but stay away from all the other towns and main centres, from what we have heard many tourists have been murdered in NZ.
Also do not drive there, the young people in their raced up cars dominate the roads at night, and they are out of control, dont think the police give a damn about anything in NZ. we will never go there again.
I live in Auckland all my life, im 18 now and very streetwise. If you plan to go into the City, by the sky tower and k’ road etc, and you dont know the area well or are not with someone that does, then i warn you not to stay at night. The city during the day time has many great stores to shop in and is relatively safe because there are so many people around.
Important Tips: ( While in Auckland City – Britomart& k’road areas)
During the night
– Do NOT ever take a shortcut down alleyways ( dark OR lighted )
– Do NOT approach any gang members ( usually patches or matching coloured clothing)
– Do NOT keep valuables in your backpack. ( easily stolen from behind )
– Do NOT keep cash in your pockets ( Keep in wallet & HOLD IT- dont put in your bag)
During the day
– While walking the streets be AWARE of yourself&how close others are around you.
– Do NOT keep valuables in backpack ( easily stolen from behind in crowds )
– Do NOT walk down alleyways without many people around you. (Street kids)
– Time your trip ( be aware of bus times, taxi’s & shop closing times )
– Do NOT flash your money around, especially in front of teens&younger adults.
– When asking for directions, DO NOT follow anyone or let someone lead you to “where you need to go” , they may not be as nice as they seem. ( if you notice them leading you away from crowds or into private looking hotel or apartment blocks STOP AND GO BACK TO WHERE YOU WERE.
– Ask for directions, and take them yourself.
– IF hitchiking, be careful! There are nasty people that may rip you off. Its safer to catch buses.
BUSES are a good form of transport. They are not overly expensive. While taxi’s cost more.
I advise to keep away from alleyways at night.
When clubbing, make sure you plan your ride home (via bus, friend taxi etc) and make sure you set a time. YOU DONT WANT TO BE STRANDED IN THE CITY AT NIGHT.
Street kids & young teens adults or drunks do hang around the streets at night, usually praying on tourists. THIS IS NOT COMMON but does happen. So just be aware.
“Keep valuables hidden, NOT in backpacks(easily stolen from behind) – EYES OPEN , be aware of people around you & how close they are – PLAN ! Ensure your rides to &from, times there&home etc. – Do not approach drunks, groups of teens wearing one colour(eg blue,red..) – Keep near or in view of people. (NOT gang members or bigish 4-5+ groups of mischievous looking youngsters) – EMERGENCY NUMBER : 111 ( police, ambulance,fire brigade)”
“Most of the beaches near the city are not safe for swimming this is partially due to the earthquake in 1931 that raised a lot of the Marine Parade out of the sea. As a result there’s only a few metres of shallow water before a sudden drop to the sea floor. Some of the waves can also get quite large and it hasn’t been unknown for people to get swept away while walking along the beach. There are warning signs and flags that go up if the swell is classed as dangerous.
If you wish to swim at the beaches, there are some safe swimming spots that have lifeguards. These are indicated (like on all NZ beaches) by a set of red and yellow flags. Swiming between these flags means that there is a lifeguard watching that area between the flags.”
- Auckland Warnings and Dangers
- Christchurch Warnings and Dangers
- Queenstown Warnings and Dangers
- Rotorua Warnings and Dangers
- Wellington Warnings and Dangers
- Dunedin Warnings and Dangers
- Napier Warnings and Dangers
- Paihia Warnings and Dangers
- Kaikoura Warnings and Dangers
- Akaroa Warnings and Dangers
- Waiheke Island Warnings and Dangers
- Matamata Warnings and Dangers
- Milford Sound Warnings and Dangers
- Mount Maunganui Warnings and Dangers
- Whangarei Warnings and Dangers
- Arthur’s Pass National Park Warnings and Dangers
- Franz Josef Glacier Warnings and Dangers
- Cape Reinga Warnings and Dangers
- Wanaka Warnings and Dangers
- Fox Glacier Warnings and Dangers
- Mount Cook National Park Warnings and Dangers
- Ninety Mile Beach Warnings and Dangers
- Waitomo Caves Warnings and Dangers
- Hokitika Warnings and Dangers
- Raglan Warnings and Dangers
- Picton Warnings and Dangers
- Tongariro National Park Warnings and Dangers
- Lake Taupo Warnings and Dangers
- Abel Tasman National Park Warnings and Dangers