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Hampshire
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wasps

We're planning to come to Abel Tasman sometime between late January and mid April next year. I'm embarrassed to say I'm a bit phobic about wasps. Are they a real problem? Would any time during that period be better to avoid them? Or better for other reasons? Thanks for any advice on this.

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New Zealand
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1. Re: wasps

I've spent some time in Abel Tasman and never actually seen/noticed any wasps - but others are plagued by them.

I've been there all four seasons so can't comment on the chances of you meeting any.

Good luck :)

Christchurch, New...
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2. Re: wasps

There have been massive baiting programmes throughout the beech forests of the NW corner of the SI. Hopefully this will have an effect on wasp populations by next summer.

Nelson-Tasman...
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3. Re: wasps

Wasps use to be a problem in nelson lakes national park. However, there have been massive wasp erradication programmes in Nelson Tasman area including the national parks. I spend considrable time in the area and have never found wasps to be a pfoblem, but they are being wiped out for protection to native species

https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/101…

Oz
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4. Re: wasps

Hi,

NZ is indeed a multi cultural nation but like most countries originally settled by Polynesians (Maori) and subsequently invaded by Europeans, in this case the English, there are still lots of WASPS to be found.

Not a concern at all and most are friendly, aside from on the Rugby pitch. However that strange round ball game has yet to gain much traction, other than at the junior level, thank heavens.

Cheers,

Edited: 11 June 2018, 07:06
Christchurch, New...
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5. Re: wasps

You might have to translate "WASPS" Oz, those from the Northern Hemisphere don't speak the same language that we do in the antipodes :)

Nelson-Tasman...
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6. Re: wasps

A whole feature on wasp wipeout in Nelson Tasman region. https:/…wasp-wipeout

Christchurch, New...
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7. Re: wasps

Others comments are good, & if you are still worried, make sure you stick to the track. Less chance of standing on a nest.

Hampshire
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8. Re: wasps

I'm coming from the WASP's nest so it's the small furry ones I'm more worried about!

Hampshire
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9. Re: wasps

Thanks for your answers everyone. It looks like I'm making a bigger deal of the wasp issue than it actually is. What about other things? I know late Jan/early Feb will be a lot busier than early April (though I'm guessing 'busy' by NZ standards is pretty empty by UK ones) but would April be too chilly to kayak and swim? Also, do your clocks change at the beginning or end of April? Sorry for all the questions!

California
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10. Re: wasps

Daylight Savings Time ends April 7 (2am), 2019.

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