Monthly Archives: November 2011

PuB NiGHT Thursday 1st of December

Hey everyone,

How is life in Auckland? I am doing great. I’ve 1 more week to go for my internship and then I will be traveling the south island, which I am very much looking forward to!

As I know that not everyone of you will be able to make it to the Christmas party on Saturday, we have decided to have another PuB NiGHT as well on Thursday. Just having a couple of drinks and anyone is welcome to come and go as they please. For those of you that are new in Auckland, the PuB NiGHT is a great way to meet new people and you can exchange experiences with other interns here in Auckland.

As it will be my last PuB NiGHT, it gives me the opportunity to say goodbye to all of you, in case I won’t see you anymore at the Christmas party.

As usual we will start in Rakino’s and move over to Cassette later on.

When: Thursday the 1st of December
Where: Rakino’s and Cassette
Meeting point: from 19:00 at Rakino’s (Level 1, 35 High St, Auckland CBD)

Cheers,

Lotte

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Weekend in the Coromandel

This weekend we went to the Coromandel. The Coromandel is a region on the North Island and has some of the best beaches of New Zealand. It is a great option if you are stuck in Auckland for work of your internship and you can easily do it on the weekends.

We stayed in Cormandel town. This wasn’t a very special place, but we had an amazing drive all the way to the north of the Coromandel. We saw some incredible rocky beaches and at night we enjoyed the pool at the hostel Anckor Lodge.

On Saturday morning we had to get up ridiculously early in order to do a sunrise kayak tour at Hahei beach. Although I was very much against getting up early and the others had to put up with a rather grumpy Lotte, it was very much worth it. We saw an amazing sunrise at Hahei beach while we were waiting for our kayaks. During the kayak tour we went to see Cathedral Cove and to Hoho Rock, one of the most photographed rocks in New Zealand. We also say some stingray’s at Stingray Beach (surprising…) and had a very nice coffee on the beach. The sea was calm, clear and the weather was just perfect.

After the kayaking, we relaxed on the beach, as it was one of the first very summery days and afterwards we took off to Hot Water Beach. It is a really strange experience to feel the cold seawater and then suddenly you are almost burning your feet when you are at a ‘hotspot’. Unfortunately, the Germans of our group couldn’t live up to my high expectations of Germans being great at digging holes at the beach and the French tried to conquer the sea as well, we failed miserably in making our own hot pool.

All in all it was a great weekend and I can definitely recommend the Coromandel as a destination. At least I stayed true to my nationality and turned fabulously red in the sun!

15th Pub Night !

Hi everyone, I hope you had a weekend as great as mine,

This Thursday we celebrate the 15th INTERNeX New Zealand Pub Night !

And as usual now, we will begin at Rakino’s at 7:00pm. Lotte will not be there as she’s going to Wellington for the weekend,  so I’ll be your only host for the night !

We have some people that arrived in the city and it would be great if everyone could meet each other and a have a bit of chat around a few bevvies.

Hope I’ll see you there,

Cheers, Robin.

PR-Department INTERNeX New Zealand

Picture of the Week

This picture has been taken in Opoutere just before surfing. I love the idea of imagining the dog on a board, taking the wave, and well I’m sure he would have done better than me…

If you have pictures you want to share to everyone, don’t hesitate to send them to us at the address pr@internexnewzealand.com.

Cheers, Robin

PR-Department INTERNeX New Zealand.

Picture of the Week

MOJO Surf Weekend : I’ve lost my Mojo.

Hi everyone,

As some of you may know, we are back from a trip to Opoutere on the East Coast and Raglan on the West Coast where we have been surfing and enjoying the sun… well almost.

We left Friday at 4:00PM in front of the Stray office on Fort St. for a three hours journey to Opoutere. On the road you could clearly see the rural side of New Zealand, far from the buzzing of Auckland.

Auckland to Opoutere

We arrived just before the sunset in the Opoutere YHA which is a really great backpackers hostel, for the view first, (on a protected bay with the ocean a bit further) but also for the features with table-tennis, volley-ball, free kayaks…

MOJO Surf Coach.

Sunset on Opoutere

MOJO Surf Famil Crew

The morning after we took some time to unpack the new surfboards arrived earlier at the hostel and we took the mini-coach to get into the action.

New Boards

Arrived on the car park, and after a 10 minutes walk in a little pine forest, we arrived on the beach. A long white sand beach surrounded by a forested reserve and a sand spit which is a breeding ground for several endangered species of sea birds like the “New Zealand Dotterel”.

First Lesson - Surf in Opoutere

After the basics safety instructions given by our two Raglan-born instructors, Hemy and Ryan, we jumped into a quite warm water and took the first waves. Not easy to stand-up but most of us reached it finally after several times. Quite exhausting to battle against the current but the feel of the wave pushing you is really awesome.

Surf in Opoutere

Another three hours journey and we arrive in Raglan to take the boat and have a scenic view of the harbour with the typical Pancake rocks.

Pancake rocks - Raglan

10 minute drive we arrived in Karioi Lodge, a backpackers hostel lost in the middle of the bush in Raglan heights. We arrived a bit too late to see the sunset this time but the next morning the sight was still pretty amazing even more from Inspiration point, a panorama point at just 5 minutes walking from the lodge where some come do their yoga on a wooden deck.

Karioi Lodge

Party Room - Karioi Lodge

Inspiration Point - Raglan

Then we took the mini-coach to go to the beach (this time a black sand beach due to the volcanic activity of the region) and take our second lesson where we could realize that everybody has already improved from yesterday. The rain took part in the game but as we were already wet, well it did not really have an impact on the fun…

It was already the end of our stay in Raglan and we had to head back to Auckland, hopefully we had a stop in a wonderful and accessible place Bridal Veil Falls, 55m high.

Bridal Veil Falls

Thanks a lot to all the MOJO Surf crew for this awesome weekend, and even if I still can’t say that Keanu Reeves is an amateur, we had a lot of fun !

 

 

Trip to Bay of Islands

Hey guys (or mostly gals)

I just wanted to tell you that I am going with Robin and another girl to the Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga next weekend. We will be leaving on Friday (11th of November) morning, stopping in Whangarei and Goat Island before going to Paihia where we would like to do some dolphin swimming and snorkeling (if the weather allows that). The next day we will go to ninety mile beach where you can do sanddune surfing and in Cape Reinga we can see the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea come together. On Sunday the 13th we will have some time to spend in Paihia and then we’ll head back to Auckland.

If a visit to the Bay of Islands and Cape Reiga is still on your must-do list and you feel like joining us, just let me know! The more the merrier we think!

X Lotte

Picture of the Week.

Hi everyone, it’s the return of the Picture of the Week with a photo that illustrates a fundamental rule with the sheeps here in New Zealand, you can notice too that they say nothing about the cow just above…

The picture has been taken on Waiheke island just before I assisted in a sheep shearing which was awesome.

Don’t hesitate to send us your pictures, either they are beautiful, funny, strange or whatever you find cool and the chosen one will be offered a beer or a glass of wine at the next Pub Night !

Waiheke island prescription : Picture of the Week