Monthly Archives: November 2012

INTERNeX New Zealand: Regional Park Volunteers Needed

For the environmentally aware among us 🙂

An opportunity has come up for volunteers interested in helping out with pest control in the Waharau Regional Park. Waharau Regional Park is located near Kaiaua (about a 90 minute drive from downtown Auckland) and has coast, bush and is rumored to also have weka. The Ranger, Josh, is inviting anyo

ne who has a few hours to spare per month to come along to an informal meeting next Tuesday to discuss how they can get involved. Areas where helpers are needed is most likely in the area of pest control (checking bait stations and traps), but could also involve other tasks in the future such as weed hunting and tree planting.

Where/When??: The meeting will be held at the Waharau Park center on Tuesday 4th December at 2pm. It will be a cup of tea and a chat to find out when people are available to help out and what they are interested in, etc. If you are unable to make the meeting, but would like to be more involved with the park, you can call (09 2322714) or email (Joshua.adam@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz) Josh to let him know.

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Stray Promo

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Pavlova

Pavlova is a much-loved Kiwi dessert made from egg whites and sugar. There has long been debate as to which country (New Zealand/Australia) came up with the idea of the Pavlova, and so far evidence is stacking up for New Zealand as the creator of this desert. But ask any Australian and they’ll tell you they invented it (but really it was us Kiwis! 😉 )

Here’s the Edmonds recipe for Pavlova:

4 egg whites

1 ½ cups sugar, caster (fine ground)

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Beat the egg whites and sugar for around 10-15 minutes until they become thick and glossy.
  3. Mix the vinegar, vanilla and cornstarch together in a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the meringue (egg and sugar mixture). Beat on high speed for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Place the mixture in a circle shape on the tray, making the shape as even as possible.
  5. Place the Pavlova into the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 100 degrees.
  6. Bake the Pavlova for 1 hour
  7. Turn off the oven and open the door slightly to leave the Pavlova in the oven to cool. Once it has cooled, place on a serving plate and decorate with cream and fresh fruit.

Try making this famous Kiwi dessert 🙂

INTERNeX New Zealand: Strawberry Festival

Mercy Hospice Auckland Strawberry Festival.

Head down to the Mercy Hospice Strawberry Festival in Auckland this Wednesday to celebrate the start of summer and of course strawberries! New season strawberries and delicious ice cream will be available for sale. Strawberry treats and Mercy Hospice Strawberry Angel Christmas Decorations will also be available for purchase.

New Zealand’s Masterchef’s Brett McGregor, Nadia Lim and Chelsea Winter will be at the festival this year along with several other famous faces from the New Zealand food scene.  There will also be live music from Holly Christina.

Where: QEII Square, Auckland CBD.

When: Wednesday 28th November 8am-4pm.

Free entry, treats various costs.

All funds raised on this day will be used to help Mercy Hospice Auckland provide free care to those with life-limiting illness and their families, in the Auckland community.

INTERNeX New Zealand: The Beauty of the South

The Beauty of the South

One of the most varied and beautiful places in the world, the South Island of New Zealand is a must-visit place, each town and city offering a unique experience, a few of my favorite are listed below.

QUEENSTOWN

One of my personal favorite places in New Zealand, Queenstown, is the premier four-season lake and alpine resort of the Southern Hemisphere.

Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Wakitipu, in the South Island of New Zealand, and is home to stunning scenery. Attracting 1.9 million visitors every year, it is a place renowned for its incredible adrenaline pumping adventure activities and breathtaking outdoor terrain.

There is so much to do in Queenstown, from bungee jumping, skiing, snowboarding, spas, ecotourism, a great selection of bars and restaurants, to wine experiences, lake and river adventures, walking, hiking and biking and air adventures.

Springtime in Queenstown is the perfect time for fun and rejuvenation, with temperatures ranging between 8 and 22 degrees. Summer in Queenstown sees long leisurely days of between 20 and 30 degrees.

Autumn is a time of amazing golds and reds in Queenstown as trees turn and shed their leaves. Temperatures range between 12 and 25 degrees with days getting shorter.

Winter in Queenstown is breathtaking. Snowcapped mountains and crystal clear lakes provide opportunity for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, along with various winter events. Temperatures range between -2 and 8 degrees.

WANAKA

Lake Wanaka is another place famous for its natural beauty and is much loved by tourists and locals alike. Located about an hour’s drive from Queenstown, at the foot of the Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka is home to genuine hospitality, a stunning environment, independent passion and a vibrant community.

There’s plenty to see and do in Wanaka including Puzzling World, the Transport and Toy Museum, Have a Shot, Cardrona Adventure Park and BaseCamp. There are also plenty of Arts and Heritage attractions as Wanaka is home to a vibrant community of painters, sculptors, photographers, carvers and writers.

There are many breathtaking walks to be done in Wanaka and the surrounding areas including Mt Iron and Mt Aspiring National Park.

ARROWTOWN

Arrowtown is a former gold mining town, which is now a popular holiday destination. Home to incredible scenery and a tranquil atmosphere this town attracts thousands of visitors from New Zealand and all over the world. It is built on the banks of the Arrow river and is home to several unique attractions including gold panning, the Lakes District’s Museum, a boutique cinema, some of the regions best wineries, golf courses, fishing and ski areas.

Arrowtown is located 20 minutes from Queenstown. 

INTERNeX New Zealand: The Great Walks of New Zealand

In a country with such natural beauty, it would be a shame to miss out on a true experience of what New Zealand’s incredible landscape has to offer. Be sure not to miss doing one (or more! 🙂 ) of the 9 Great Walks:

The 9 Great Walks:

1.    Lake Waikaremoana

East Coast Region.

Located on the South West Corner of the Te Urewera National Park. This walk is a 46km 3-4 day tramping track, which follows the shore of a lake for most of its length. There are plenty of opportunities for swimming and fishing, as well as magnificent scenery.

2.    Tongariro Northern Circuit

Central North Island Region.

Unique and stunning landscapes, active volcanic craters, brilliant blue lakes, steaming geothermal areas, glacial valleys. This is a 51.5km, 3-4 day track around Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.

3.    Whanganui Journey

Manawatu/Whanganui region.

The Whanganui journey is a 5day, 145km river journey from Taumarunui to Pipiriki through countless hills and valleys along the stunning Whanganui river.

4.    Abel Tasman Coast Track

Nelson/Tasman region.

The Abel Tasman Track is located in Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island. The walk extends for 54.4km, taking an average of 3-4 days to complete.

5.    Heaphy Track

Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions.

A walk of a variety of diverse landscapes from beech forest to tussock grasslands, to lush forests, nikau palms and roaring seas. This is the longest of the 9 Great Walks at 78.4 km. It takes around 4-6 days to walk. There is also the option to mountain bike the track which takes 2-3 days.

6.    Kepler Track

Fiordland region

This track is a 60km, 3-4 day loop track which takes you from the gentle beech-forested shores of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri to the tussocky alpine tops and grans Mt Luxmore. There is a long section above bushline with stunning panoramix views of the Kepler Mountains, lakes, rivers, and hanging valleys.

7.    Milford Track

Fiordland region

Said to be “The finest walk in the world”, the Milford track is a 53.5km walk over 4 days. Located in Fiordland National park, you will be taken aback by the natural wonders and spectacular display of a truly wild and beautiful part of New Zealand.

8.    Routeburn Track

Fiordland region.

This is a 32km, 2-4 day track which weaves through beech-forest valleys, along green rivers and glistening alpine lakes and breathtaking views from a mountain pass. This track crosses the Southern Alps and passes through the amazing landscapes of Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park.

 9.    Rakiura Track

Southland region 

This track is located a short 20 flight from Invercargill, or an hours ferry journey from Bluff. The entire circuit is 37km and takes approximately 3 days.

Most of these walks have hut accommodation available,

For more information, check out the DOC (Department of Conservation) website. 

INTERNeX New Zealand: Picture of the week

This week’s picture of the week is of the famous Santa who lives on top of “Whitcoulls” bookstore during the weeks leading up to Christmas. This weekend the Farmer’s Santa Parade will be held in Auckland CBD:

The Farmer’s Santa Parade is the biggest and most famous Santa parade in New Zealand. This event has been running since 1934 and every year new floats are introduced- this year we will see a new Christmas Train and Willy Wonka and all his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory friends in the parade.

Where: Queen Street, Auckland CBD

Date: 25/11/2012

Free

To check out the route of the parade, head to the Santa Parade website.

You’re never too old 😉