Monthly Archives: September 2015

INTERNeX New Zealand: Trip Tip!!

Hey guys,

Celeste here, I’ve got a new TRIP TIP!!!!!

On Tuesday the manager of Stray came in to ask if I wanted to join the daytrip on Wednesday. I said yes right away, but I didn’t know where we were going so it was a surprise. It was a good surprise. On Wednesday, I went to the Stray office at 9.40 and we hopped on their bus. We first drove to the Base hostel to get some more people for the daytrip and then we continued driving. We were with 15 in total and the drive to the first place was about 1 to 1,5 hours. The drive was a bit long but it was really nice IMG-20150923-WA0016and fun with all the people and getting to know them.

We first arrived at Cascade Kauri where we did a half hour walk through a rain forest. Unfortunately it was actually raining but it was really beautiful out there and I didn’t really mind the rain. The nature here in New Zealand, especially when you compare it to The Netherlands, is breath taking. It’s so weird that you start driving in Auckland, a big city, with big buildings, houses, shops, streets, cars and everything. Then 1 hour later, you see completely different surroundings, you see thousands different kinds of trees, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, birds.. Just nature.

After this walk we went back in the van and drove to Piha Beach. Piha is a small village with around 600 inhabitants. Piha Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area. The beach is a well-known black sand beach, due to the high iron content, which is of volcanic origin. Piha was the birthplace of surfing, and it has been the scene of the national and international surfing championship competitions. We walked around here for a while and after that we had lunch. Barbecue with sausages!!!

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When we finished lunch, we went back in the van and drove to Kitekite falls. The falls WP_20150923_14_35_22_Prodrop a total of 40 metres (130 ft). First we had to walk through a rainforest again, they said it was an hour walk in total. So after half an hour we found the waterfall. Normally, you can go swim there, but since it’s still winter here, I passed. There were 3 guys who actually went in, it looked freezing.

So, if you have a day off in Auckland and don’t know what to do, this is my tip. Go see the beautiful nature on the East Coast of New Zealand and enjoy the fresh air. I absolutely had an amazing day. I was exhausted by the end of it but hey, that’s what a good day does to you, right!?

Cheers,

Celeste.

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Roadtrip!

Hii Guys,

Joyce here! I’ve been here for a month now and I really love New Zealand. I’m finally used to the work I have to do for INTERNeX and Nomads hostel. Last weekend me and Celeste were off on Saturday and Sunday so we went to the travel shop next to the hostel and booked us some trips and oh my god it was AMAZING! I had such a nice weekend that I have to write a blog about it.

blog 1It all started on Saturday! On Saturday me and Celeste went to Matamata by car (very scary to be on the left side of the road). When we arrived at Matamata we got us a lunch at the Subway and after that we went with a bus to The Hobbit movie set.  The Hobbit movie set is on the Alexander Farm. When Peter Jackson, producer Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, spotted this farm he immediately thought that this place was perfect for his movies. After they finished filming, the set became a permanent attraction with hobbit holes, gardens, bridge, Mill and The Green Dragon. So I went there and I think Hobbiton is really really really amazing. I was a bit ashamed becau
se I haven’t seen the Lord of the Rings movies…. but I saw all the movies from The Hobbit so I did recognize the places.

After Hobbiton we went to Base Hostel in Rotorua to stay there for the night. We got picked up in the evening to go to Tamaki Maori Village. Tamaki Maori Village thrives within a natural forest
environment, offering an insight into the Maori culture. It blog 2
is a journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions. I didn’t know anything about the Maori culture so this was a great way to learn more about it. It was very impressive to see the guys doing the Haka! The Haka is the traditional Maori dance. I filmed this part and uploaded it on the INTERNeX Facebook. Feel free to look! I also had dinner at the Maori Village and this was the best dinner I ever had. The food was so good and I was so full at the end of the evening. I was so proud that I could still walk after that dinner.

blog 3After the night at Base Hostel we drove to Taupo with our shiny car. We just looked for some beautiful places over there. We went to the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Rapids. We took some amazing pictures and just enjoyed our day and amazing views (and ate too much again). After that we had a 4 hours drive home and our weekend was over :(. Now we live happily ever after in Auckland again.

INTERNeX New Zealand: Rugby World Cup 2015!

Trugby_world_cup_2015_0he World Cup of New Zealand’s biggest sport is going to start in a week! In this blog are we going to tell you something about the World Cup and the sport Rugby, for those who are not familiar with the game.

newzealandallblacksofficiallogoThe All Blacks won the edition of the World Cup in 2011 and are the number one of the world at the moment. They are going to try to win the World Cup for the third time in the history of New Zealand. New Zealand won the World cup before in 1987 and 2011.

The 2015 Rugby World cup is scheduled to be the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union World Championship. The tournament will be hosted by England, from 18th September to 31 October.

England was chosen to host the competition in July 2009, beating the other candidate’s bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa.

The 20 teams competing in the 2015 World Cup are, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji, England, Australia, South Africa, France, Namibia, Georgia, Samoa, Ireland, Tonga, Argentina, Italy, Canada, Romania, United States of America, Scotland, Uruguay and Wales.

12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their pools in the 2011 World Cup. The other eight teams qualified through regional competition. There is only one change, Uruguay replaced Russia.

This are the Pools for the World cup 2015!

Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Fiji, Uruguay.

Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Japan, Scotland, USA.

Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Georgia, Namibia.

Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Romania.

New Zealand plays their first game on Monday 21th September against Argentina at 3:45 am in Wembley. The second game of New Zealand is on Friday 25th September against Namibia at 7am in the Olympic stadium. The third game of the group is on Saturday 3rd October against Georgia at 8am in the Millennium Stadium. The fourth and last game of the group stage is at 10th October against Tonga at 8am in St. James Park.

The venues 

After England were appointed tournament hosts, the proposed stadia for the tournament were revealed. Twelve of the stadia are located in England, while there is one stadium in Wales. The IRB approved the use of the stadium in Wales due to its capacity and strategic location. Two of the stadiums are dedicated rugby stadiums (Twickenham –London-, Millennium Stadium –Wales-). Two are multi-purpose stadiums (Wembley Stadium –London-, Olympic Stadium –London-) and the remainder are association football grounds.

The football grounds are the stadiums of Manchester City (Manchester), Aston Villa (Birmingham), Leicester City (Leicester), Brighton (Brighton), Mk Doms (Milton Keynes), Gloucester (Gloucester), Leeds United (Leeds) and Newcastle United (Newcastle).

TY180702_942longThe Twickenham Stadium in London will host the Final. The Twickenham stadium has a capacity of 82,000 people and is the stadium of the national squad from England. It is the largest stadium in the world devoted solely to the sport of rugby union.

All-Blacks-explode-630The All Blacks are famous for the Haka, the Haka is a dance that the All Blacks perform before every rugby game. A Haka is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge of the Mãori people of New Zealand which the New Zealand national rugby union team, the “All Blacks”. The Haka is to intimidate the opposition before the match begins. Never seen a Haka before? Click on the website and have a look at one of the best Haka’s ever. Performed by the All Blacks in the final of the World Cup in 2011 against France. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiKFYTFJ_kw

Funny fact about the World Cup, the bars and pubs in New Zealand will be able to open for all Rugby World Cup matches after new legislation was passed in Parliament. The bars will be able to open for an hour before the start of the game and an hour after it is finished, without seeking a special license. So you can watch every All Blacks games live in a bar/pub!

Visit http://www.rugbyhow.com/basic-rugby-rules.html to have a look on all the basic rugby rules. The website shows a lot of general information about the game and give some great examples.

Hopefully you know something more about the Rugby World Cup and you will look one of the All Blacks games in a bar and experience the pride of New Zealand! 

If you support one of the other countries, visit http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/ and have a look at the fixtures of your favourite country.

Cheers,

Mark

INTERNeX New Zealand: My trip to Mt. Eden

Hi guys,

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I have been here now for three weeks and I have been loving every second of it. I have already seen a lot of Auckland and I can NOT wait to go travel some more around the country. One of the greatest things I have done these past few weeks, is climbing up to Mount Eden.

Mount Eden is a vibrant, funky suburb with a great combination of culture and nature. Iblog 1f you walk to the top of Mount Eden, you have some of the best views in Auckland. This depends on the weather,
though.

I went on Saturday and the weather wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t clear or sunny. The walk towards the mountain took about 1 hour, but it is great to walk through Auckland and explore some streets and nice neighbourhoods. If you don’t like walking that much, or aren’t sporty AT ALL, no worries. There is a bus going there which you can take from all around the city.

Still with the weather being bad, you can take some amazing pictures, just relax, take in the moment and breathe in the fresh air. I just sat at the top, taking in the amazing view, looking out over Auckland, thinking about how crazy it was that I was sitting there, 18.115 km away from home.

blog 2The next day, Sunday, my friend, Joyce the other intern, wanted to do a workout on top of Mount Eden. So we put on our sporting clothes and there I went… AGAIN. Walked all the way to Mount Eden, climbed it. Luckily the weather was WAY better than the day before. We were on the top, first admiring the great view, then we went to do our workout. It was a crazy thought to be on top of a mountain and doing this, because back home in The Netherlands we basically only have those flat, boring parks and
the gym.
blog 3So, whenever you are in Auckland I would highly recommend going to Mount Eden. If you just arrived from your flight that day, and want to go do something to beat the jetlag, get a map, take a walk in the fresh air and enjoy a great view of Auckland. You don’t have to pay for anything, this is a free trip and a great way to get some exercise done 😉

Oh and it looks EVEN better in real life.

INTERNeX New Zealand: What’s on in New Zealand, September 2015

What’s on in New Zealand? September 2015                    

We made a list with all kinds of activities happening this month in New Zealand. There are some great things happening! So lets have some fun!

Rembrandt Remastered Exhibitio

When? 1 September – 13 September

Where? Smith & Caughey’s, 261 Queen Street, Auckland

A Remarkable collection of digitally remastered and life size paintings from one the world’s greatest painters of all time. And internex 2Rembrandt is just like the interns from INTERNeX a Dutchie!! Have a look and explore one of the biggest Dutchies of all time. Direct from Amsterdam in collaboration with the Rembrandt Research Project Foundation.

Tickets

Weekdays $15.00 , Weekends $20.00

Christchurch Arts Festival

When? 27 August – 20 September

Where? Christchurch

Christchurch Arts Festival is a major feature on the South Island calendar. Showcasing a programme of arts and entertainment by leading international and New Zealand performers and artist. It’s a festival promising a burst of creative energy, vitality, amusement and adventure.

There are a lot of activities like cabaret and magic, high quality theatre and dance, that sits alongside a diverse offering of classical through to contemporary music and a range of community events.

‘Make the Festival part of your year and bring the central city alive through the arts in 2015!’

Visit http://www.artsfestival.co.nz/ and have a look at the programme of each day. Enjoy your stay at the Festival.

Casual Basketball

When? Every Tuesday and Thursday

Where? YMCA Auckland City, 149 Greys Avenue, Auckland

Didn’t move for a long time? Time for a nice exercise? Go on a Tuesday or a Thursday to the YMCA at Greys Avenue and turn up for a casual Basketball game or short hoops. You don’t have to book a hoop, just turn up for some fun!

Opening hours

Every Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The price of joining the Basketball is $5.00

Exhibition Still

When? 3 September – 25 September

Where? Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland 

Still -2015- is an interactive World War 1 memorial that invites audiences to explore the duality of war: The destruction of lives and the construction of a collective future. It offers an opportunity to connect with people from countries involved in the First World War, 100 years ago. The Exhibition is free to visit.

Auckland Art Gallery

When? Every day of the week

Where? Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery is a cultural leader in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Gallery’s purpose to be a creative catalyst for art and ideas. It offers 35 exhibition’s spaces over three levels, the Gallery is the largest art museum in Aotearoa New Zealand. Its collection and loan collection, currently almost 16.000 works, include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art. Best of all, the Art Gallery is free to visit. When the weather isn’t that good? Go out to the Art Gallery and explore the largest art musuem!

Opening hours

Monday till Sunday 10:00 – 17:00  

Visit http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/ if you want more information about the Art Gallery.

Pizza Night

When? Every Tuesday

Where? 16 Fort street, Auckland, Fort Street Union

internex 3$1.00 for a slice of pizza? You should go there! Visit Fort Street Union on every Tuesday at 8pm and you will taste delicious pizza for a ridiculous price. Enjoy the good vibes from the DJ’s and have a great time at Fort Street.

Opening hours

The pizza night starts at 8p
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Pop Panic

When? Every Tuesday

Where? Cassette Nine, Vulcan Lane, Auckland

You finished your pizza but you don’t want to go home yet? It is time for Cassette Nine! The party goes on in the Cassette Nine whit other good DJ’s! And that’s not all.. The organisation of Pop Panic gives everyone who arrives between 9:00-9:30 pm a free gift! From 9:30 pm is the Riff Raffle going to start! The Riff Raffle means a lot of games with lots of prizes, for $1500 in prizes!!

Opening hours

The Cassette Nine opens at 16:00 pm, but if you arrival between 9-9:30 pm you will get a free gift!

The Riff Raffle starts at 9:30pm

Bar Crawl

When? Every Thursday

Where? Starts at the Fat Camel bar, Fort Street, Aucklandinternex 4

Auckland’s original & largest Frenzi Bar Crawl. The Bar Crawl starts every Thursday at 8 pm at the Fat Camel bar – 38 Fort Street – and goes to 4 amazing bars (included the camel bar). You get a free drink at every bar and can join the games at the bar, team ME Promotions gives over $1000 of top travel prizes away at the bar crawl.

Opening hours

The Bar crawl starts at 8pm at the Fat Camel. Don’t forget to bring your Passport, New Zealand licence or 18+ Card!!!

 

Karaoke Nights

When? Every Tuesday

Where? Le Tausala Bar 220 Great South Road, Auckland

Karaoke Tuesdays – go to the Le Tausala bar – Old Woody’s and enjoy a night of fun, laughter and entertainment if you want to experience a show with lights and excellent sound. And if you dare, experience the feeling of being a star!

Opening hours

Every Tuesday 9pm

 

Speakers Corner Quiz Night

When? Every Tuesday

Where? Speakers Corner Ale House

A proper old fashion quiz night at speakers corner Ale House. The quiz takes place every Tuesday with prizes of 1st $100, 2nd $30 and 3rd $10 bar tabs. A quiz for anyone from anywhere and the best of all, free to take part!

Opening hours

Every Tuesday 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Singer Song Writer Night

When? Every Wednesday

Where? The Clare inn, 274-278 Dominion Road, Auckland

The Clare Inn is a great example of an Irish Bar and the real Irish atmosphere and a genuine welcome! On every Wednesday organise The Clare Inn an Singer Song Writer Night. This means a lot of unknown artists who are going to perform their own songs! Visit The Clare Inn and maybe you will be the first person who has seen the new Ed Sheeran!

Together with the Singer Song Writer Night organises The Clare Inn more great events –Darts Night, Poker Night and a lot more live entertainment- that are free to visit. Go to http://www.theclareinn.com/news.php and see what’s on every week!

Opening hours Singer Song writer Night

Every Wednesday 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Alpaca Show
When? Saturday 5 September

Where? 102 Curletts Road, Sockburn, Chrischurch City

South island Colourbration Alpaca Show Saturday 5 September from 8am till internex 55:50pm. Go to it and have look at the fantastic Alpacas on show. This is one of the top three Alpacas shows held in New Zealand each year, open for public and free!!

Opening hours

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

 

Imagine Dragons

When? 8 September

Where? Vector Arena

Imagine Dragons is an American Rock band from Las Vegas. The band gained exposure following the release of their debut studio album, Night Visions. The band is known by some great hits like; I bet my life, Demons and many more. The band comes to Auckland on the 8th of September in the Vector Arena. The band won two American Music Awards for favourite internex 6Alternative Artist, a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, five Billboard Music Awards and a World Music Award. The band was also nominated for different other Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist of the Year.

Go to http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/Imagine-Dragons-tickets/artist/1435919 and take a look at the prices of their concert.

 

Auckland vs Manawatu

When? 9 September

Where? Eden Park, Walters Road, Auckland

Auckland’s rugby proud plays their next game in the ITM Cup in Eden Park against Otago. You need to visit a game in Eden Park during your stay in New Zealand. The game starts at 07:35 pm.

Tickets are available from $15.00 visit http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/itm-cup-2015-auckland-v-auckland-new-zealand-09-09-2015/event/24004EEDD8F32B4F?artistid=1055483&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=694&tm_link=artist_msg-0_24004EEDD8F32B4F to buy your tickets.

 

Cats The Musical

When? 11-20 September

Where? The Civic, Auckland 

Cats one of the greatest musicals of all time, returns to New Zealand for a strictly limited time! One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, Cats has enchanted more than 73 million people in over 300 cities around the world, winning numerous awards including Olivier and Tony awards for Best Musical!

Tickets

Visit http://www.catsthemusical.com/nz/ to see the availability and prices of the tickets.

ITM Cup 2015 – QBE Harbour vs Counties Manukau

When? Saturday 12 September

Where? GBE Stadium, Stadium Dr, Auckland

Colours Day! It’s all about your Harbour and Club Colours today.
Get along to a great game at a great time and wear your Club Colours with pride.
The ITM Boys will be wearing their Club socks in recognition of grassroots rugby and supporting their Clubs.

Visit http://tickets.harbourrugby.co.nz/tour/view/699 to buy your tickets!

 

Mud Monster Mud Rush

When? 12 and 13th September

Where? Long Bay Primary School, 23 Ralph Eagles Place, Auckland

Harbour Sport holds their mud Monster Mud Rush event each year at Long Bay Primary School which involves completing a 2.5km muddy obstacle course with your friends and family. This event provides Families with a fun day out, a unique and entertaining event where anyone is welcome! Prepare to get more than your hands dirty! A guaranteed day of laughter.

Who dares????

Visit http://mudmonstermudrush.co.nz/ for more details of this event and to sign in!!

ITM Cup 2015 – Auckland vs Otago

When? Sunday 13 September

Where? Eden Park, Walters Road, Auckland

Auckland’s rugby proud plays their next game in the ITM Cup in Eden Park against Otago. You need to visit a game in Eden Park during your stay in New Zealand. The game starts at 2:35 pm.

Tickets are available from $15.00 visit http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/itm-cup-2015-auckland-v-auckland-new-zealand-13-09-2015/event/24004EEDD9E22B71?artistid=1055483&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=694&tm_link=artist_msg-0_24004EEDD9E22B71 to buy your tickets.

 

Rugby World Cup 2015

When? 18 September – 1 November
Where? London

It is World Cup Time! The proud of New Zealand is going to London to win the World Cup for the third time in their History. – New Zealand won the internex 7World Cup in 1987 and 2011 – It is hard to visit the World Cup because it is in London. But you can see the All Blacks in every bar in New Zealand. The matches are at midnight in New Zealand, but the bars gets the opportunity to stay open till midnight. Visit one of the matches in the bar and support the All Blacks to the third World Cup victory!

Visit http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/ to see when the All Blacks are playing and against who!

Auckland On Water Boat Show

When? 24 – 27 September

Where? Harbour of Auckland

Whatever your on water passion –fishing, big yachts, small yachts, powerboats, water-skiing, jet skis of paddle-boarding- get along to September’s Auckland On Water Boat Show.

Check out a wide variety of boats on and off the water as Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour becomes a giant floating boat showroom and the surrounding wharf is packed with all shapes and sizes of powerboats, yachts and personal watercraft.

Opening hours

10am – 6pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday

10am – 5pm Sunday

Tickets online available from 1st August 2015

Adult day pass $18.00

Adult 4-day pass $27.00

Go to http://www.auckland-boatshow.com/ for more information about this event.

Wiz Khalifa

When? 25 September

Where? Vector Arenainternex 8

Another big star is coming to the Vector Arena, New Zealand, Auckland, Wiz Khalifa! Wiz and Khalifa is an American rapper, songwriter and actor. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006 and signed to Warner bros after his first album. Wiz Khalifa is known by his hits; See you again ft. Charlie Puth, Say so, lit and many more.

Go to http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/Wiz-Khalifa-tickets/artist/1256402 and take a look at the prices for this concert!