Monthly Archives: October 2015

INTERNeX New Zealand: Mudd Rush

Hii Guys!
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It’s my turn again to write a blog for you! I have a really nice subject for this week. You may have seen it on our Facebook already but our PR INTERNeX team visited the Mudd Rush last week. It was so funny and we have some amazing pictures for you.
The Mudd Rush consisted of 24 obstacles and had a distance of 8 kilometers. The Mudd Rush obstacle course was5 pretty hard because they had a lot of challenging obstacles that tested my courage and of course there were also a lot of obstacles that just got me dirty. I was so glad this Mudd Rush was based on having fun with your team instead of doing burpies or push ups haha. It was still pretty hard and my muscles felt so sore the next day (actually for the whole week…) .

Our team was based on the PR INTERNeX team together with 2 other girls who are doing an internship with our INTERNeX programm. We called ourselves the INTERNeX Warriors! Because of the fact that I had to arrange the team for the Mudd Rush I made myself the Captian of the team but at the end all the girls were very glad that Mark came with us to lift us over the obstacles. Thanks Mark!

If you are reading this blog and feel bad because you were not there. Don’t worry!!! A lot of obstacle runs are coming in the next months. I searched them all up for you:
– 31 October in Queenstown. The Mule! The Mule events are terrain based obstacles combining mud, rivers, mixed terrain and hardcore obstacles to create the toughest of challenges for your team.
– 8 November in  Wainuiomata. Brookfield Butt Busta! The Brookfield Butt Busta is an off-beat event that is meant to take you into an area of exercise that is different, and takes you out of your comfort zone into a world you enjoyed as a kid.
– 22 November in Christchurch. Stadium Challenge! Stadium Challenge is the ultimate stair run and a unique running event. It gives you the chance to do something you can’t do any other day of the year.

– 9 April in Nelson. Wairua Warrior! The Wairua Warrior is an obstacle race to challenge your strength, endurance & mental attitude.
– 14 May in Auckland. Run for your freak’n Life! Run for your Freak’n Life is an intense 5 Kilometer obstacle race. You’re not only running against the clock and each other but you’re also running from brain-hungry, virus-spreading, Freak’n Zombies.

MUDDRUSH_2015_002808Sound good right? Let us know if you want to join an obstacle run and in this way we keep the team INTERNeX Warrior going!!

xoxo Joyce

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

11990469_907375476019918_135575475314838834_n Wow! We are already 10 weeks in New Zealand and time flies by! I enjoyed every single minute in New Zealand, the country is amazing and on every corner is there something beautiful to explore.

In the 10 weeks I am here now, I have spent the most of my time in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is a place where pristine bush, thriving native wildlife and rugged black sand surf beaches come together. The ‘wild west’ feels like another world away, but is only a 40-minute drive from the city of Auckland.

With over 250 kilometres of walking tracks, the ranges are a wonderful place to explore on foot, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Favourite scenic spots like the Karekare Falls, just a few minutes’ walk from Karekare beach, are very accessible.

The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park has a lot of different walking tracks. The smallest track will take you 15 minutes and the longest one will take you to the whole Regional Park and the track will take 4 days!

I already did some of the amazing walking tracks. If you walk this tracks, you will go back to the nature, and you will probably see nobody else than your company until the end of the track.

The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park has a lot of great (surf) beaches to offer, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Bethells and Muriwai. The beaches are all black sanded. Piha beacpiha-from-south1h is the oldest beach that is founded in 1934.

The best way to visit the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is to drive to the Visitor Centre, get all the information you want about every track there is. Go to the track you want to do and enjoy! You will see so many different tree’s, waterfalls, beautiful nature and if you are really lucky, some wild animals!

It is also an option to some the tracks with INTERNeX! The INTERNeX surf trip is almost every time at Piha Beach and we make some other stops at Waitakere as well! The first stop is the Visitor Centre with a great view of Waitakere, after the surf lessons on Piha Beach we are doing a small track from 30 minutes to visit a waterfall.

INTERNeX New Zealand: Things to do in Auckland

Hey everyone!

Since almost all of you are arriving in Auckland before you’re doing your farmstay, internship or hospitality, I thought it would be cool to write down a few things that you can do here in Auckland. Even if you only have one and a half days here, there are some pretty awesome things to do. Auckland has some great things to offer, so when you’re here, you don’t have to lay in bed all day274507301_dfe6b0beb1_b.

  • First of all the Sky Tower. The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications
    tower and is 328 metres tall. It has become an iconic landmark. The Sky Tower is part of the SKYCITY
    Auckland casino complex. You can go up the tower and have a 360 degrees view of Auckland. The tower also has the SkyJump, which is a 192 metre jump from the observation deck.
  • Auckland’s oldest park is The Auckland Domain and is also the largest park in the city. Auckland War Memorial is located in the park. The museum is all about the New Zealand history, natural history and military history. There is also a Wintergarden located in this park. The Auckland Domain is located on a volcano called Pukekawa and this is one of the oldest.
  • Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tãmaki is a public gallery in Auckland and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand. The Art Gallery offers free tours every day between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Besides that the entry is free and for some exhibitions you might have to pay. The collection includes holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and comtemporary art, and works by Mãori and Pacific Island artists.
  • The Auckland Harbour Bridge is a bridge over the Waitemata Harbour. It is part of State Highway 1 and the Auckland Northern Motorway. It is the second-longest bridge in New Zealand and the longest on the North Island. It is not just a bridge, you can actually bungyjump from the bridge. The bungyjump is 40 metres and you can also go on a bridge climb.

Besides these awesome things, you can also go up to the harbour and take the ferry to some amazing islands and places, like:

North Head, Devonport, and Rangitoto Island (distance) Auckland, North Island, New Zealand - Aerial

North Head, Devonport, and Rangitoto Island (distance) Auckland, North Island, New Zealand – Aerial

  • Devonport is one of the oldest suburbs. You can take great walks on the volcano’s or on the great beaches. Devonport has many art galleries, boutiques and gift shops, so you can also go shopping there. The village is a popular place to eat out and has a range of dining options to suit everyone.
  • Rangitoto is a volcanic island. If you walk to the top of the volcano, you have a 360 degree view of Auckland. There is literally nothing on this island, so if you go there make sure you take enough water and food with you. The recommended walk takes about an hour.
  • Waiheke Island is a beautiful island with 92 square kms of beaches, vineyards, olive groves, native bush and laid back seaside villages. There are some great activities you can do on the island, such as ziplining, ocean kayaking and mountain biking. But for the less-sporty people you can also enjoy a dinner in one of the restaurants.
  • Motutapu is also an island that doesn’t have anything, just as Rangitoto. The island is home to farmland, scenic walking tracks and a great view of the Hauraki Gulf. You can actually go camping on this island. If you go here, make sure you bring enough water and food since it’s a pest-free sanctuary.
  • If you go on the Harbour Cruise you get on the water and learn about the city. The cruise includes a free return ticket to Devonport and a brief stopover at volcanic Rangitoto Island.

If you’re not really that adventures and sporty, you can always go on Queen Street and enjoy the clothing shops up there. Queen Street is almost 3 km long so you can spend ALL DAY here or chill out at the Starbucks.

These are just a few out of a million things you can do in Auckland, but these are some things I already did or definitely going to do during my internship here.i434cax

Enjoy Auckland and if you want to do some crazy thing such as a bungyjump, EMAIL US and we can arrange it all for you!! (pr@internexworld.co.nz)

Cheers,

Celeste.

INTERNeX New Zealand: SURFTRIP

Hey hey,

We organised a surf trip last weekend and one of our participants wrote a cool blog about it. Check it out!

Hi there,

One of the things on my To-Do-List for New Zealand was definitely learning surfing. And since I’m not the only one with that wish, INTERNeX organized a Surftrip for us to Piha Beach last Saturday.

At 9.30 in the morning we were 8 people waiting to be picked up from Felipe, our Surfteacher, at the hostel. Our first stop was the Arataki Visitor Centre, where we had a great view over Waitakere Ranges, the ocean and could even see the Skytower and Rangitoto behind it. Then we drove on to our next stop: The Kitekite Falls. Only a half hour walk from the parking lot, this waterfall is a great place to go and see, even if you’re not a big fan of hiking. But since we were all looking forward to our final destination (the surfboards at the beach), we didn’t stay that long over there, took the direct way back to the car and arrived at Piha Beach around Lunchtime. After a half an hour break we could finally jump into the wetsuits and dive into the waves, which was a great feeling since I had come from hot summer in Europe to rainy Winter in New Zealand. And, as Mark promised (“What happens, if it’s raining?” “It’s not gonna rain”), the sun came out in that very moment. Felipe gave us a short instruction about the riptides at Piha and what we should do, if we get into IMG-20151007-WA0004one of those. After that, we learned how to jump on the board and stand on it, what everybody was able to do right away … in the sand of course. With the riptides and the technique in mind, we grabbed our boards and started the first real tries in the water. Luckily there were Felipe and Adam to help us catch our first waves, because otherwise, I would probably still stand there and wonder, which wave would be good to take. The feeling when you first ride a wave (just a very small one) is incredible! This feeling made us all trying over and over again, even if we fell off more than we stood on the board and swallowed half the ocean, when we got one wave after another in the face (which is according to Adam the funniest part of being a surf teacher). And we got better and better!

When the two hours were over, it was hard for Felipe to get us out of the water. Some of us had about three “one last wave”s. In the end we were all very tired but happy, so that half of the bus was sleeping on our way back into the city.

I really enjoyed the day and will definitely join again on the next trip! Even if I ate my Cornflakes like a robot the next morning, because the muscles in my arms, shoulders and chest were hurting…

Cheers,

Amelie

INTERNeX New Zealand: The Netherlands!

The Netherlands

Because all the interns are from the Netherlands, we thought it would be nice to spend or next blog about some things about the Netherlands. So you will know a little bit more about the Netherlands!

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If you ask the question of what the Netherlands is known for to Dutch and foreigners and you will always get answers like liberal, tulips, windmills, wooden shoes, cheese and canals. But the Netherlands is much more than these things. I get some interesting facts about the Netherlands that I would like to share with you.

  • First things first, Netherlands and Holland are not synonymous. Holland is largely the western coastal region of the Netherlands, comprising of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Leiden and the Hague.
  • The Netherlands was the first country who legalise same sex marriages in 2001.
  • The Dutch are the world experts on keeping back water from the sea and rivers turning the Netherlands into an Atlantis. The US government turned to the Dutch for help during the hurricane Katrina disaster.
  • The Dutch are the tallest in the world with an average height of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women.
  • 70% of the WORLD’s BACON comes from the Netherlands. You’re welcome.
  • The highest point in the Netherlands, Vaalserberg, is only 323 meters above sea level. The rest of the nation is as flat as a pancake.
  • The Dutch city of Eindhoven is also known as the ‘City of Light’ because the electronics giant Philips started there with products like light bulbs. Eindhoven is also known by the best football club of the Netherlands; PSV Eindhoven.
  • A person drinks on average 74 litres of beer a year in the Netherlands.
  • The Dutch are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers after the Scandinavians with an average of 140 litres of coffee a year or 3.2 cups coffee a day.
  • Dutch brewer Heineken is the 3rd largest beer brewer in the world with over 140 breweries in over 70 countries (included New Zealand). Back home, it owns around 50% of the Dutch beer market.

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  • There are specially-designated “bicycle roads” called fietspaden or bike paths all over the country and pedestrians cannot walk on them.
  • 86% of the population speak English as a second language.
  • Rotterdam is the second largest port in the world.
  • According to The Brewers of Europe, the Netherlands exports the largest proportion of beer production of any country in the world with approximately 50%.
  • Netherlands has the highest population density in Europa with 487 inhabitants per square kilometre.

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  • The Netherlands are the largest exporter of cheese in the world with a dairy industry turning over around 7 billion.
  • The world-famous tulips and tulip field of the Netherlands do not originate from the country. The first tulip bulbs were actually imported from Turkey.
  • Dutch electronic dance music has conquered the world with DJ’s like Armin van Buuren, DJ Tiësto, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Hardwell and many more. They exporting their music to the remotest corners of the world. The exports totalled 81.5 million in 2010, and raise every year.
  • One of the most popular snacks in the Netherlands is French fries dipped in mayonnaise. We eat those fries with some delicious snacks like Frikadel, Kroket and a Kaassouflé. You can taste them in some restaurants in New Zealand, like Dutch Delight.
  • Wooden shoes or like ‘klompen’ like we called them in the Netherlands, have been popular in the Netherlands for about 700 years as industrial footwear worn by farmers, fishermen, factory workers, artisans and others to protect their feet from injury and keep them dry.
  • Orange is the official colour of the Netherlands because of the House of Orange, who led the Dutch revolt against Spain and later became the Dutch royal family. That is the reason why every National squad of the Netherlands wear a kit in the colour Orange.
  • Despite the rainy weather, the Dutch use raincoats and rain suits instead of umbrellas because the wind is too strong and it an acrobatic feat to hold one and cycle at the same time.
  • It is the bicycle capital of the world with more than 18 million in the country. That’s is more than 1 bicycle per person.

INTERNeX New Zealand: What is on this month!?

Hey guys!!

We made a new event calender for October!! Check it out and go do some awesome things while you’re staying here in New Zealand.

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