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Bye Bye Auckland

Hey everyone,

Today was my last day at INTERNeX. I had a great time here in Auckland and that was partly thanks to you all. It was great seeing you on the PuB NiGHTS, during weekends away when discovering the North Island, on the Christmas party or just in our office!

I learned a lot about INTERNeX and I really hope that I could be of any assistance for you whenever you came to me to see me!

So guys, I am off to the South Island and will start my life as a real backpacker from tomorrow onwards!

Take care and enjoy New Zealand!



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)



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!

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

Ballet in New Zealand

Hey everyone,

How are you doing? I am doing great! Enjoying daily life here in Auckland whle doing my internship here at INTERNeX. At the moment I am looking into a couple of things to do here in Auckland in order to make the most out of my stay here. One of the things that I am very interested in is dance. Being a dancer myself, I like to go the performances of all kinds of dance, like modern, hip hop and contemporary. I also like to go to one mayor ballet performance every time when I go abroad. I already saw Giselle in Havana by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Balanchine’s Nutcracker in New York by the New York City Ballet during the Christmas period and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (the version with all men as swans) the last time I was in New York. So now I am in Auckland I can not miss out on going a night to the theatre to watch the Royal New Zealand Ballet in action.

Fortunately they are coming to Auckland (as they are based in Wellington) between the 30th of November and the 4th of December with Sleeping Beauty, a piece I have never seen before. So I am very looking forward to see New Zealands best ballet company here. It is also a chance to hear the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra playing the beautiful music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography will be by Greg Horsman after Marius Petipa. Tickets cost between $37 and $140. If all these names say nothing to you, maybe all the more reason to see a classical ballet here in Auckland as part of your intercultural experience. So I am going anyway, so if anyone wants to join me, just let me know!

Cheers, Lotte

13th PuB NiGHT

Hey guys,

How are you doing? I hope you are enjoying this amazing country as much as I am. As many new Interns have arrived, we think it is definitely time for another INTERNeX PuB NiGHT! The PuB NiGHT is great opportunity for you guys to meet eachother, discuss your travel plans and make new friends.

We will start off in Rakino’s and afterwards we go to Casette with whom we have made a great deal: We’ll get one free Teapot and a garlic bread per party of 4. So that sounds very promising! Also, Chris is putting in a tap, so the first drink is on us! All the more reason to come to the 13th PuB Night!

When: Thursday the 20th of October

Where: Rakino’s and Cassette

Meeting point: from 19:00 at Rakino’s (Level 1, 35 High St, Auckland CBD)

Please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail to We are looking forward to seeing all of you and to having a great night!



And again a new intern!

Hi everyone,

There is again a new face at the INTERNeX office! My name is Lotte May Heida. I am from Holland, but I have been living in Switzerland for the last 3 years. I have studied European Studies in The Hague and afterwards I have been working in Switzerland. I also did another study in dancing in Switzerland, which I finished in July. After all this hard work, I felt like it was necessary to get a change of location again and this is how I came to INTERNeX New Zealand. During my studies I worked together with people from all over the world. I absolutely loved to learn about different cultures, different values and simply different ways of life. Which is why I am very much looking forward to working here at INTERNeX and meeting all of you!

I have arrived here last wednesday, so I am still learning about Auckland and of course about New Zealand in general. This is why I went on friday on the free bustour of STRAY around the city. It was a great way of getting to know other people, getting to know Auckland and it also offered the opportunity to get some amazing views of the city. There was a little game at the site of the skytower and one of the group won the prize of jumping off the skytower. I was very happy it wasn’t me who won this prize as I don’t like to throw myself off of buildings voluntarily. Afterwards we went for lunch in a pub where we also got the chance to taste some New Zealand beers. As grand finale, we went to the harbour bridge where some of the group again took their chances of taking a discounted (because we were with STRAY) bungeejump.

So I am looking forward to meeting you and don’t hesitate to contact me, Robin or Chris if you have any questions about your stay here in New Zealand. Also, contact us when you’re making your plans for travelling around New Zealand, as we might be able to get you some special deals.