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INTERNeX New Zealand: New team member!

Hi everyone!

My name is Natalia Moncada, the newest member of INTERNeX New Zealand. I am a 26 years old, social communicator from Bogota, Colombia.

I have worked in different companies, such as Kimberly-Clark Colombia, PwC Mexico, and Havas Worldwide Vale Mexico. I have experience in communications, marketing and advertising. In my previous job, I created advertising strategies for different brands in the entertaining, retail, and food industries.

I am now studying Digital Marketing here in Auckland and will be working at INTERNeX 20 hours per week around my studies.

I will be in charge of supporting administrative activities in the company and also optimising internal and external communications.

I have always loved to travel and I’ve been very lucky to see some amazing places already. Now that I am in New Zealand I’m looking forward to discovering more wonderful places in this country (especially hiking places).

I am very excited to work with the INTERNeX team and to get to know all our travellers and partners.  I want to help as much as I can and have fun while doing it.

Feel free to email me anytime on Natalia@internexworld.co.nz

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INTERNeX New Zealand: New Intern

Hi everybody,

My name is Lisanne Stevens, I am 19 years old and I grew up in a very small town in the Netherlands called Hank. As this town is so small, I wanted to spread my wings and see more of the world. To do this, school give me the perfect opportunity. This because of the fact that I am studying International Leisure Management. A study in which you need, as the name already says, international experiences. And what is better than an international experience in a big city on the other side of the world?? Therefore, I grabbed my chance to be an intern at INTERNeX New Zealand and I got the spot. So, here I am as the “new intern”.IMG_4143 (2)

I am really excited about this internship, as I am a member of a team that helps you to travel to New Zealand, see this beautiful country and enjoy their stay. Furthermore, during my internship I hope to learn as much as possible and I am also really excited about meeting all of you guys! And I can promise you already that I will do everything that is within my power to make sure that you have a travelling experience which you will never forget!

Next to my internship, I also want to see as much as I can from the beautiful Auckland and New Zealand as well as getting to know the New Zealand way of living. And the best way of exploring Auckland and New Zealand for me is doing this with you and my camera. I love to make pictures and spend time with friends. Another thing I also really like, is diving. I am a diver and therefore, I would also like to explore the underwater world of New Zealand. But the most important part of my experience is creating great memories!

However, I can tell you even more about myself but I also want to get to know you! So, I hope to see you all as soon as possible!

INTERNeX New Zealand: Tropical Escape to Fiji

While NZ might be full of awesome things to do in winter, for those of us drawn to the heat, a tropical island escape may sound more appealing….

Fiji is an island country located in the South Pacific Ocean, around 4 hours away from New Zealand. It is made up of more than 330 islands – majority of which were formed through volcanic activity. Fiji has long been a popular holiday destinations for Kiwis and those travelling through NZ, with its beautiful beaches, hot weather, friendly local people, easy 3-hour plane journey, and the benefit of being in the same time zone as New Zealand.

We’ve put together a list of why a visit to Fiji should definitely be on your list of things to do during your time in the southern hemisphere:

  1. It’s close to NZ! Only 3 hours away. How often are you going to be this close to a beautiful south pacific tropical island?
  2. White sand beaches with hot weather all year round. Need we say more?
  3. The warm, welcoming nature of the Fijian locals. Fijian people are renowned for their incredibly friendly, welcoming nature.
  4. Snorkeling and Scuba diving. Fiji provides some of the world’s best snorkeling and scuba diving.
  5. Hiking – Fiji is home to some lush rainforest trails.

Fiji YachtingAt INTERNeX we work with Awesome Adventures Fiji who provide a huge range of Fiji island hopping adventures and tours. INTERNeX members are also eligible for an exclusive discount if you book your tour through us. To check out the full range of tours available, see http://www.awesomefiji.com. But remember to get in touch with us directly at INTERNeX to book, in order to be eligible for the discount.283145_2121197627423_6467880_n

Winter in New Zealand

Winter is definitely settling in here in NZ! Looking to plan a winter adventure, kiwi style? We’ve put together a list of reasons why NZ in winter is awesome:

  1. Less queues and no peak pricing: One of the great things about travelling New Zealand in winter is that it’s considered the ‘low season’, meaning you can check out some of the biggest tourist hotspots and avoid those crazy summer queues! Note: Avoid the school holidays if you can, as these tend to be busier times. https://www.govt.nz/browse/education/school-and-college/2016-school-holidays/
  1. Whale watching in Kaikoura: While sperm whales hang out in the Kaikoura coast all year round, come winter the humpback, pilot, blue and southern right whales stop by on their way from the Antarctic to the tropics! June to August is the best times to see them, plus with the added bonus of the beautiful snow capped mountain scenery.
  1. Hanmer Springs: Hanmer springs is located between Christchurch and Kaikoura, and is considered one of New Zealand’s best hot springs resorts. With picturesque scenery surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the famous thermal pools and spa (co.nz) are a beautiful place to relax.
  1. Queenstown: Know as the adventure capital of NZ, Queenstown is the perfect place for a winter adventure! With world class ski fields, beautiful scenery, bars, ski-touring and more, you’ll be sure to see some of the best winter scenery there is to offer.
  1. Baby Seals in Kaikoura!: The perfect spot for the animal lovers among us. There is a waterfall located 15 minutes north of Kaikoura (Ohau Waterfall Walk) which is filled with baby seals during the winter months 🙂
  1. For the snow sport lovers: NZ is home to 18 commercially operated ski fields. The three main regions that are popular among tourists are Mount Ruapehu (in the central North Island), the Southern Lakes (Queenstown and Wanaka in the South Island), and Mount Hutt (near Christchurch in the South Island).
  1. Ohakune Mardi Gras: Known to be the premier winter street party of the season, this is an awesome way to welcome the cooler months with local and international artists, street performance, fireworks, and an atmosphere like no other. For ticket information and more see: http://ohakunemardigras.co.nz/#_

NOTE: Stay safe on our roads. Be sure to take extra care on road trips, especially in winter where the roads are often icy. Make sure to check the conditions before beginning your journey, ensure your car is road safe with all defrosters, heaters, indicators, lights, tires, etc. are all in good working order.

We’d love to hear about your winter adventures. Let us know what you’ve got planned for the upcoming winter months in the comment box below.

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Fun, Fright, Flight/Fight, Fit

Those are the 4 different stages that everyone goes through when settling in a new country 🙂 Moving to another country is a big step and will always involve a lot of adjustments. This usually almost results in a culture shock, even though you will not be expecting this when you move to such a modernized country such as New Zealand. 

1. FUN

This is the first stage that someone will go through. In this stage everything is a lot of fun because you are meeting new people, you are seeing new places and this will carry you through the first few weeks that you will be here.

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2.FRIGHT

This is the point where you realize that you are in a different country, all by yourself without your family and friends from back home. It might feel like everything back home is going on as usual, and that you are missing out on a lot of things. 😥

fright

3.FLIGHT/FIGHT

This is where you get unsure about your decision to move to New Zealand. You are thinking about going home (flight) or about just staying here and fight for it.

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4.FIT

This is the final stage where you are feeling at home in New Zealand, everything is going the way that you want it to go and everything is AMAZING!

We are sure that you are just gonna skip the second and third phase because New Zealand is just an amazing place, the people are extremely nice and welcoming and you are never gonna wanna leave! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

INTERNeX New Zealand: Annual American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

Hello Guys and Girls,

Just letting you know that if you are a big ski or snowboard fan, this winter in New Zealand is     going to be perfect for you!! For the past 2 days there has been a huge snow storm in the South Island which caused around a metre to a metre and a half of snow!

Not only is this great for the ski-season, but it is also a big bonus for the annual American       Express Queenstown Winter Festival that kicked of yesterday! As you probably already know, the Kiwis are always looking for reasons to make a party, and that is exactly how this Festival      started!

Back in 1975 a couple of locals from Queenstown basically decided that the Winter is super amazing and that the start of it needs to be celebrated! Since then, the Festival grew to be one of the biggest celebrations of Winter! The Queenstown Winter Festival is a 10-day celebration including street parties, fireworks, local ánd international acts, comedy, family fun and heaps of more fun stuff!

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Bay of Islands 2015

Kia Ora Everybody! We hope you had a great weekend, because we definitely did with an amazing Stray tour up to the Bay of Islands!

On Saturday the 11th of April, Me (Yoran), Esmerlin, Joyce and two INTERNeX Participants started our great weekend full of fun. Our stray driver Muesli picked us up in front of the Stray office in Auckland at 7:20 AM (damn that was early).

On our way to the Bay of Islands we made several stops. We stopped a few times to use the toilet of course, but we also stopped at a huge Kauri Tree to do some tree hugging. After that, we stopped at a cute little farmers market to grab some breakfast.

In the bus on our way up to the Bay of Islands, our driver was just explaining what kinds of activities we could do on Saturday and Sunday. He was explaining a Hole in the rock tour with the possibility of seeing some dolphins, another boat tour, and then he told us that we could also do a Skydive…

Of course, as badass as we are, we just decided to do it and 2 hours later we jumped out of an airplane…

Joyce Skydive

The same night we had a great BBQ for only $12, and the next day we just decided to take it easy, take a ferry to the first capital city of New Zealand (Russell), and just walk around and let the beautiful view sink in. If you want to see any more pictures, take a look on our Facebook Page! (Link at the bottom)

We want to thank Stray for this great weekend!

If you have anything that you would like to do, and you would like to do it in a group, let us know! You can send us a private message on our Facebook Page, or you can email us!

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E-mail:           pr@internexnewzealand.com