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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

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. 😥

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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!

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/INTERNeXNZ?ref=hl

E-mail:           pr@internexnewzealand.com

INTERNeX New Zealand: The new PR team

Kia Ora Everybody!

Since a few weeks, we have a new INTERNeX PR Team, and we thought that today would be the right day to introduce ourselves to you all so that you know who you are talking to via e-mail and Facebook! This year, the PR Team does not consist of 2 interns, but 3! And we are now introducing ourselves!

Esmerlin Cepeda

Hola-Hello-Hoi,

My name is Esmerlin Cepeda and I am a 23 year young girl that was born in the Caribbean on a little Island called the Dominican Republic. Even though I have lived almost my entire live in the mostly cold but very friendly Netherlands, I enjoy going back to my motherland every year and discover the unique places.

My parents have always encouraged me to discover the world, learn more about cultures and build new friendships with people who speak different languages. They have always support me when it comes to making my own decisions and that is why I am here on the other side of the world called New Zealand.

For my studies, International Leisure Management at the NHTV university of Breda, it is a part of your Esmerlingraduation track to go on an international internship of seven months in total and work for company in your working field. I choose Internex, because it is not just making sure that our costumers are located somewhere on a farm, home stay family or New Zealand company. It is about engaging with them, learn them about the amazing culture of the inhabitants and becoming their friend. It is even more fantastic to show them what New Zealand has to offer and building memories together to take back home.

My personal goals for this journey is to learn of course more about how it is to work for a foreign company which mostly focusses on interacting with foreigners. I also want to develop my self on different aspects to become a better team player and eventually have the ability to take on the role of a great, efficient and respected project leader in the future. But overall I just go with the flow to collect awesome memories and adventures work wise and on a personal level.

Joyce de Ruiter

My name is Joyce and I am 19 years old. For the next coming months, I will call New Zealand my home. For now I am already enjoying it a lot, and I hope you will too.

I am a student in Leisure Management back in the Netherlands, and I am working for INTERNeX as part of my internship. Together with the rest of the team, we hope we can make your stay here unforgettable. We will be helping you out with booking trips, activities and any issues regarding to your stay here. I hope you learn a lot during your farmstay/internship, and that I learn a lot from working for INTERNeX .

Now a bit about myself. I live on my own now in Breda, but I am born and raised in Arnhem. A town famous for its role in world war II. I love to play field hockey with my friends, and to go out in the weekends. Besides that I am kind of a shopping addict. On sunny days I like going to festivals or the park with friends and some drinks.

I hope you will have a great time here in NZ, just like we do already. Looking forward meeting you all!

Joyce

Yoran Draër

Hi Everybody! My name is Yoran Draër, and I am an International Leisure Management student in Breda, The Netherlands. I am currently in my third year, and I am doing my internship at INTERNeX New Zealand.

One of my passions in life is to travel, which is one of the main reasons to do my Internship that far from home. The main reason for me to be here, is to keep all of you updated on Facebook and WordPress. Besides that, I am the person you will most probably be talking to if you want to book a trip of any other kind of activity.

My main goal during our Internship is to keep all of you satisfied and to help you as much as possible!

Yoran

Fun facts about the Netherlands!

Since all the interns are from the Netherlands, we thought it would be nice to have a little list with fun facts about the Netherlands so that you will get to know our culture and way of thinking!

  1. Our national dish is herring with chopped raw onions and pickles. The Dutch consume approximately 12.000.000 kilograms of herring every year, which means every person eats at least 5 fish.
  2. 70% of the world’s bacon comes from the Netherlands!
  3. The highest point in the Netherlands is only 323 meters above sea level. 25% of the Netherlands is below sea level, and 50% of the Netherlands is less than 1 meter above sea level.
  4. The Netherlands is the first country to legalise same sex marriages in 2001!
  5. 86% of the population speak English as a second language.
  6. The Netherlands is the worlds largest exporter of cheese, but secretly we prefer to eat it all by ourselves!
  7. On average, each person bikes 900KM per year, and we even have special bike paths all over the country! Besides that, we have more thatn 18.000.000 bikes in the Netherlands, which is more bikes than inhabitants!
  8. On Birthdays, we congratulate everyone at the party, not only the birthday-boy or girl.
  9. We love putting chocolate sprinkles on our toast. YUMM!
  10. The Netherlands and Holland are not the same! The Netherlands is the name of our country, but Holland is only a part of the Netherlands. Holland is the western part of the Netherlands where our capital city Amsterdam and other cities such as Rotterdam and The Hague are situated.

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Introducing… Jeroen and Anke

Hi guys and girls,

We hope you are enjoying your stay in New Zealand, we sure are! We have arrived almost (not even) one week ago, and we thought it would be time to introduce ourselves.

We are the new interns of INTERNeX International Exchange in New Zealand.. But who are we really??

Anke:

My name is Anke, and I am 22 years old. For 7/8 months I will be living and working in Auckland, this is all part of my education. I am studying International Leisure Management at the NHTV in Breda, which is in the south of Holland.

For the upcoming months I will make sure that you all have an even better time in New Zealand by keeping you up to date with the upcoming events and activities! I will even look for the best deals and discounts. I will put all these events, activities and deals on the facebook page of INTERNeX, everyone can join! What better way to spend your free time than meeting new people during great activities?? Exactly, there is no better way!

Okay.. Something about me. In the Netherlands I live in a very, very, very small village called Merselo. In this very, very, very small village I enjoy a sport called Korfbal (it is not really an international sport..), it is kind of something similar to basketball. In my free time I love going out with my friends, travelling, festivals and I am a bit of a movie and series addict….

So that’s me! Hope to meet all of you soon, and make some great memories!

 

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Cheers

Jeroen:

Kia ora! My name is Jeroen, quite a difficult Dutch name, you can pronounce it as the English equivalent Jerome! I am 21 years old and from the same study as Anke. I will also be in New Zealand for the upcoming 7/8 months!

Together with the INTERNeX team I will keep you up to date about all the cool stuff in and around Auckland and the rest of New Zealand and we will make your arrival and stay here as easy and comfortable as possible, without the loss of the adventurous feeling!

About myself: I love travel, nature, camping, photography and movies! So I guess you can say I came to the right place!

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Looking forward meeting you all, cheers!

 

INTERNeX New Zealand: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the year

Auckland Museum is currently exhibiting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This exhibition – which is on loan from the Natural History Museum in London- features close up encounters with the natural world.

There are backlit images of animals, landscapes and nature on display, with captions and fascinating back-stories.

Definitely worth a visit! These photos are on display from 25th April until the 3rd of August 2014.

Tickets are free with museum entry (museum entry is $25 for non New Zealand residents).

Getting there: Getting to the Museum is easy! You can walk through the Domain (a wonderful park located close to the city), or catch the LINK bus service (look for the red, green or orange buses). For more information about planning your journey, check out the website http://www.maxx.co.nz . This website provides information about public transport around Auckland City.