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INTERNeX New Zealand: Meet the fun team!

This month the INTERNeX fun team has arrive to Auckland. They are 4 Dutch students that are here for around 6 months. Let’s meet them:

Daniëlle Hoorn

Hi, my name is Daniëlle Hoorn, I am a 24 years old student from the Netherlands and for the next 7 months I will be an intern at INTERNeX New Zealand. I am looking forward to improving my skills in the leisure management industry, which is the area that I am studying in.

I love traveling and immersing myself in the culture of the country where I am. What I like to do most is socialising with different people, that’s why I am so happy that I have the opportunity to be an intern at INTERNeX in New Zealand.

Working with INTERNeX gives me the chance to meet many different people from all over the world and to help them make the most of the time in New Zealand.

In my spare time I like to shop, hang out with my friends and go to the movies. I am very excited to meet new people, explore this beautiful country and make memories for a lifetime.

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Melanie Berberich

Hi everybody,

My name is Melanie Berberich and I am a 21-year-old Dutch student. The next 7 months I will be doing an internship at INTERNeX and I will be part of the FUN team!

In the Netherlands, I am studying Leisure management at the NHTV in Breda. This is a university in the south of the Netherlands where I was living before I came to Auckland. At the moment, I am in my third year and in my study, I am mainly focusing myself on the cultural venues within the Leisure industry. After I graduate I can work as an event manager at a music venue, theatre, museum or maybe a cultural festival.

I would like to describe myself as an open-minded person who likes to help people and experience new adventures all the time.

At home, I already worked for an event company that organised sports activities. In my time here I organised multiple activities and some big events.

In my free time, I like to meet with my friends, travel around the country, visit a museum and I do a lot of volunteering work.

I am very excited to work for INTERNeX and cannot wait to discover New Zealand!

Best wishes!

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Els Martens

Hi everyone,

My name is Els Martens and I am a 19-year-old student from Holland. I will be joining the INTERNeX FUN team for the next 7 months.

Back in Holland I am studying leisure management. I am learning how to organise different kind of events. I am currently in the third year of my study and I already have done/learned so much.

I love to help people. I only feel that my job is done when everybody is smiling. I also love to experience all kinds of new things.

At home, I like to keep busy so I am involved in lots of different activities. Those activities reach from organising fun weeks for kids to guiding adrenaline routes for adults.  Besides that, I also like to do some volunteering.

In the time that is left I love to meet with my friends and see lots of different places. I also really like to have a good time and just do some spontaneous things.

I am really looking forward to working at INTERNeX and I am ready to give it my best!


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Maarten Bakx

Hi guys, my name is Maarten Bakx, I am 23 years old and I am from the Netherlands. This semester I am starting my internship at INTERNeX New Zealand.

I am a positive, social and open minded person who is experienced in organising activities for large groups. I study commercial economics IEMES at Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg. IEMES stands for International Event Music Entertainment Studies. At Fontys Hogeschool they teach us how to create and manage activities and how to manage the financial part of it.

In my spare time I was part of a commission that organises activities for Tilburg University, mostly sport-activities. Those projects require planning, social media activities, preparing and executing activities. I find these projects exciting and enjoy learning the new skills that come with it. Teamwork, communicating, approaching different people and taking initiative are skills that I have learnt and look forward to improving during my time with INTERNeX. We often get positive reactions about our activities and this gives me the energy to start a new adventure!


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Welcome to the Team Milou!

Hi everyone,

My name is Milou and I will work at INTERNeX New Zealand for the upcoming 4 months. I am 21 years old and a graduate student from the Netherlands.

I grew up in Teteringen, which is a small village next to the popular student city Breda in the south of the Netherlands. I have been studying International Leisure Management at the NHTV and nearly finished this study. In New Zealand, I will research the communication and relationship between INTERNeX and the (active) farmstays as part of my graduation assignment.

Last year, I did my internship at one of the biggest wedding planners of Malta (Y Plan Events Ltd.). Although I had an amazing time, I came to New Zealand to work for a completely different company and experience; already enjoying it to the fullest!

I will be in contact with the participants of the farmstays in the upcoming months so keep an eye on your inbox! 🙂 If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to have a chat!





Stray North Island

After New Year I have been on a 2 week holiday trip with Stray. I started in Rotorua and had an amazing trip around the east coast with Lantern (Fun fact: they get their nickname when they do their training trip from their coach

20170103_201832.jpg) as driver. The weather was really bad when we were leaving Rotorua but when we arrived at our first overnight stop in Te Kaha the weather cleared up. First we were meeting the family who are the hosts of the homestay. With a big group we were going to the beach and played some games in the water and some people took a kayak and went out on the see. After a good time in the see we went in the jacuzzi and had a good time with some drinks. Then it was time for the seafood buffet. It was delicious. Then we went for some music and some games. We had to think of our own song and we made our own text on the song Take on me from a-ha. They loved it.

received_1491442484218902The next day we were heading to Tatapouri. First we were going to the most eastern lighthouse of the world. The weather was beautiful and we had to walk up 800 steps to reach the lighthouse. After that we were moving on to Tatapouri. There you had the option to feed stingrays!! That was so much fun to do. The stingrays are not captured but are just living in that area. I believe there were 7 or 8 angel rays and 1 short tale stingray, so quite a lot. We bought drinks on the way to the coasts and played some fun games during the night. The next morning you have the chance to see the first sunrise in the world!!

After the first 2 nights it was time to head back to Rotorua. The first stop was Gisborne where we had some lunch and some time at the beach. Then we had to move on to Rotorua and were passing White Island what is an active volcano. In Rotorua we meet up for a drink in the bar and had a fun night and had to say goodbye to some people and our driver Lantern.20170105_103934.jpg

After spending 1 spare day in Rotorua we moved on to Lake Aniwhenua with our new driver Romeo. It was the day for a cultural experience. First we stopped in the middle of nowhere and our guide was taking us to old Maori carvings in the middle of the forest. It was quite special to see. After seeing the carvings we were going to their village and had a cultural ceremony. Afterwards we were heading to the lodges wer20170107_201731.jpge we stayed for the overnight and we had the best weather ever and had time to chill. You could sign up for some activities. You could go cooking, learning the Haka, weaving and night ealing. I signed up for the Haka and night ealing. Doing the Haka and learning some self-defence was quite fun, and heard from the people who did the cooking it was so much fun. They made us the bread for the ‘Hangi’ meal. It was really good. After the dinner it was time for night ealing. That was really a nice thing to do. I catched two eals!

The next day we moved on and were heading to Whakahoro with a stop in Taupo. In Taupo I did a Skydive! I went up to 12000 ft and jumped out of a plane. I really recommend to do it once in your life and why not here in New Zealand. It is such an amazing experience! Everyone else had a nice 2 hour break in Taupo.


After that we moved on to the Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro. That is seriously in the middle of nowhere without any mobile connection. We stayed there for 2 days and it was amazing. On the first night we had dinner from the Argentinian chef that works at the station. In the evening we had a img-20170115-wa0004campfire and had a good evening, it definitely made the group closer. On the 2nd day it was time for the activities. I personally did some hunting, kayaking and clay bird shooting. It was such a good day and I don’t regret of buying the Blue Duck pass with Stray.In this pass is accommodation, food and 3 activities are included so you don’t have to buy anything for 2 days. It is so worth it! In the evening a 2nd bus of Stray arrived and had a pretty good time with them as well and meet up with some other people who were on the same bus as us before but who hopped off somewhere on the route.
The next day we were heading to National Park where Stray normally does the Tongariro Alpine Crossing but we couldn’t do that because the wind didn’t allow it unfortunately. So we had a relaxing day and I think some people didn’t really mind but of course they preferred to walk the Alpine Crossing.20170113_111506.jpg

Last stop of my trip was Wellington. They are not joking about windy Wellington. It was so windy, almost storming. First we went with a group to the museum, where you could see some history about New Zealand and the animal life in New Zealand.


We had a goodbye drink in the bar and I played some beer pong with Santa. I spend one more day in Wellington and went up a hill with a cable car to the gardens. After that we went to a small cinema with really nice seats and watched a movie. In the evening we were meeting up with the people who didn’t went to the South Island in a nice restaurant and had a really good time. On Friday it was time to move back to Auckland. But it was such an amazing trip and I am happy that I did it with Stray!

When you are really excited about this story and want to travel with Stray as well. Let us know and we can help you with booking it and give you a INTERNeX discount!



New intern

Hi Everyone! My name is Michelle van den Bos and I am the new intern at INTERNeX. I am born and raised in Dordrecht which is located near Rotterdam in the Netherlands. I am 23 years old and I study International Leisure Management.

2017-01-17-16-28-26As the name of my degree already says it is very international, before I came here to do my internship I was in the USA for an exchange program. Besides that I have already worked on a summer camp in the USA, on a camping in France, and as an Au-Pair in London.
As you may imagine I love to live and work abroad, and it may not surprise you that one of my main hobbies is to travel and experience new cultures/places.

In addition to travelling I also like to do sports, before I started my Leisure Management degree I studied sports. My favourite sports are: korfball (which no one will know), skiing, snowboarding and scuba diving.

I’m looking forward to start my internship and help you all with, hopefully, the best experience of your life! I hope I will be able to answer all of your questions and I’m looking forward to meet everyone.

What to do in Rotorua?


20161112_142632When you have seen the movies of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ then this is a place you have to see when you are in New Zealand! With 52 hobbit holes in a beautiful area around Matamata. You will have a guided tour through the whole village, combined with information about how they filmed it and when they used it in the movie. Once you have visited the hobbit holes you are going to the part of the village where the bar ‘The Green Dragon’ is located. There will get a drink and you have some time to explore the area. Afterwards, the tour is finished you can buy some unique merchandise in the shop to remember Hobbiton when you are back home!


Kaitiaki Rafting

Are you into adventures, then you definitely have to g13o rafting. You will have so much fun and an amazing time on the raft! It’s an experience that starts by changing into all your gear, after which you will hop on the bus for 2 minutes to get to the place of action. Then once you are in the raft, the rafting immediately starts, by being in the middle of a beautiful forest. You will have some strong currents and amazing waterfalls during your time in the boat and a good swim! The 7 metre high waterfall is the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall! So it is a great rafting experience that you will not forget!


ogo-rotorua-sidewinder-1024x682Do you always wanted to roll of mountain in a big plastic ball. Do this at OGO Rotorua. There are different options that you can do. A straight track down the hill, criss-crossing down the hill with the Sidewinder and the Dry OGO. Yes you understand it right, with the first 2 options you will be wet! It is so much fun and you will have an amazing time!


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When you like outdoor activities like hiking and walking, this is a really good spot to go to! With Californian Coast Redwoods in the Whakarewarewa forest it is so beautiful! There is a big network of superb mountain biking,  walking tracks and also horse tracks! You can also have a walk high up in the massive Redwood trees. Over 5600 hectares of forest this is an amazing place with great panoramic views!

Polynesian Spa

largeAfter all the time working, it could be nice to have relaxing time. Then you can go to the Polynesian Spa,  a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat! It is nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua, with 28 mineral pools out of 2 natural springs. Polynesian Spa is recognised as one of the top 10 spas in the world!


Tamaki Maori Village

warriors-perform-a-haka-with-taiaha-weapons-at-tamaki-maori-village-rotoruaThe nr.1 cultural attraction of New Zealand is the Tamaki Maori Village. Do you want to learn more about the culture of the Maori then you have to go here. With some information and interactive games you will learn more about the culture. You also have a chance to learn the Haka and you will see a couple of Haka’s during your time in the village. At the end of the tour you will get a delicious Hangi meal!

Rotorua Canopy Tours

canopy-toursThis is New Zealand’s only Native Forest Zipline Canopy Tour. You will get into a native New Zealand forest that is breathtakingly beautiful. During this 3 hour tour through the forest you will cross a 1.2 kilometre network of 6 ziplines, swing bridges, treetop platforms and little hikes up to 22 metres high! The tour funds a massive conservation project to protect the native plants and birds! You also get a lot of information of the native plants and birds!


skyline_3v_14Is it time to just have some fun without having it booked before, then Skyline Rotorua is an amazing place to go! You have to go up with a gondola and you will have an amazing view over Rotorua! Then on top, you dan do different activities, but the luging is definitely recommened. Luging can be compared with playing Mario Kart in real life, in combination with a beautiful view. For luging, you can choose between 3 different tracks of different skill levels while having an amazing time!


waiotapu-aerialThis is literally a thermal wonderland! It is a beautiful landscape with geothermal activity. Explore the spectacular nature at New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area. There are great tracks where you get past all the unique volcanic features.


Te Puia

visit-te-puia-and-see-the-pohutu-prince-of-wales-te-tohu-and-kereru-geysers-across-the-puarenga-sExplore the Whakarewarewa, a 60 hectare Geothermal Valley. There are the famous Rotorua mud pools and 500 geothermal wonders, including the Pohutu Geyser, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest geyser. You will see iconic native New Zealand Kiwi Birds in the Kiwi House. And you will also see some traditional Maori carving and weaving. Together, this all gives you a lot of information about the Maori Culture as well!



A roadtrip to the most northern part of New Zealand!

When you have a couple of days off and you would like to go on a short trip where you can do some great activities and enjoy the beautiful nature we have here in New Zealand than we have a great idea for you guys. Just go all the way up to the most north part of New Zealand!

You can rent a car or book a Bay of Islands trip with Kiwi Experience. We chose to rent a car and on the first day we drove all the way up to Cape Reinga. During our first day we had some stops to enjoy the amazing views, for example one of our stops was at 90 Miles Beach.

90 Miles Beach is the beach on the West Coast of the most north part of New Zealand, it is a very touristic spot because of the fact that the dunes are looking much like a desert landscape and you have an endless view over the West Coast.


Beside the view, 90 Miles beach is the perfect spot for sandboarding! Sandboarding is something that you can only do over here in New Zealand because of the high dunes. When you drive to 90 Mile Beach you will see many places where you can rent body boards and they will tell you where the closest place to Sandboard is.

Walk to one of the highest dunes, prepare yourself for a crazy experience and go! I promise you, after you do it you will definitely want to do it again because it is so fun and when you are at the top of the dunes you have an amazing view of the terrific landscape.


After a long day we finally arrived at Cape Reinga. Cape Reinga is generally considered the separation marker between the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. From the lighthouse it is possible to watch the tidal race, as the two seas clash to create unsettled waters just off the coast. At the moment we were there, the sea was not rough at all, so it was really difficult to see the point where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean are coming together. We walked up to one of the hills they have over there to watch the beautiful sunset.


That night we drove to Paihia, known as the Bay of Islands. We slept in Base hostel and woke up the next day really early to enjoy the last day of our trip! We booked a hole in the rock dolphin tour. Which includes a free ferry ticket to Russel, that’s a little city across Paihia, the cruise would pick us up over there so we went for a walk and a lunch to prepare ourselves for the three-hour cruise. During the cruise the skipper told us a lot of things about the different Islands, halfway the cruise we visited the Hole in the Rock, saw some seals and took a lot of pictures.


But the best part of this day was the fact that we saw a lot of dolphins! It’s even possible to swim with them if you would like to pay for this experience! Unfortunately, it wasn’t allowed that day because there were baby dolphins and when there are baby dolphins you are not allowed to jump into the big ocean to swim with them. But I’m sure I will come back another day, because you will never get bored of New Zealand and all the amazing activities you can do over here.

I hope you guys will all take your chance to visit as many places as you can here in New Zealand, even when you only have a couple of days off it’s still possible to go out and enjoy the landscape and crazy activities. When you have a question about this trip, about other travel advice or something completely different. Don’t hesitate to send me an email to and I will help you guys with all your questions!



East Coaster Stray

Hi guys,

I hope you are all enjoying your time in New Zealand and excited about the summer that is on its way. 14859417_991795610955032_889228321_o

On Saturday morning I started my adventure with Stray on the East Coaster, which of course goes to the East Coast of New Zealand. I first made my way to Rotorua to start my adventure and our first stop was at Canopy Tours . This is a must do activity in New Zealand and is highly recommended! After the canopy adventure we went for dinner at the Lava Bar in Rotorua and as it was Halloween we all got dressed up together and had a great night!

At 9 o’clock in the morning the adventure continued and we made out way to Te Kaha, stopping along the way to check out the beautiful sights and scenery. There are so many beautiful places in New Zealand and I can tell you the views on the East Coast are literally amazing. After enjoying all of the little view spots we arrived at Te Kaha where we got to experience a jet boat adventure. It was so cool!

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At 3pm we arrived at our homestay accommodation in Te Kaha and met an incredible and lovely guy named Chay. The accommodation was at his beautiful house. Everybody was welcome and introduced to his family, the home was amazing. We could see the ocean views from the property and there was access to some really beautiful beaches. We all dropped our bags and headed to the beach to enjoy the view, sun and a couple of drinks together.

At Te Kaha there is so much to do, you can choose to hike, kayak, fish or just enjoy swimming at the beach! That night we got to relax in the hot tub stray-famil-1and then shared an amazing seafood buffet. Everything on the table was freshly made and the fish was caught by them – soo delicious! Just when we thought the evening couldn’t get any better we had a sing along with Chay. It’s namely a tradition that Chay sings for everybody that visits his home and out of respect we all sang a song for him as well.


At the end of the night we were so tired, we jumped into our beds dreaming about what kind of incredible adventure the next day would be.

The following morning we hopped on the bus again and drove to an incredible beach at Te Araroa where we stopped for a short break, before making our way to the most Eastern Lighthouse of New Zealand, which is also the most Eastern Lighthouse of the world. After taking the 800 steps up to the top of the Lighthouse, taking in the amazing view, we then walked all the way back down and drove to the only church in New Zealand that incorporates Maori Design. It was so beautifull! After this stop we drove to the longest wharf of New Zealand, namely Tologa Bay Wharf, which is 600m long.

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After all of these amazing stops it was time to make our way to our accommodation at Dive Tatapouri.stray-famil-3 A homestay that was again incredible to experience. It was right by the ocean and we got to celebrate another Halloween night with a bonfire. A big plus to this evening was getting to see the tiniest penguin in the world, the little bleu penguin. So cute!

The next day we all got up really early at 5am to see the first sunrise for the day in the world, which can be seen from Dive Tatapouri –  it was an amazing sunrise!

Seeing the sunrise was the start of a great day as we then went on to feed stingrays in the ocean. We got changed into these amazing wetsuits and each had a bamboo stick to help us follow our guide through the water. The stingrays started swimming towards us which was quite scary at first, but after a few minutes we realized they were really friendly and just wanted our attention like little puppies.

We got to pat them and feed them some fish by holding out our hand underwater and the stingrays sucked the food off our hand, it was such an incredible experience!

After feeding the stingrays, the trip had unfortunately came to an end and it was time to pack up and head back to Rotorua, however as I was having such a great time we decided to hop off in Whakatane to stay there for a few more days so we could visit White Island. That is the great thing about traveling with Stray, they are so flexible so you can hop on and hop off where ever we want for as long as you want and White Island was definitely somewhere we wanted to spend more time at!

White Island is the only active marine Volcano where you can see roaring stream vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcancic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid. Amazing right!!???

My time with Stray is something that I will remember forever and I hope you will take the time to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand.

This is  3 – 7 days tour with departures on Tuesday and Saturday mornings and for any of our INTERNeX’ers living in the Waikato or Central North Island remember this tour starts really close to you in Rotorua and only takes a minimum of 3 days, so you definitely don’t have to miss out on this travel opportunity!

Please let me know if you have any questions and if you would like to book this same trip just let me know by emailing

I hope to hear from you soon!




Kiwi Experience trip Taupo

After 4 days travelling we had a day off in Taupo. A bunch of people headed off to the hiking track of Tongariro, where Mount Doom is. All the others were recovering from the night before. It was nice to have a proper day off. I just went with a group of people to the beach and just hang out for a while. The weather was really nice and just throw a ball. Lake Taupo is actually a big volcanic crater, so on the beach you see a lot of things that are from the volcano like the rocks and volcanic glass.20161011_1737221

20161011_1723571After the beach I went to a thermal park. I got passed Taupo Bungy
and they have an amazing spot to have a bungy. The Waikoto river is so beautiful. Close to the river you have a stream that is heated and you can sit in the pools over there. It was such a nice place to be. In the evening we were going for a drink. It was so sad to have to say goodbye to everyone. You meet so many nice people!

I hope you all enjoyed the blogs the last days about my Kiwi Experience trip. I think the trip was amazing! If you have any questions about travelling with Kiwi Experience send an email to and ask me!


Kiwi Experience trip Rotorua to Taupo

20161010_103239We had to move on again. This day we are going in the direction of Taupo. We had to jump on the bus at 9.30am. In the morning you were able to do an activity. For example going to see the geysers and Kiwi birds in te puia and go zorbing at OGO. All the people who didn’t want to do an activity in the morning were going to Redwood forest for a short walk. There were enormous red trees and it was a beautiful short walk through the forest.

After we picked up the rest of the group at the activities we were going to Taupo. This day you had the opportunity to do a skydive. You can do a 15000ft or a 12000ft skydive in Taupo. A lot of people on the bus wanted to do that. When you are doing the skydive in Taupo, you have an amazing view over Lake Taupo and you will see Tongarario National Park with Mount Doom! The weather was really good and everyone loved it!
20161010_182158While some people were doing the skydive we had some spare time to just have a look around and enjoy. At 5pm I had to be in the harbour to jump on a sailboat, The Barbary. We were going with 20 people from the Kiwi bus on the boat and we had a really good time. The captains most important rule was having fun. We had a lot of fun, eating pizza, steering the boat, watching old carvings of Maori and see Mount Doom at the other side of the lake. It was definitely worth it!20161010_172417

Because this is our first place where we have 2 overnight stops, we could have fun in the evening and play some games in the bar and have fun with the people you have met during the trip!