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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 pr@internexworld.co.nz and I will help you guys with all your questions!

Cheers,

Fleur

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 http://canopytours.co.nz . 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.

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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 pr@internexnewzealand.co.nz.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Cheers,

Lisanne

 

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 pr@internexworld.co.nz and ask me!

Cheers!
Remi

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!

Kiwi Experience Trip Waitomo-Rotorua

The 3rd day we had to move on in the direction to Rotorua. We had to leave at 8.30am and our first stop was in Ruakuri Forest. We had a short walk there through the forest where you walking next to river that is passing through the mountains. On some places you have to get in the caves to stay on the track. You can get in to the caves and make nice pictures! After we did the walk we had to move on to Rotorua!
20161009_141509When we were heading to Rotorua we had the chance to visit Hobbiton as well. I didn’t do that but only the ride to Hobbiton was really beautiful and you will see why it was filmed in that area!  All the people on the bus who went there liked it really much! Because I didn’t do Hobbiton we had more spare time so I went with some people luging. You are going with a luge downhill. You can choose if you are going fast or not. It is really fun when you are going with some people and have a challenge as well. You have different tracks: scenic, intermediate and advanced. The advanced was closed but on the scenic one you have some places where you can stop and look around, the intermediate is a track where you can go down quite fast! Once we done that we had to move on to the hostel!

20161009_192739We had a couple of hours spare time over there so it was nice to have a chill for a bit. In the evening we got picked up for the Tamaki Maori Village. The bus driver told us a little bit about the village and the Maori village! The group needed a chief and one of us volunteered to be the chief. He needed to participate in a ceremony. No one was allowed to smile or move while the ceremony was happening. We got a show
from them what was including a Haka! That was great! After the ceremony we were going into the village and learned some things about the Maori Culture. We learned about the carvings, the Haka, movement and weaponry, artwork and a couple of traditional games. It was a lot of fun and really interesting to watch. Once we did all of the different houses we moved to another part of the village. The place where they cook the dinner. It is a hole in the ground with hot rocks and dirt on top where th20161009_203527ey cook the dinner in. After we saw the food we had a show with dances and singing. It was really nice to watch. Now it was time for the dinner. It was the traditional meal of the Maori, the Hangi! It was a huge buffet with delicious food. There were potatoes, veggies, chicken, lamb and a couple of side dishes! After everyone had eaten from that buffet, the dessert was coming up  and it was also really delicious. You can also book an overnight stay at the Tamaki Maori Village and those who did that had to perform a dance and the guys also needed to show us a Haka. And we also had a performance from all the Maori. The whole night you get a lot of good performances.

Unfortunately it was finished and we needed to go back to the bus heading to the hostel. This was actually quite fun because we were singing songs the whole time in the bus. This was a really good night, definitely worth your money and you have to experience it!

Hot Water Beach to Waitomo Caves

So first of all I will tell you a bit more about the trip that I am doing. It is with Kiwi Experience. You are going on the bus with a lot of other people, so you will meet a lot people! You are on a nice bus and the trips are not taking too long, because you will stop e ccouple of times during the road to get out into the nature! You can travel whole of New Zealand with Kiwi and you can book it with INTERNeX. If you want to book the activities that I am doing, just let us know and we can book it as well for you!

 

waitomo-caves-blogNow we go further on the trip. After a good first day we had to leave at 7.30 am. That was quite early for everyone! We went on the road heading to Waitomo. We stopped in Paeroa and had a coffee and did some groceries. Short after that stop we stopped at Karangahake Gorge Walk. There was a really nice walk where you had to cross 2 bridges first. After the bridge we had to walk up to the old mines. You are really walking on old train tracks that are going in to the mines. It is quite dark in there but

there were some stops where you had an amazing view over the river that is passing the mountain. After a really nice walk we had to go back and then we were going to the Waitomo caves to do Black Water Rafting.

I joined a group with the Black Abbys. After we fit on our gear we were going to the entrance of the cave. We had a few practice rounds abseiling before we were going into the natuur-mijn-blogcaves. You already guess it, we had to abseil in to the cave. The abseil was 35 meters and you are going down in a really dark space. Once you were down and you looked up you see the glow-worms. When everyone is down you are going to next obstacle, the Zipline! You are taking the zipline without lights and you get across a lot of glow-worms that are lighting your way down. After the zipline we had a nice hot chocolate and a snack to get warm before we go in to the water.  We got all a tube and had to jump in the ice cold water! First we got upstream and then we went down the stream with the tube. The guides showed us how the glow-worms are living in the caves. After the tube we needed to get up and float down the river. The current was quite strong. At a moment there was a slide. We all had to get off the slide and then we had hot orange juice and a
piece of chocolate. After the small break we  had a choice to get out of mijn-blogthe cave on the easy way or climb up the
waterfalls. I chose to climb up the waterfalls. It rained quite a lot the last days so there was a lot of water going down the falls. It caves-blogwas awesome to get up the falls! I really loved this and I really recommend to do this! It was an 5 hour trip so we got back around 8pm in the hostel. We decided with some people to go to the bar that is just a 1 minute walk and it was quite fun to hear the stories about that day from everyone! It was a really fun day!

Kiwi Experience Coromandel and Hot Water Beach

In the morning we left Auckland with the Kiwi Experience Bus. The bus is fully packed and when you look outside the weather looks really bad. When we were going out of Auckland you see that the nature is going to change very quickly. During the road the bus driver tells a lot about the places that we are passing.

We made a stop in Thames, to do some grocery shopping and the bus driver said we can get some drinks as well for the night because it was allowed to have drink at our accommodation! The weather was getting better and eventually the sun was shining! First we stopped at the accommodation and it was a really nice place to stay.

20161007_144029So we made a stop for like 3 hours at Coromandel.  From that spot we had to walk down for 40 minutes to Cathedral Cove. It was a really nice walk with an amazing view over the sea! After the walk we arrived at the beach and Cathedral Cove. It was beautiful and a really nice place to hang out with a group of people. Everyone took a lot of pictures and we played a bit of rugby with some people. We 20161007_151649had to go back unfortunately and walke20161007_175838d up
the road again. After that we were free to do whatever we wanted and get some food. So I had a good fish and chips and walked down to Hot Water Beach. That place is awesome! You have to dig a hole yourself (or take one that is empty!) and sit down. The water is warm and the sand is on some places too hot to walk on! You can have a drink at the beach and sit as long as you want until the water is raising again. Then walk back to the lodge and finish the day with a drink with the people you did meet during the day.

 

Piha Beach

What to do on a nice day? Let’s go to Piha!

Just a 1 hour drive from Auckland and you get to see the nature change from city to the beautiful beach of Piha. The drive takes you through the mountains and once you are on the other side you will see an amazing view of the beach!

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It is a long beach so ideal if you enjoy beach walks and it also has a giant rock in the middle of the beach which is called Lion Rock (because the shape of the rock replicates a lion!). It is an ideal place to chill, you can sit there for hours just taking in the scenery. T

This is also a beach where the surf is quite good but be careful as it can be a dangerous beach with strong rips and swells. On the weekends there are surf life savers so remember to swim/surf between the flags.

During our walk along the beach we got to see lots of sea life including a sea star, mussels and small fish!

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A couple of minutes walk away from the beach you will also ind the KiteKite track, which is a really nice hiking track to a waterfall! Once you enter the track you are immediately in a different world. You will walk through the forest and up the mountain to finally see the waterfall from the bottom. You can also choose to hike another 15 minutes to the top where you will see different pools that you can swim in.

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If you would like it to be more adventurous you can also book an abseiling tour down the waterfall, Just get in touch to ask how!

All this together is just an amazing place that you must visit!!

Visit Rotorua!!

Ever wanted to see a thermal area? Or are you really adventurous? Then take a visit to Rotorua. Rotorua the city for all kinds of activities, but also the area where you can enjoy the beautiful thermal wonders of New Zealand and from our own experience we can say that Rotorua is amazing.

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Some of the activities you can do in Rotorua (also called Rotovegas due to of all its activities and nightlife) are zorbing, rafting, canopy tours, luge and even more. One of the activities I did myself is taking the gondola up to Skyline Rotorua. There on top of the mountain you can do luge and as it is on top of the mountain you are racing down over a great track but also with an amazing view. It was just a moment of laughing a lot!

After this amazing fun experience, we both wanted to go into the nature a bit more and see those amazing lakes were everybody talks about. So we booked a half-day trip to Wai-O-Tapu Termal Wonderland. With this trip we saw the biggest mud pool of Rotorua, the pool where all the mud mask of Rotorua are coming from.

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After that we went to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. There we made our first round through the park, and unless the bad smell, it has the most beautiful spots that I have ever seen. In the park you can see all the geothermal activity, which creates for example the champagne pool.

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After this amazing visit in the geothermal park, we went to one of the geysers, namely Lady Knox Geyser. To see the eruption. And after that we had time to go into Wai-O-Tapu again and also to swim in one of the hot water pools, which is also an unbelievable experience.

That’s why I can definitely recommend to go Rotorua and enjoy all their activities as well as their beautiful nature!

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If you guys have any other questions, or plans to visit Rotorua and do all kinds of activities, just let us know (pr@internexworld.co.nz) and we will help you!

Cheers,

Lisanne

Visit Waiheke!

Spring is already here and it won’t take long before the weather gets better and we all can enjoy summer in New Zealand. During the summer there are a lot of beautiful places you can visit nearby Auckland. 40 minutes away from Auckland is Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island is the second largest island in the golf after Great Barrier Island. To visit Waiheke Island you take the ferry from Auckland to Waiheke and it costs $36 for a return ticket.

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There are a lot of things to do on the island and because the island is really big we recommended that you rent a car or a scooter so you can see many beautiful spots on the island. If you don’t have your driver license or you don’t want to rent a car or scooter, it is also possible to go by bus and there are many busses that run tours around the island which is also a great way to meet people if you are traveling alone.

One of the most popular things in Waiheke is winetasting. There are a lot of wine tours organized everyday where you are going to visit multiple vineyards and of course where you can taste many wines.

When I’m thinking about Waiheke I’m thinking about beautiful long beaches with the most amazing views. One of the largest and touristic beaches is Onetangi beach, it is halfway the north of the island and the view you have over the ocean is so beautiful! Just spent a day at the beach and enjoy the nature. But don’t forget to stay until the sunset, especially when the cloud is bright, because that’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

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When you want to know something about Waiheke or you have plans to visit but you still have some questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email to pr@internexworld.co.nz. We would love to help you guys!

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Cheers,

Fleur