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Tips and ideas for in the Christmas Holiday

Hi there,

This will probably for the most of us the first Christmas with good weather and without snow, hot chocolate, Christmas songs, snowman’s, chocolate fondue (okay we can do this anyway:), but it definitely will be different. You probably also will celebrate your Christmas without your family, but don’t be sad there are also a lot benefits of being here and celebrate your Christmas in New Zealand. Do you see yourself already lie on the beach, with your Christmas head and watching to some passing dolphins. Maybe it is even to warm to put your Christmas head, don’t worry they also sell reindeer ears. In this blog we will give you some tips and ideas about what you can do in your holiday in this sunny New Zealand.


– Do you want to see some dolphins, than it is a great idea to go to the Bay of Islands.There are also some beautiful beaches where you can get a good ten (of the weather is good off course). Stray and Kiwi experience are both driving up North. On their way they make both a few stops, but they are different. You can have a look on their websites for the stops. There is also a way to go as a day trip to the Bay of Island with the Naked bus or Intercity.

-Do you want to do something sportive, before you going to eat a lot of food at Christmas. It is a little bit a longer drive down south, but it is definitely worth to go there. National Park, a beautiful place to walk. They have the best day-hiking-trip of the world, called the Tongariro crossing. It takes about 7 hours to do the walk, but it seems to be great! A totally different landscape with beautiful lakes.

-Have you already been to Coromandel, No?! Great than this is your chance to go! Ever heard of the Cathedral Cove or Hot water Beach? That’s what you will see in Coromandel. Beautiful beaches, with just a few people, kayak tours, hot water beach, Cathedral cove, hiking tours, little villages, forests, diving etc.. One tip, bring your mosquito spray, because there are a lot of them in Coromandel.

-What about some more adventures activities in  Taupo and Rotorua. There are different extreme activities in Taupo and Rotorua, like rafting from a seven meter waterfall, abseiling in the Waitomo caves, tubing in the Caves etc.. But there is also a big culture part in Rotorua. Go to a marae and watch a Moari show and join the warrior dances and eat your food made on the Moari way, the Hangi.

Day trips

-It is almost impossible to spot a Kiwi bird in the wild, but there are different ways to see a Kiwi bird. Maybe less fun, but you can say you’ve see a Kiwi bird. But where, well off course in the Auckland Zoo, they have a few Kiwi birds. But beside these Kiwi birds, there are a lot of other animals who are fun to visit. In generally is the Auckland Zoo a fun place to spend one day of your holiday and a good thing it is not that expensive.

-Do you still have to buy your Christmas presents, don’t worry there is one place where they have everything and succeed is guaranteed. It is a huge shopping mall called Sylvia park, it is just outside the CBD. Only 20 minutes with the bus or train. Off course also great for just shopping 😉 Ask at the Britomart what is the best and cheapest way to travel to Sylvia park.

-You don’t have to travel far to go to the beach. There is a great beach, just outside the CBD, called Mission Bay. Really fun to go there on a sunny day. It is cheap to go there, only 2 dollars with the bus. You can also walk it, what is around 1 hour.

Have you already done all of this or do you want to do something else, you can always ask us for more ideas, no worries!


Lies and Luus

INTERNeX New Zealand: Photos of the Telecom Christmas Tree

More photos of the Telecom Christmas Tree as promised 🙂

INTERNeX New Zealand: Christmas Kiwi Style

Christmas Traditions in NZ:

Christmas Eve and Boxing Day: Christmas is preceded by Christmas Eve on the 24th of December, followed by Boxing Day on the 26th of December. In New Zealand Christmas Eve often includes attending a midnight church mass, while Boxing day is traditionally a day to spend with family and continue the festivities of Christmas. Many Kiwis like to go to the Boxing Day Horse Races.

Gifts and gift giving: Gifts are usually wrapped in red, green or festive coloured wrapping paper and placed under the Christmas tree to be opened on Christmas morning. The Christmas stocking tradition is popular with children. This is a small sack (shaped often like a boot), which is filled with small gifts from Father Christmas (Santa) and opened on Christmas morning.

Christmas Cards: Cards are another popular aspect of the Kiwi Christmas. For family and friends that can’t be near, seasons greeting are sent in the form of Christmas cards.

Family: Family is the key element to Christmas not just in New Zealand, but all around the world.

Christmas Trees: Putting up and decorating a Christmas tree in a home is part of almost every kiwi family’s Christmas traditions. Both real and artificial trees are popular.

Food: Christmas lunch/dinner in New Zealand consists of the traditional roast with ham, vegetable, potatoes, gravy and desert of Christmas cake or pudding or other traditional Kiwi desserts such as Pavlova. Because Christmas is during summer in NZ, many families prefer a lighter Christmas Day meal of a BBQ, often enjoyed at the beach, outdoors or by the pool.

Summer holidays: Family’s spend time at a Bach (holiday home), or relaxing at the beach. Many businesses close for two weeks during Christmas.

Upcoming Christmas events in Auckland City

Britomart Christmas Markets.

Takutai Square: Britomart Christmas Markets, local seasonal produce (strawberries, plums and asparagus) festive Christmas goodies, cakes cookies, etc.

Complimentary gift wrapping service available at the Atrium and The Pavillions.

When/Where: Britomart (Gore Street & Atrium on Takutai), 15/12/2012, entry is free.

Christmas Decorations around the city:

Keep a look out for these festive decorations

Queen Street Christmas Lights, Telecom Christmas Tree, Santa on Whitcoulls Corner, Smith and Caughey’s Windows, Doves on Durham Lane, Angels in Elliott Street, Christmas Chains on High Street.

I’ve attached a photo of the lights on the Telecom Christmas Tree which I visited on Tuesday night, more photos to come. A great place to go and sit on the beanbags underneath the tree and look at the lights.


INTERNeX New Zealand: Christmas Lights ★

Only 2 weeks until Christmas!! Here are some places to view beautiful Christmas light displays:

Franklin Road: Franklin Road in Ponsonby puts on an annual display of Christmas lights in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This attraction brings thousands of onlookers to the street to see the beautifully decorated homes. The display is free to view. Walk from Franklin Road down to the Telecom Christmas Tree:

The Telecom Christmas Tree: The Telecom Christmas Tree will be lighting up the city this Christmas in Victoria Park. There are a total of 375,000 lights on this tree, which will be lit from December 1st from dusk till dawn until Boxing Day evening.

Telecom is also encouraging those visiting the tree to bring Christmas presents for children in need. These gifts will be distributed to the Auckland City Mission and Kidz First Children’s Hospital in Manakau.

Where/When: Victoria Park, Auckland CBD, 1/12/2012-26-12-2012

INTERNeX New Zealand: Christmas in the Park

Coca Cola Christmas in the Park

The annual Coca Cola Christmas in the Park will be held on Satuday 8th December, 2012 at 7.30pm in the Auckland Domain. This is a wonderful showcase of New Zealand talent and a true Kiwi style Christmas celebration. Bring a picnic and sit and watch the show. Performers include Jamie McDell, Guy Sebastian,  Michael Murphy, Titanium, Ria, dance groups and many more. Its free to attend so if you are up in Auckland make sure you go and check it out!


Stray also in Asia !

Hi everyone,

Christmas is approaching and of course it is the perfect time for presents…

That’s why Stray is offering 12 Stray Asia passes, one everyday before Christmas.

If you buy a Stray pass during this period, you get automatically into the draw.

And if you can’t travel over there, the passes are transferrable (quite a good Christmas gift for a friend…).

If you want to book or have any questions, you can drop an email at pr@internexnewzealand.com or come directly to the office.

Cheers, Robin.



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!



Christmas Party review.

Hey everyone,

We wanted with Chris and Lotte to thank you all for coming to the Christmas party, I spent a great afternoon and I hope it was the same for you.

I will upload some photos on Flickr and Facebook soon.
Enjoy the end of the year…

Cheers, Robin.

Boxing Day : Horses & Nice Dresses.

Hi everyone,

You may know that in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada the day after Christmas, called Boxing Day, is a holiday. And this is a tradition for a lot of people to go to the races and spend there the day with their families and friends. In the UK especially, it’s a big day for sport.

With my housemates we will surely go to the Ellerslie race courses for the day, the general admission is at 20$/person and 40$ for four persons. With this formula you have access to a field with BBQs, you can have some beers, watch the races and maybe bet some money, who knows you might be the great winner of the day… The formula « Beach, beats, and BBQ’s » seems pretty interesting as well.

There is no dress code in those areas but if you want to access some other areas on the oncourse, you’d better be careful with your dressing, or you could be not accepted… You can find the dress code here :


Those other areas are for example the Fashion Village (59$) where you have to be dressed the trendiest possible. There you have access to the betting facilities and are hosted with a glass of Moa or of Stella Artois. But if you want to spend a memorable day, you can also go to the upper stands at the Champagne Lawn where for 145$ you have a « gourmet luncheon » and the best view possible on the racecourse.

You can get more infos and book tickets online through the link below :


Cheers, Robin.

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)