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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

Learning English: Tips & Tricks!

Are you starting your New Zealand adventure soon but you are worried about your English skills? It’s just so hard to practice at home because speaking in English with your parents or friends just feels silly right?

I know exactly how you feel and want to help you prepare for your departure! Being from Germany I also had to learn English as my second language. To be honest, I wasn’t very good in English at all and almost failed a year in high school! Like many of you, I wanted to go overseas to improve my English. Now I am fluent and hopefully my tips for studying English will help you prepare for your time in NZ J

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  1. Watch movies in English

Seriously, this is just the easiest way of learning a language. It doesn’t even feel like learning! Choose your favorite movie or just one you have seen before and put on the subtitles that way you won’t get frustrated!

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  1. Read books in English

Start with an easy one like a novel that will not use words that are too complicated. Start off with one that isn’t too thick because you will probably take longer to read in English and get frustrated if it takes you ages to read one book. Also, don’t worry about not understanding every word! Just skip a word or even sentence you don’t understand you will probably figure out what it could be later on.

  1. Read/watch NZ news

If a whole book is a bit too daunting, maybe spend a little bit of time watching or reading our New Zealand news pages. This is a great way to find out what’s going on in NZ at the moment that way you also have some conversation starters with your family! Here are some news pages: http://www.newshub.co.nz/   and   http://www.stuff.co.nz/

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  1. Check out the lyrics when you listen to English music!

 I bet there are plenty of English songs you sing along like “ghbiblfkngbdijbg” guessing the lyrics! I do that too, even native speakers sing along without knowing what the song is actually about! Take your favorite song and google the lyrics. You will not only find yourself getting much better at karaoke but most importantly you will learn new words. For example, I learned the word “tongue” from Jason Mraz’s “I’m yours” and every time someone says tongue I’m thinking of this song!

  1. Use post-its

After many years of studying English in school you might have forgotten the basics by the time you graduate. In my last year in school we read Shakespeare but I didn’t even know words like knife and fork anymore. Crazy right? Leave Shakespeare at home, what you need in NZ is good foundations. Use post-its with English words and put them in the corresponding places in your house: for example, the words “sink” or “tub”. Question yourself: do I know what this is in English? If not, it gets a post-it! This way you will simply learn words throughout your day by doing nothing but looking at them again and again!

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  1. Speak!

I know speaking with your parents or friends in English is silly. Instead try and find someone who can actually not speak your language so you don’t have another other option! Try the internet to find a language partner or put up a note at the local university. There will always be some overseas students who would love to meet locals!

Just try to get exposed to as much English as possible in your daily life! Become really confident in speaking and listening/understanding because that is what will help you the most in New Zealand!

Most of all: be confident about your English! Don’t be shy! You know so much more and speak so much better than you think! Your host will appreciate how well you can speak a foreign language and you should be proud of yourself! With a bit of preparation, you will have an easy start here in NZ and once you are here you English will improve so much more just by talking it every day!

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.


INTERNeX New Zealand: My trip to Mt. Eden

Hi guys,

First things first: WE MADE AN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT!!!! So are you on Instagram?? Give us a follow: internexnz      🙂

I have been here now for three weeks and I have been loving every second of it. I have already seen a lot of Auckland and I can NOT wait to go travel some more around the country. One of the greatest things I have done these past few weeks, is climbing up to Mount Eden.

Mount Eden is a vibrant, funky suburb with a great combination of culture and nature. Iblog 1f you walk to the top of Mount Eden, you have some of the best views in Auckland. This depends on the weather,

I went on Saturday and the weather wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t clear or sunny. The walk towards the mountain took about 1 hour, but it is great to walk through Auckland and explore some streets and nice neighbourhoods. If you don’t like walking that much, or aren’t sporty AT ALL, no worries. There is a bus going there which you can take from all around the city.

Still with the weather being bad, you can take some amazing pictures, just relax, take in the moment and breathe in the fresh air. I just sat at the top, taking in the amazing view, looking out over Auckland, thinking about how crazy it was that I was sitting there, 18.115 km away from home.

blog 2The next day, Sunday, my friend, Joyce the other intern, wanted to do a workout on top of Mount Eden. So we put on our sporting clothes and there I went… AGAIN. Walked all the way to Mount Eden, climbed it. Luckily the weather was WAY better than the day before. We were on the top, first admiring the great view, then we went to do our workout. It was a crazy thought to be on top of a mountain and doing this, because back home in The Netherlands we basically only have those flat, boring parks and
the gym.
blog 3So, whenever you are in Auckland I would highly recommend going to Mount Eden. If you just arrived from your flight that day, and want to go do something to beat the jetlag, get a map, take a walk in the fresh air and enjoy a great view of Auckland. You don’t have to pay for anything, this is a free trip and a great way to get some exercise done 😉

Oh and it looks EVEN better in real life.

INTERNeX New Zealand: New Interns

Hey guys,

There are 3 new interns working for INTERNeX and we would like to introduce ourselves to you! So here we are.

Celeste Brinkman


My name is Celeste Brinkman and I am one of the 3 new interns of INTERNeX.
I am 18 years now, but will be 19 very, very soon!! (BIRTHDAY PARTY)

I am a Leisure Management student at the NHTV in Breda, The Netherlands and I am currently in my third year out of four. I used to live with my parents in a village near Nijmegen (the city that has the ‘vierdaagse’ where people walk 50km every day for 4 days in a row, but also comes with 7 days of parties and lots of beer!!). When I went to study in Breda, I eventually wanted to get a dorm there and live on my own because I had to travel 3 hours a day by train to get to school.

I always wanted to go travelling around the world and see as many places as I can. So when I have been told on school that I could do an internship abroad, I was going CRAZY!!!! I had to leave The Netherlands and go somewhere, ANYWHERE. Never thought I would go to basically the other side of the world but hey, here I am, writing my first blog for INTERNeX in New Zealand!

Another thing I really like is music, bands and live concerts. Music basically takes over my life and I used to go to concerts at least 10 times a year (I was always broke because of buying concert tickets). I just like the feeling when you’re at an arena and the artist comes out and singing and dancing along to the songs all night long. So basically I like expensive things, concerts and travelling.

I hope to learn as many things as possible from this internship and also meet a lot of new people from everywhere around the world. I am super excited to meet all of you. It is a crazy thought that I’m 18.115 kilometres from home, but I have been enjoying every second of it so far. When I arrived after a 35 hour plane ride, I was jetlagged for almost a week but that did not stop me from seeing Auckland. In the first week, I have been walking around a lot and get to know the place. Knowing where I am staying and how everything works, just settling in a bit. I am excited to also go travelling around the country, and I definitely will! I can’t wait to get this adventure started and hopefully help you to make sure you have an amazing adventure as well!

Mark Faes

Hello everybody! My name is Mark Faes, I am 22 years old and I am an International Leisure Management student located in Breda, The Netherlands. I am in New Zealand for my internship at INTERNeX New Zemarkaland, which is part of my third year.

I live with my parents in
a small village called Boxtel (near to Eindhoven). I love to play football and futsal and going out. Besides that I like going to festivals and other events and I got a season ticket from the football club PSV Eindhoven.
My main goal during our internship is to help you as much as possible, to learn a lot of new people, explore New Zealand and creating some memories for the rest of my life!

Hopefully you all will have a great time here in New Zealand, looking forward meeting you!!

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Joyce Hijmans

Hii guysssssssssss,

My name is Joyce Hijmans, 19 years old and come from a very, very, very little village called Hank in the Netherlands. Because people from the cities always make fun of my little village and always say ‘hey farmer’… was this MY moment to get out of that world. So from now on I can call myself ‘new intern for INTERNeX NEW ZEALAND!!!’

The reason why I’m on the other side of the world is because I want to develop myself on my independency, because in my village the food is ready on 5 ‘o clock and my laundry is always clean, thanks mom I love you. But with my age I had to do this on my own. I just had to go on an adventure just like the Hobbit. Since I’m on my third year of my study Leisure management I thought this company would fit my study well. I want to learn as much as possible about organizing trips and promoting them.

I’ve been here for two weeks now and I have to learn sooooo much. Learn everything about INTERNeX and Nomads hostel because I work there as well behind the reception. But I’m sure that I will be fine in a few weeks.

The other thing I definitely want to do is TRAVEL. I want to see as much as possible while I’m here in New Zealand. I already made some trips here in Auckland. I’ve already seen joyce 1every shopping street

there is, visit some amazing parks, walked to the museum and already visit Mount Eden which was AMAZING. The view is so good up there. I also made some really long walks because I get lost all the time. Last Friday I had my first trip to Waiheke Island. I went there to do a zipline and that was awesome too. So I did a few things already in my first two weeks. I’ve made a to-do list too and I’m not leaving this country before I did all these things. I want to visit: Rotorua, Hobbiton, Bay of Islands, Waitomo, Cathedral Love, Rangitoto and Maori village. It’s a very long list but I’m definitely going to do all these thing.

Meanwhile this blog is way too long already which describes what kind of person I am. Always talking too much!! Anyways now you all know a bit more about me and I’m looking forward to meeting you. See youuuu xoxo

INTERNeX New Zealand: Event in Auckland July 2015

Hello Guys and Girls!

Everyone here in New Zealand is getting cold as ice, which means that we need to plan some fun activities to get ourselves motivated and prevent ourselves from getting depressed! 😥 Therefore I have made a small list of things to do in Auckland in July 🙂

World Press Photo Exhibition

A lot of you guys probably heard of this exhibition before! It is in the news almost every year because of the impressive pictures, and this year the exhibition comes to Auckland!

For more information about this amazing Exhibition, take a look here!


Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream

Okay, now be completely honest. Who didn’t get even a little excited when you saw this?! DISNEY ON ICE. I don’t think it gets any better. This amazing show will be performing in Auckland from Friday the 24th of July until the 26th in the Vector Arena.

For ticketing and the correct dates and times, take a look here!


Scrapbooking & Crafting Expo

Yaaay it’s time to get creativeee!! This weekend the Scapbooking & Crafting Expo will be on! They have classes, seminars and workshops that you can book yourself into free demos, competitions, displays, ideas etc. So basically this will be a whole weekend full of creativity!

Wanna get creative? Take a look here!


NZIFF New Zealand International Film Festival

The NZIFF is an annually returning festival in the winter. They bring all different kinds of movies from all over the world to Auckland to show to you! You can watch the movies on 6 different locations and is definitely worth a visit if you are a big fan of movies!

Want to watch a nice movie? Take a look here for more information!


Aotea Square Ice Rank

Are there any ice skating lovers on here? Because now is your chance to enjoy some ice skating right in the city centre of Auckland. The Ice Rink is open from 10am in school holidays and 12pm on any other day until 10pm for 7 days a week! At night the lighting gives you a warm feeling as if you are in winter wonderland!

Get Frozen, Let it go, and build a snowman! For more information look here!


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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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. 😥



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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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: Opening of the Ski-season

Kia Ora guys and girls!

As you all do or do not know, the ski season is about to be opened in the South Island. The first ski area to be opened will be Mt Hutt in Canterbury on the 12th of June, followed by Coronet Peak and Cardrona in the Queenstown and Wanaka areas. This seems like an amazing opportunity for you guys who are located in the south island or for the ones that are going to travel there!

Don’t worry if you are not going there anytime soon, because the ski-season last year lasted 128 days! And for you guys who are not going to the south island at all: INTERNeX is organizing a ski-trip in the North Island. More information about that will follow soon!!

Don’t forget that if you have ANY questions (also those not related to skiing) you can contact us via Facebook or via e-mail (pr@internexnewzealand.com).

We hope you are enjoying your time in New Zealand and we would love to receive some updates about how your stay is so far!

PR Team INTERNeX New Zealand

INTERNeX New Zealand: Anzac Day 2015

Good evening everybody!

The weekend is over, it’s Monday again (boo!), but that means that it is time for another blog post (yaaaay!). You probably wondered why so many people are wearing poppy flowers on their jackets right now. That is because upcoming Saturday the 25th of April, it is Anzac Day, and the poppy flower is a symbol of remembrance.

Anzac day is the day that New Zealanders commemorate the day that the Australian and New Zealand army corps landed at Gallipoli, Turkey during World War I in 1915. This National Holiday remembers all the New Zealanders that served their country in wars and conflicts. This is a very big day in New Zealand, and especially this year as it is the 100 year anniversary!

The most impressive service of that day would be the Dawn Service, starting at 6AM on the Court of Honour at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where loads of people will honour the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and any other conflicts in which New Zealand has been involved.

Take a look at the link below to see what kinds of activities are organizes for Anzac day! http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/whats-on/war-memorial/anzac-day-commemorations