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My incredible experience traveling New Zealand’s North Island

Last week, I went on an amazing tour with Kiwi Experience, I took the Geyserland and Lake pass. We visited Hot Water Beach, Waitomo, and Rotorua. On Wednesday morning, the bus driver picked us up at the Kiwi Experience office and we took off for our backpacker adventure. Before we went out of Auckland we did a quick toilet stop at the Auckland Domain and here our bus driver told us everything about the Kiwi Experience adventure, safety, activities, and accommodation during the bus trip. After that, we started our journey to Hot Water Beach, our first stop of the bus trip. My bus driver was really amazing! He was really funny and knows everything about New Zealand. He tried to help us as much as he could with our travel and activities and he really wanted us to have fun.

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During our trip to Hot Water Beach, we stopped once in a little town with a shopping mall. We had some time to do some groceries and get some lunch. We stopped nearby a PaknSave, the cheapest supermarket in New Zealand. Kiwi Experience is really trying to think about your money and tells you when there is time to do shopping and they will tell you where you can find cheap food.

Around 14.00 pm we reached our hostel in Hot Water Beach and we had about 30 minutes to check-in, go into your room and get changed. Then we went for our first activity of the trip. The bus took us to Cathedral Cove and we had to walk 45-minutes down. It was a really easy hike and the moment you reach the beach is breathtaking. This beautiful spot was used for the movie ‘Narnia’ and it was one of the locations in the music video for the song ‘Can’t hold us’ by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. We spend an hour around the beach before we went back up. When we visited the beach, the weather was really great and the view looked like a brochure picture. We went back to the hostel for dinner and we eat some fresh fish and chips.

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We were not able to get to Hot Water Beach before 12 pm. We missed the low tide at daytime so we went to the beach at night. This experience was amazing! We went with the whole Kiwi Experience group and had to find our way in the dark. At the beach, we had to find the perfect spot where we could mix hot and cold water to make our own natural Jacuzzi! The sky was clear, so we sat under the stars and had a perfect night in the hot water. This activity is definitely one of the best experience I’ve ever had!

The next day we were really tired, but we had to get up really early because of our busy day. Most people slept the first 1,5 hours on the bus and after that, we had our first stop to get some breakfast and do some groceries for Waitomo. After our break, we did a short hike track in Krangahake. Our bus driver guided us around the track that leads us through mines.

Next, we went back on the bus and continue our drive to Waitomo. During the ride, different accommodation and activity sheets were given and you could sign up for everything you wanted. I signed up for the Maori dinner and accommodation in Rotorua the next day. When we reached Waitomo, we first had to get out tickets for the Glowworm caves and the Maori dinner or sleepover. After that, we went to the hostel and we had some free time. Around 3 pm, 10 others and I were picked up at the reception and we went for the Black Labyrinth in the glowworm caves! This tour was really impressive. We had to climb and walk in the caves and when we reached the water we did the cave tubing and some small waterfall jumping. The most impressive moment was when all the lights went out and you could see all the glowworms in the caves!

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The next day we left Waitomo to go to Rotorua. After a 10-minute drive, we stopped for a short morning hike and afterward we left for Hobbiton. I did not go to Hobbiton this time, but we had some really nice weather so the people that went on the tour had a perfect day! The people that did not choose to go on the Hobbiton tour left for the OGO balls in Rotorua. I went in the OGO balls with one other girl and it was so much fun! First, we did the Straight Track, where you race another OGO balls downhill. The second time we did the Sidewinder Track, this is de world’s largest track. When we had to wait we could just chill in some outside Jacuzzi and enjoy the view over the Rotorua lake.

After a while, our bus driver picked us up and we went to our hostel in Rotorua. I stayed here for two nights and enjoyed my time with different people in the hostel. The first night, I went with the Kiwi Experience group to Tamaki, the Maori village. This cultural experience is amazing! You will learn a lot about the Maori culture, they will show you Maori dances, tell you stories and they will sing old songs. After that, we got some traditional food that they cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. They will end the evening with all the guys performing the Haka and some lovely songs.

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The next day, I left the Kiwi Experience group and went to explore Rotorua. In the afternoon, I visited the Redwoods with some people I met in the hostel. This forest is really beautiful and you can choose to do the free hiking tracks or go for a tree walk at day or night. We ended our trip in de Lava bar that is next to the hostel!

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On my last day, I went on another Kiwi Experience bus and went back to Auckland. Before we left Rotorua, we stopped at the Rainbow Springs Nature Park to learn something about the kiwi birds in New Zealand. We got on a tour and saw some baby kiwi along the way. After the tour, my trip was done and we went back to Auckland. My experience was really great, I had the opportunity to see many beautiful places and enjoy many different activities!

 

Cheers,

Melanie

 

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View of Lake Pukaki in the South Island of New Zealand

8 Reasons to travel to New Zealand

Aotearoa, Maori for the land of the long white cloud.

New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes in the world. The country is divided into two islands, where 4.6 million people and over 29 million sheep live (yes we have more sheep than people). It is where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed and home to the best sports team in the world—the All Blacks.

If you’re still trying to decide on your next destination, here are the top 8 reasons why you should choose New Zealand;

  1. Hikers Paradise: New Zealand has many treks suitable both for newbies and experienced hikers. Both islands offer thousands of options for people who love hiking. The options for sceneries are also very varied, including forests, mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers.

One of the most appealing characteristics of hiking in New Zealand is that there are no dangerous animals—no poisonous snakes, no deadly spiders, no dengue mosquito. So hike away with beauty and safety (remember to ensure you let someone know where you are going hiking and stick to the designated paths).

2. Beaches: Being an island (two actually), Kiwi’s have easy access to a vast amount of beaches. The country has over 29,000 km of coastline. Even in cities like Auckland, clean, beautiful beaches and ports are widely available, and some can even be accessed via ferry.

3. Incredible Nature: New Zealanders have done their best to preserve the natural habitat of the country. 13 national parks, 3 maritime parks, and hundreds of natural reserves are open for tourists. Moreover, there are several special rivers & lakes, which are protected by the government. In total, around 30% of the country’s land area is protected conservation land. Only here, can a river be considered a “legal person”.

4. Safety: The crime rates here are very low compared to other countries. New Zealand is the fourth safest country in the world.

5. A wide range of touristic offerings: It doesn’t matter whether you have a wide or tight budget—you will find an option that suits your pocket as well as your interests and time. From North to South you will find varied places to visit, so maybe the only difficulty would be to choose which ones!

6. Amazing Road Trips: Renting a car or even a camper van for your road trip is very easy. For backpackers, students, couples, and even entire families, driving around New Zealand for vacations is a popular activity, especially during summer.

7. International Environment: If you want to meet people from all over the world, this is the best place to do so. Auckland, the most populated city in the country, is like a mini New York. It is a cosmopolitan and diverse city where people from all over the world converge.

8. World’s Extreme sports capital: If you are an adrenalin lover, this is the place to be. Kiwis created the first bungee jumping in the world and the range of extreme sports is very interesting, you can choose skydiving, bungee, rafting, caves, zipline, canyoning, and much more.

9. Just happiness: The kiwi attitude is all about being happy and chilled. The fun thing here is that it is contagious.

I’m sure you are convinced now…

Remember INTERNeX can help with all of your travel bookings so get in touch today for more information – travel@internexworld.co.nz

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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: My trip to Mt. Eden

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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,
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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
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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀