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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.

More-day-trips

– 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!

Cheers,

Lies and Luus

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Short & skimpy – weekend tips!

Friday

What? Agwa Nightcap Winter Festival

When? Friday, 15. July, 10:00pm – 5:00am

Where? Studio, 340 Karangahape Rd,Newton

Admission? 1st Release: $39.90

Category? Dancing

More infos: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131466540263601#TB_inline?height=460&width=660&modal=false&inlineId=modalRegisterWrapper

 

Saturday

What? The Adults – July NZ Tour

When? Saturday, 16. July, 8:00pm

Where? The Bacco Room, 53 Nelson St,Auckland

Admission? General admission: $37.50

Category? Live Music

More infos: http://theadults.co.nz/#

 

Sunday

What? St Heliers Bay Mid-Winter Christmas Market

When? Sunday, 17. July, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Where? Tamaki Ex-Services Association Hall, Cnr Turua St & Polygon Rd, St Heliers

Admission? Free

Category? Market

 

I wish you all an exciting and funny weekend!

Cheers, Caro

PR-Department INTERNeX

The NZ International Film Festival 2011 is starting today!

Hey!

Another good event for the windy and rainy winter in Auckland is starting today. And if you love films but are bugged by all the predictable Hollywood movies this is your rescue!

The New Zealand winter hosts a yearly cultural highlight, the Film Festival is the Premier film event of the year. It brings a wide range of the best international films to 15 cities around the whole country.

 

More than 140 features can be seen, under it some titles from Cannes and Sundance Film Festival. New Zealand audiences will be the first outside Europe to see films that saw this year’s Cannes Festival!

The Festival starts in Auckland today and lasts until the 3rd of August. The films will also be shown in Wellington from next week. And later on the Festival travels with a smaller programme to 12 more cities in New Zealand before finishing in Kerikeri in November.

How to find the right film?

If you are interested in independent films but have no idea which film would be good, use the detailed homepage!

There you can find a good categorisation of the films, that helps you to get a first overview about the different sections.

You can also choose films by genre, director or country, if you wanna watch a New Zealand film for example. It’s really helpful to have a look at this page (http://www.nzff.co.nz/auckland/find-a-film). You can also check which films are recommended by film websites and bloggers. (http://www.nzff.co.nz/auckland/picks-from-the-web).

New at the Festival is the Film Café which is located in the Wintergarden under The Civic. Free events like Quiz-nights and Short Films from Auckland film schools will take place. You can also meet filmmakers or listen to them when they talk about their work.

Where are the films shown and how to buy the tickets?

The venues are at seven different locations around the city and are shown on the ticket. These can be purchased online over ticketek.co.nz or over a free phonenumber 0800 842 538. You can also buy the tickets directly at four of the seven venues. For the whole information check this page http://www.nzff.co.nz/auckland/tickets.

Prices?

The prices vary from $9.50 to $18.50 depending on time, student status and filmcategories (3D). But these films are definitely worth one’s salt.

So stop complaining about the unexciting winter and get inspired by some really good films.

More detailed information about the festival can be found at http://www.nzff.co.nz/auckland.

 

Have a great time!

Cheers, Caro

PR-Department INTERNeX

Weekend tips for rainy days…

Are you annoyed of the rain? You don’t have to because there is lots of stuff to do in Auckland at rainy days. Just look at the following tips, I am sure something will meet your interest.

 

What? Pick & Mix with the Prestige Dance Crew

When? Saturday 11:00-12:45

Where? Auckland Town Hall, Air New Zealand Foyer, Level 5

Admission? Free

 

This event is a special offer for the winter time. It starts with a performance of the Prestige Dance Crew – a highly respected New Zealand urban dance group and offers a workshop afterwards. So if you’re like dancing you should have a look at the Auckland Townhall. This building on its own is a worthwhile visiting. And its definitely fun to learn some characteristic dancemoves with your friends.

 

http://www.the-edge.co.nz/Event-Pages/P/Pick—Mix/Prestige-Dance-Crew.aspx

 

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What? Short + Sweet Theatre Festival

When? 08th – 13th July, different times

Where? Aotea Centre, Herald Theatre

Admission? ex $25

 

For the Art interested people this is a definetly must-do. This Theatre festival is the largest 10 minute theatre festival in the world.You can enjoy one of the best 40 plays and theatreworks from local and international writers.

 

http://shortandsweet-auckland.blogspot.com/2011/06/2011-program.html

 

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What? Walking with Dinosaurs

When? 08th – 10th July, different times

Where? Vector Arena

Admission? ex $67

 

Ever dreamt of seeing real dinosaurs? You can experience this at the worldwide unique show Walking with Dinosaurs, which is shown in New Zealand after a 4-year world tournee. It is one of the most exciting and groundbreaking shows ever seen in New Zealand that brings the dinosaurs back to life for you.

 

http://www.dinosaurlive.co.nz

 

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You need to be active at the weekend, but don’t wanna go to far? What about climbing and swimming?

 

What? Climbing

Opening hours? 7 days 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where? Panmure & Glen Eden

Admission? $20

 

You can challenge yourself at New Zealands largest Indoor Climbing wall. You don’t need any special gear or experinece. You can rent the gear on-site very cheap. And also the Lessons aren’t that expensive. Just get some friends together and spend an adventurous day in the Climbing Hall.

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What? Swimming

Opening Hours?

Monday to Thursday 5.30am – 9.30pm
Friday 5.30am – 9.00pm
Saturday, Sunday – 7.00am – 8.00pm

Where? The Olympic Newmarket

Admission? $7,50

 

Not to much action but still a little bit sport. You can check out the Olympic Pools and Fitness Centre in Newmarket. They have really good facilities for finess and swimming. And after a little workout you can relax in the Spa, the Sauna or the Steam Room.

 

http://www.theolympic.co.nz/index.php

 

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So get your friends together and plan your weekend! Enjoy it!

 

Cheers, Caro

 

PR-Departement INTERNeX New Zealand