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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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The first INTERNeX New Zealand Trip

Hey everybody!

The week started again. Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend like me!

Because this time two of our current INTERNeX Candidates joined the weekend trip. Robert, who is doing an internship and Marielle who will work in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.

Together we were five of us, sharing a car. After picking this up on saturday morning we started and made the first stop in Paeroa, where the famous New Zealand drink L&P is produced. Stopped there for a drink and a short Foto-Shooting in front of the huge bottle.

Afterwards we followed the tip of one fellow and made a short side trip to Karangahake Gorge, where we visited a closed down waterworks. For the afternoon we planned to do the tour through Hobbiton and see the filmset of the Lord of the Rings.

It was really impressive to hear on site which filmactions took place right under your feet. Its unblievale to imagine how many people must have been there to get the film done.  It’s definitely worth to visit that place, also if you are no fan of the films.

We continued the journey to Tauranga & Mt. Maunganui through the lovely landscape with wonderful sunshine and had some trouble with the reverse gear at the toll station, but nothing serious happended….Puhhh!

Despite the inaction, we felt after our dinner in the hostel everyone went out for a walk afterwards through the small surfer city Mt. Maunganui. There was nothing really going on but we had fun when we tried to find the way to the beach.

After a good sleep in our “own” room in the hostel, we got up really early to climb the Mt. Maunganui, but this was harder than we expected. Perspiring and out of breath we arrived at the peak where we ate our breakfast and did some amazing pictures of the sourrounding landescape. Absolutely beautiful!

The way down was much faster because of the upcoming main adventure of the weekend. The Rafting on the Kaitaia River. After some trouble to find the starting point for the tour and to book the right trip, we had enough time to go back to the city for some lunch and food shopping.

While we were waiting for our tour operators we had a much fun and the atmoshere was getting better and better in anticiption of the rafting. After half an hour we made it into the waterresistent clothes and jumped into the bus on the way to the river. We carried the Raft down to the river and went into the water. Thanks to the funny guides we had, the whole raft was such a wonderful experience. Ways to short and lots of laughing and action. We raftet down a 6 m waterfall and did some “surfing” with the raft, where one of our girls got completly wet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way back to the base we couldn’t stop laughing cause of all the adrenalin. And even there we had a great time waiting for our pictures and having some After-Raft-Muffins…;-) All the others where wondering about so funny germans. Around 6:00 in the evening we started our way back to Auckland after a really amazing weekend. Thanks to all of you, making this weekend to one of the best here in New Zealand. If we could transfer this good mood to the next PuB NiGHT would be awesome guys.

Thanks for this and hope to see you soon. If you guys wanna join one of our weekendtrips or need some help with activities and travelling for your stay here just send a mail to pr@internexnewzealand.com

And for more pictures check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/42564157@N06/

Have a nice week!

Cheers, Caro

PR-Department INTERNeX