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INTERNeX New Zealand: Devonport Food and Wine Festival

This weekend the Devonport Food and Wine Festival will be held in Devonport from 11.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday 16th and 11.00am-6.00pm on Sunday 17th. There will be a huge selection of great kiwi food and wine as well as plenty of NZ musicians including Annabel Fay, Jamie McDell, Avalanche City and The Baxters.

Tickets are on sale now and can be pre-purchased through iTicket (www.iticket.co.nz) for $32 (Saturday) and $30 (Sunday).

Make sure to get your tickets ASAP 🙂

Do you know?

Hey guys!

Hope you’re doing well here in New Zealand and enjoy the time. I have some interesting facts about the country you are living in. Some of them you may have known before but I am sure some are new and maybe surprising!

Do you know….?

Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand is the southernmost capital city in the world.

New Zealand was the first major nation to have universal suffrage. In 1893 it became legal for all male and female citizens of New Zealand to vote.

New Zealander and Nobel Prize Winner, Ernest Rutherford is known as the father of nuclear physics for his orbital theory of the atom.

The Otaga wineries constitute the southernmost wine-growing area in the world. New Zealand wines are drunk young, with pinot noirs and sauvignon blanc being particularly outstanding. Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough are the two largest wine regions.

The Sky Tower in Auckland is with 328 m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

In 1840 NZ became the first country to put into effect the 8 hour working day.

New Zealanders are getting married older. The latest statistics show that the median ages of men and women get married for the first time is 29.9 and 28.1 years. These brides and grooms married, on average, nine years older than their parents did.

Little known amongst facts about New Zealand is that 22% of its residents were born overseas. This compares with 24% in Australia, 20% in Canada, 12% in the USA and 8% in the UK.

The indigenous Maori people make up about 15% of the population.

More rainbow trout in the 2kg to 3kg category are caught annually in New Zealand than in the rest of the world put together.

Have a nice start into the week!

Cheers, Caro

PR-Department INTERNeX

Caro & Caro in Napier!

Hey guys…hope you had an awesome weekend. I have!

I spent the weekend with my friend Carolin from the INTERNeX hospitality program at Napier – a wonderful little Art Deco city! If you like architecture and wine you should definitely visit the Napier Region. You need to know that three years ago Caro had spent four month in Napier as an exchange student.

Arriving after a long bus ride at Napier we were picked up by Caro’s former guest parents, who offered us kindly to stay the weekend at their house.

First I was a bit skeptical but in the end there was no reason for it, because Ita and Peter (the guest parents) are the best thing that can happen to you, if you´re an exchange student. Friendly, easy-going, helpful and taking care about you in a really enjoyable way.

We had a nice long chat with Ita, who seems to never stop talking. She told us about all her memories with Carolin and all the other students, she had. We also talked about the upcoming wedding of her youngest son and the “outfit-problem” of Ita.

After a short stopover at Carolin’s old school we indulged in a delicious coffee from the award-winning café Cappadonna. Later I went on to the National Aquarium of New Zealand, where I met my first Kiwi and Tuatara, as well. It was really impressive to see these shy birds.

We used the late afternoon for a little bit shopping and spent hours in a shoe shop! Thanks to Peter we had the chance to try the Napier nightlife. He dropped us off at a nice place at the harbour with several bars, but in the beginning it was really empty. It started to get crowded when a lot of marines entered the “Thirsty whale”. In the beginning of the evening we couldn’t imagine that the night would last until2 am!

After a short visit at the market, on Saturday we made our way to the booked wine tour while still fighting with the effects of last night! The wine tasting was really good and professional but we were a little bit disappointed about the small chocolate pieces we got to taste at the chocolate factory and the small cheese board in the end.

However the vineyards were so beautiful and it was no problem to drink the wine…;-)  even if we still had a hangover. And cause we are always hungry we went on to “Brakers”, where Caro introduced me to the delicious Nachos with beef, been and baked with cheese.

Exhausted but happy we had a little walk back to our lovely guest parents and spent the evening with good talks and a lot of laughing.

So it became really hard to say goodbye on Sunday morning to these wonderful people who had been so great to us. But Ita offered me to come back any time and I really would like to see her again!

So guys if you have the chance, go to Napier – one of the places with a best weather guarantee in New Zealand.

Cheers, Caroline

Activities in Auckland this weekend…

With the fantastic weather in Auckland at the moment, February is always a time for some of Auckland’s best events… there are two this weekend that if you have the time we recommend you to go and check out…

The Auckland Lantern Festival
This is a fantastic free event every night this weekend to celebrate The Chinese New Year of the Rabbit. Enjoy hundreds of beautiful lanterns especially imported from China, a great variety of food stalls and non-stop entertainment all in the heart of Auckland in Albert Park. Get some friends together or just wander around alone as there is a lot to see and enjoy all weekend.
Where:            Albert Park, Princes St, Auckland CBD

When:              5 pm to 10.30 pm Friday 18th Feb – Sunday 20th Feb

Admission:      Free!!!

The Devonport Food, Wine & Music Festival
This festival perfectly suits you when you are person who enjoys to be entertained by fantastic artist while tasting different wines from all over New Zealand.
Enjoy spending a relaxed day (or two) in the beautiful Devonport.

More than 20 of the best wineries of New Zealand will present their wines and in addition to that you will find a great variety of excellent cuisine from different restaurant around the city. Top NZ music and comedian artists will entertain you.

When:             Saturday 19th February 2011 – Sunday 20st February 2011

Where:           Windsor Reserve, Devonport

Admission:    $30 on the day, at the gate

Don’t hesitate!!Go out and take the opportunity to enjoy a great weekend!