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At the beach – be back when the sun goes down

It’s nearly Christmas! Charlotte, our Marketing Production Manager, takes a look at what that means for those of us in New Zealand:

Karikari beach Northland New Zealand blue skies white sand and a man in a red top throwing a rugby ball

In case the rolling hay bale through your almost empty office wasn’t enough of a sign, here is a friendly reminder that it’s Christmas time! At Working In we are a number of beach dwellers, camping enthusiasts and adventure seekers so allow us to apologise in advance for our absence over the silly season… not only will we be out of the office until the 7th of January, but some of our staff will even be out of cell phone reception for the break.

Here are some stories of what we will be up to…

Nassim, one of our immigration advisors will be camping with the extended family. Not to be confused with ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) Nassim thinks their adventure will be lacking in the pop up pantry and solar powered hair straightener to remind her of home comforts. Dawn from our accounts team will also be spending the time with her twins and husband miles away from anywhere she can be found.

Love is in the air with Jay, our web and e-communications coordinator, dining on the beach with his partner’s extended family and taking time in the New Year to move in to a new house. Sarah, our web and marketing writer, will be travelling with her husband – exploring the sites and sounds while campervan-ing in the South Island. And our newly wed Spaniard Pablo (business development manager) will be spending the break in Vanuatu with his wife – probably not getting a tan.

Amongst the Working In family we have a number of babies enjoying their first Christmas as well as children who are just learning to appreciate the meaning of the occasion and what it means when Santa arrives. We have families learning to horse ride, time being spent with grandparents (or avoiding them) and even some of the staff making the trip back to family overseas. Two of our New Zealand staff are already back in the UK for Christmas.

Those remaining in New Zealand will be enjoying what is promised to be a very beautiful summer with barbeques, a bit of back yard cricket, attempting to make pavlova, listening to horrible Christmas carols, fishing for delicious seafood and relaxing at numerous summer time festivals – this is all assuming the rain holds off – otherwise it looks like the X-box could be put to use.

Whether we are beaching, dining, swimming, skiing, hiking, reading or just plain relaxing, these Working Inners are outta here for a well deserved summer break!

So until we return… take a lesson from John Key, the New Zealand Prime Minister, and join in on the silly season antics.

Christmas wishes from the team at Working In – thanks for all your comments and questions in 2012, we’ll be back in 2013 and look forward to talking to you all then!

Working In will be closed from Monday 24 December –  Friday 4 January.

The team at Working In

Top things to do if you’re celebrating Christmas in Australia, Canada or New Zealand

The countries that we work with offer the best of both worlds when it comes to Christmas. You have the traditional northern hemisphere Christmas in Canada – snow, roaring log fires and hot chocolates while wrapped up like snow bunnies. Or, you have the southern hemisphere Christmas in Australia and New Zealand – barbecues on the beach and Santa in his shorts.

Here’s our round-up of the top things to do if you find yourself in one of these countries over the festive season.

Australia

Ayers Rock Uluru Sounds of Silence Australia

  1. Make the most of the sunshine and get out on the water – especially in one of Australia’s most iconic watery spots: the Sydney Harbour. You could enjoy a harbour cruise whilst tucking into a Christmas dinner.
  2. If you’d prefer a more active Christmas day, how about climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge? That’s guaranteed to be more memorable than another turkey dinner.
  3. In keeping with the active theme, you could take a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef and spend Christmas day snorkelling or diving with the fishes.
  4. An Aussie icon – Ayers Rock or Uluru – offers an incredible dining experience on Christmas Day. Its Sounds of Silence experience includes sunset canapés, dining under the stars (a BBQ buffet, naturally) and stargazing. Sounds pretty magical to us!
  5. Of course if you really want to make the most of Christmas down under, you could just hit up one of the many beaches and enjoy a picnic or BBQ.

Canada

Capilano Canyon lights Canada

  1. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the already spectacular Niagara Falls all dressed up for Christmas with the CAA Winter Festival of Lights, with over 125 animated lighting displays and three million tree and ground lights.
  2. You could really embrace a traditional Christmas with a Prairie Christmas (at Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm). It boasts a roaring bonfire for roasting marshmallows over, gingerbread cookie decorating, hot chocolate and hot apple cider – toasty.
  3. The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park puts on a legendary lights show for Christmas, with a zillion sparkling lights on the bridge, rainforest and cliffwalk.
  4. Enjoy Christmas up high – Grouse Mountain hosts real reindeers, sleigh-rides and ice skating in naturally snowy surrounds.
  5. Let someone else take the strain during your Canadian Christmas – and hop on a sled drawn by dogs as you explore the snowy Canadian wilderness.

New Zealand

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium New Zealand Santa

  1. Soak away the Christmas stress in the great outdoors in some hot pools – New Zealand’s got hundreds of ‘em. You can even dig your own at Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel.
  2. Head underwater – whilst staying dry. Check out Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium where Santa will be feeding the fish and you can explore the brand new, snow filled penguin enclosure.
  3. If you think Christmas isn’t the same without some snow, you could head to Snowplanet for some indoor skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.
  4. Hit up Queenstown, where the adventure never takes a Christmas break. On Christmas Day you’ll still be able to enjoy a Milford Sound flight and cruise, paragliding, a helicopter flight over The Remarkables, lake cruises, jet boating…
  5. Or for a real novelty factor, treat yourself to the only ice you’ll find in New Zealand over Christmas – ice cream. Following on from a BBQ on the beach, obviously.

Have you been to Australia, Canada or New Zealand over Christmas?

Tell us what you got up to!

The 14 days of Christmas

It’s Tuesday December 11th – that means it’s 14 days until Christmas and also the day we’re releasing our December enewsletters.

So we’ve felt a little bit inspired by the carol the 12 days of Christmas and have produced our own Working In Christmas carol.

Check out what we’ve been up to this year with this festive-inspired document!

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