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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

Live in New Zealand: in the playground of the gods

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Charlotte, our Marketing Production Manager, reflects on a recent trip to Mount Olympus, known locally as the playground of the gods:

Mount Olympus – more commonly known amongst its friends as the playground of the gods – is the epitome of the ultimate Kiwi escape.

We launch into the beaten up VW and begin the ascent of one of the greatest mountains on earth. 450m of vertical descent is all that separates us from the promised pow-pow (a phrase that I have recently discovered refers to powder snow and which is increasingly utilised on this trip).

With one minor stop-off to fasten chains, we finally arrive at ‘base station’. The challenge doesn’t end there – Mount Olympus relies on rope tows (more accurately named nutcrackers) to wean out the mere mortals. Adorned with snowboarding bags, food and drink for the week and loaded down with our individual luggage we jump on our boards and attach our nutcrackers (a clasp-type device which is the only means of ascending the mountain) to the tow rope.

We’re ready, we’re amped and we’re on the way up when we discover we really are mere mortals. Not one, but three, tumbling girls and a decision to walk up to top base, we begin to question our stay on the mountain of gods.

As the beautiful wooden ski-lodge comes into sight – furnished with a steaming spa – we decide the walk was well worth it. Without a second to entertain thoughts of a well-earned spa, we’re given our ski pass, taught how to use the tow rope and told to return at 12 for lunch. The feeling of school camp comes alive with daily chores and cooking duties on rotation, only making the entire experience more authentic.

We have made a fortunate, if not deliberate, decision to arrive just in time for ‘wrinkle-free week’. The name refers less to the physical age than the age each guest feels. One incredible 80 year old has attended wrinkle-free week since its inception and claims his soul is most definitely wrinkle-free. The week is comprised of themed events, dress-up, underwear runs, snow races, sunset après ski aperitifs, card tricks, evening dances and long spas under the stars. With 40 people piled in to two bunk rooms it is hard not to become best friends with the other guests and we’re welcomed into the family of repeat guests- no questions asked.

Six days of skiing and a 21-person manmade snow cave later, we awaken to the final hurrah. It’s leaving day for those wrinkleless skiers and with promises of returning next year, we begin to descend the mountain in the same stylish fashion we arrived.

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