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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 five things to do in New Zealand during the summer

Sorry to rub it in to anyone currently residing in the northern hemisphere, but down here in the southern hemisphere it’s that glorious slide into summer. As thoughts turn more summery (and sunshiny), here’s our pick of the top five things to do that really show off New Zealand at its sunny best. It’s pretty hard to whittle down the to-do list but this is our attempt – purely based on personal experiences!

PS: We’ll follow this up with the top five things to do in Australia and Canada too in the coming weeks.

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1. Tongariro alpine crossing

If you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings (let’s face it, if you’re considering a move to New Zealand, you should be), then you’ll love the chance to walk through what was used by the film crew as Mordor. Touted as one of the world’s best day walks, a 19.4km walk will see you tackling steep climbs, catching glimpses of hidden emerald lakes and feasting your eyes upon old lava flows, active craters and thermal steam vents. Even if the idea of walking up a serious sweat doesn’t get the adrenalin pumping enough, you might like to know that Tongariro has recently started erupting again after a 115-year silence – thrilling enough for you now?

2. Rotorua

Don’t let the smell of rotten eggs pervading the region put you off – it’s the smell of living, breathing New Zealand (well, sulphur actually). Nowhere else in NZ are you as close to its geology than in Rotorua, where steam spews from the earth, mud bubbles in pools and geysers erupt from the hot ground. The geothermal heartland of New Zealand, immerse yourself in exploring thermal parks. Or if the smell gets a bit overpowering, Rotorua is also renowned for its proud Maori culture where you can experience traditional crafts, music and legends.

3. Bay of Islands

Close to the tip of New Zealand’s north island lies the spectacular Bay of Islands, comprising of 144 islands all ripe for exploring. The best way to explore these is on water, whether you fancy fishing, snorkelling or kayaking. You can’t visit the Bay of Islands without joining a dolphin watching tour where pods of dolphins leap through the unbelievably blue water. Additionally, from the Bay of Islands you can travel north to Cape Reinga (where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea meet) and 90-mile beach, a world of forest, sand and ocean waves.

4. The Coromandel

Known as the playground of Aucklanders, the Coromandel is a wonderland of golden beaches and natural beauty, including rainforests. You can relax in your own spa at Hot Water beach where you can dig your own hot pool to laze the day away in. Access the spectacular Cathedral Cove on foot or by boat or explore the old tunnels, walkways and rich history of the Karangahake Gorge. Although with views and surroundings as stunning as this, we won’t blame you for just lounging on the beach.

5. Queenstown

Arguably we’re saving the best for last here. The jewel in New Zealand’s crown is Queenstown in the south island – the adventure capital of the country. Whether you fancy hurtling downhill incredibly quickly on a luge; bungy jumping from the world’s first bungy site (or New Zealand’s highest); or jet boating through one of the world’s most scenic settings; you can do it all in Queenstown. If just reading that makes your palms sweaty, you’ll be glad to hear Queenstown is equally phenomenal if you don’t fancy risking mortal injury. Explore historic Arrowtown or take advantage of Queenstown being the gateway to the Milford Sound and all the cascading waterfalls, sheer rock faces and serene beauty it offers.

Over to you

Have you been to New Zealand? What was your top five? And if you haven’t been yet, what are you most tempted to try?

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