So, I have just returned from 3 glorious weeks on the beautiful island of New Zealand. I will try to keep my boast short but wanted to share with you the sheer jaw dropping beauty of this awesome country for any of you thinking of visiting/working/moving here. For any of you potentially looking to move (or move back) this was a real life road trip – hence the pics aren’t that glossy, it’s a true representation of a working holiday for me to discover a little bit of New Zealand.
I arrived in Auckland on the North Island which is just stunning (a word you will hear a lot). From the iconic Sky Tower to the gorgeous yacht lined harbour to the highrise buildings of the CBD, where many of the top companies in the world have offices. Before visiting our office, I sat watching the world go by in a restaurant overlooking the harbour with a glass of Sauvignon (Marlborough obviously!!) wondering why I run the UK office? Lisa Gray (The Boss) – I need a transfer……….
Then I headed off to Rotorua (under 3 hours from Auckland) for an action packed few days zip wiring through the ancient forest with Ecozip Adventures, visiting Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa. Mark our guide was extremely knowledgeable and given us an informative and entertaining tour of the Mud Pools. Finally we took the Kawarau Jet over to Mokoia Island. As an extra treat, when we arrived at Mokoia Island we were greeted by a large group of school children who had been selected from across New Zealand and brought to the Island to learn more about Maori tradition and meet new friends, they were practicing their Haka as we arrived on our jet boat.
After all that I headed off for some ‘R & R’ to an amazing beach house in Opononi (under 4 hours from Auckland) with the most stunning views of the sea, beach and sand dunes. Using this as a base, I then travelled to Paihia (about an hour away) to pick up the Bay of Islands/Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise. Wow – stunning (there’s that word again) islands, dolphin watching, fun/informative commentary, sunshine and lunch (and more sauvignon) – not a bad day at the office. Then it was off to Kawiti Glowworm Caves (about 20 mins) but sorry folks no pics as the little glowworms are camera shy but well worth a visit.
I then headed back to Auckland for a few days to prepare myself for the part I was looking forward to the most….Waiheke Island!! So how would I describe Waiheke Island? Beaches & vineyards – what else do you need in life? As a wine and beach lover I had found utopia – sunny days spent wine tasting in the many vineyards (which is surprisingly cheap) and early evenings swimming in the sea and strolling along the beach. My two favourites were ‘Wild on Waiheke’ as the laid back vibe and fantastic live music attracted everyone from groups of students to couples with children and ‘Peacock Sky’ because of the highly interesting (and very quaffable) wine & food pairing tasting session, given by the passionate and knowledgeable owner (Nick). What is most surprising is that it is only a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland so many New Zealanders often pop over after work on a Friday to de-stress – beats sitting on a sweaty tube ‘eh? So I am now back home and dreaming of my next trip where I will visit the mountains, lakes and glaciers (and more wineries) of South Island. On a final note I must mention the loveable kiwi’s – I have never met such friendly people anywhere else in the world. I did not come across a single person who appeared unhappy or miserable – mind you, living in NZ how could you be!! This gives you a tiny snapshot of New Zealand, if you’re looking for information regarding working and living in New Zealand please pick up with us – we are well informed, have a large and growing network of people who have relocated from both overseas or who live in NZ and had a change of region. Get in touch with our very knowledgeable recruiters.