We know how hard our students work during the semester. So, by the time study break arrives, we all want to get out of town and relax on the beach. Well, not all of us. Some of us would prefer to put the pedal to the metal and take advantage of all of the adventure tourism New Zealand has to offer. New Zealand is absolutely full of great places to spend some time while you’re on break, but where is the best of the best? We go over five killer locations to spend a holiday!
The Coromandel peninsula is an otherworldly paradise full of white sand beaches, dramatic coastlines, native bush, and plenty of sun. Even better, it’s just a few hours from either Auckland, Hamilton, or Tauranga. So, where’s good?
Whangamata is one of the spiritual centres of New Zealand surfing and has great restaurants and bars. Just five minutes north from there, you’ll find Opoutere, a deserted, tree-lined beach which is a hidden gem. On the other side of the peninsula, the beautiful Pinnacles walk leaves from the Thames, and who could forget Cathedral Cove in Hahei—known worldwide since it was used as a filming location for the Chronicles of Narnia.
This one’s great for those doing a barista course, or anyone with a taste for culture and urbane living. While Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, Wellington is known as the cultural capital. It has a strong coffee culture, and while you’re there, make sure you try out a few of the many cafes the city has to offer. The restaurant and bar scene is also thriving, and the nightlife is considered the best in the country.
However, it’s not to say that Wellington doesn’t have anything in the way of natural beauty to offer. Taking a drive around the scenic south coast reveals a rugged and windswept landscape that is utterly captivating. At Red Rocks, you can even see seals. Closer to town, the walk up Mt. Victoria is a must, providing stunning views of the city and surrounds that will make you fall in love with the place.
New Zealand has an international reputation as a country to visit if you’re seeking thrills. Adrenaline junkies unite, because Queenstown has everything you could ever want. This is not an exhaustive list, but here you can go: bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boating, white water rafting, ziplining, and much more. Whether you’re after that one experience you’ll remember for your whole life, or you’re trying to fit in as many as you can in the time you have, you’re sure to leave with that adventure itch well scratched.
Of course, Queenstown is more than just adventure tourism. It’s nestled right in the Southern Alps, New Zealand’s biggest and most dramatic mountain range. That means it’s an international snow sports and mountain biking destination, depending on the season. Even if you have no bike or skis, a hike up some of the mountains will do the trick. Try the Ben Lomond climb, located right next to town.
One of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in New Zealand has to be the central volcanic plateau. Dominated by the three volcanoes Ruapehu, Tongariro, and Ngauruhoe, this twisted landscape was the filming location for Mordor in the Lord of the Rings for good reason. The Tongariro Crossing is New Zealand’s most famous hike and is a well-maintained trail suitable for anyone with a reasonable degree of fitness. Afterwards, relax in the natural hot springs in Tokaanu—some believe they have healing properties.
Just to the north of the mountains lies Lake Taupo, the largest in the country. The town of Taupo, on the north side of the lake, has accommodation, bars, restaurants, and everything else you could need on your getaway. While you’re there, consider checking out the mighty Huka Falls and the Craters of the Moon geothermal walkway for a lunar landscape of bubbling mud and geothermal vents.
Located just outside of Nelson is the Abel Tasman National Park, home to golden beaches and blue water that will make you feel like you’re in a dream. The park is most famous for the Abel Tasman track, one of New Zealand’s great walks. The coastal walkway takes between 3 to 5 days and is world-renowned for its dramatic coastal scenery and beaches.
Nearby are the towns of Takaka and Motueka. These places have an old-school hippie character, and many wandering travellers have blown in and stayed for years longer than they intended. Takaka is the gateway to Golden Bay, a true holiday destination of the finest kind. A shallow coastal area separated from the rest of the South Island by a sharp mountain range, you’ll enjoy Golden Bay’s rugged isolation as much as you enjoy its golden sand and shining seas.
Don’t have a study break to go on?
Study break is the best time of the year, but you don’t get one if you’re not studying. Crown Institute of Studies offers a variety of courses in New Zealand from tourism, to hospitality, to business and English language courses. With us, you’ll get work experience in the industry you choose while you study for your qualification, allowing you to go straight into work when you’re done. Contact us to enrol today and start your New Zealand adventure!
It’s not uncommon for flight attendants to start their day in the wee hours of the morning. Since you have to be well-prepared before take-offs, flight attendants need to get up early and should be ready to go at least two hours before their flight. It’s not just so they can spend some serious time perfecting that primed flight attendant look! All cabin crew members also have to go through a customary briefing before boarding the plane.
Crew members run through topics such as safety, security, and first aid. Then, there’s a quick Q&A test before the flight attendants are allowed to operate the flight. After which, they are given flight details such as what specific meals are loaded in the plane, passengers that need special care, and if there are any turbulences to expect during the flight. Finally, flight attendants are assigned to specific positions which determine their responsibilities on the day’s flight.
The first task required of flight attendants while onboard the aircraft is to make sure that the aircraft is ready for onboarding. They start by checking all the necessary emergency equipment (safety cards, life jackets) and making sure each seat has a complete kit in usable condition. They then test the entertainment system and ensure lavatory equipment is functioning and that supplies are ample.
Since flight attendants are given designated tasks according to your role for the day, responsibilities may vary. You could be the one assigned in the aisle section or you could be tasked with counting all the meals and trays for the flight. You may also need to document the locations for inflight service items and ensure the total amount of supplies are enough for the total passenger load. We know, it’s a lot of responsibilities! But not to worry—flight attendants work as a team. The success of the flight doesn’t solely rely on just one person, it relies on the overall cooperation of each team member!
The cabin manager who leads the cabin crew then calls for boarding and the rest of the flight attendants make their way to their boarding positions. While passengers aboard the aircraft, flight attendants can help passengers with their load. Though not a required procedure, it’s always a nice gesture to offer a lending hand to families – especially those with children, to carry and lift their bags so that other passengers can get to their assigned seats faster.
Once everyone is settled, the flight attendants close the overhead bins, close the doors, and prepare to head to their demo positions. They will demonstrate aircraft emergency procedures and safety features to passengers. After the demo, flight attendants will check the seatbelts and make sure passenger are seated safely. Once they finish their respective sections in the aircraft, they head on to aft galley and the cabin manager lets the captain know that cabin is secure.
As the seatbelt sign turns off, the flight attendants can begin their service. They make their way to the aisle to turn on the entertainment system and start distributing customs cards to passengers. After that, they start to serve the passenger meals, followed by rolling out the beverages.
Next, they come back out with the empty carts from meal services and collect all the rubbish. Some passengers will request for different beverages after the meal service. Flight attendants are also tasked to process credit cards and passenger’s change as they run orders. It’s all hard work! But at the end of bar service, it’s usually break time for the crew!
After the seatbelt signs are turned off, flight attendants help passengers get off the aircraft. The cabin members stand alongside the captain at the front of the aircraft and bid farewell to the passengers.
Depending on a flight attendant’s flight schedule, there may be enough time for downtime where they can hang out, take a nap, work out, or have a sit-down meal. Other times, in-between flight schedules are just too tight that they go straight from one gate to the next. But it’s okay, some trips will allow you days off in a new country which gives you more time to explore and become a tourist yourself!
Being a flight attendant doesn’t limit you to flying the same schedule you have flown countless times. It’s not routine work, nor is it a 9 to 5 job. Each day looks different when you’re a flight attendant. You never know what to expect or who you will meet on a particular day. And that is why each day demands a fair share of mental, physical, and emotional preparation. There is paperwork to finish, demanding passengers to deal with, unexpected situations to overcome, and routine preparation to accomplish. Yet, along with it comes some of the most memorable and meaningful experiences you will take part in. You will explore new places, get to meet new people, and experience soaking in different cultures! Each day holds a different kind of surprise but expect tons of lessons to pick up en route to every destination!
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