Go NZ: Travel Editor’s picks for New Zealand getaways

A life in NZ Travel – NZ Herald Travel Editor Stephanie Holmes

What are your favourite memories from childhood family holidays in New Zealand?

Unlucky for me, I didn’t grow up in New Zealand. I first arrived on a working holiday visa and I planned to spend only six months here. Seventeen years later, I’m still here, which shows just what huge power New Zealand has to captivate and cast a spell on visitors.

My first family holiday in New Zealand was after I’d been here three months. My mum came over from the UK for a holiday and we travelled from Auckland to Wellington, crossed the Cook Strait then toured around the South Island. We ticked off a lot in two weeks — the Coastal Pacific and Tranz Alpine rail journeys, a walk on Franz Josef glacier, a day trip to Milford Sound and a bungy jump in Queenstown (for me, not my mum. Although never let age hold you back . . . )

Where is your favourite off the beaten track spot in NZ to get away from it all?

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