Trip Notes

Trip Notes

New Zealand Herald's Stephanie Holmes and special guests feed your travel obsession. The world's best destinations, tips for being better travellers, and the things we can learn from our adventures ... it's the next best thing to being there yourself.

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August 16, 2021 30 min
How do you run a travel magazine when you can't travel?

Somehow, despite the world being shut off for the last 18 months, the NZ Herald Travel magazine has been able to not only survive, but also thrive and become an award-winning magazine.

But we're not going to lie - it's been a tough road.

In our final episode of this season's Trip Notes travel podcast, travel writer Juliette Sivertsen, Deputy Editor Maggie Wicks ...
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"I came back to Milford Sound because I couldn't get the shape of the landscape out of my head; those glacier-carved mountains plunging toward deep green water, the lichen and moss hugging the faces of giants who seemed to lean in and admire their faces in the deep stillness."

Actor and writer Michelle Langstone is rarely lost for words - except when she tries to describe the beauty of Milford Sound.

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What do you remember about family holidays growing up?

From being piled in to clunky old cars, to what felt like endless hours on the road, family road trips can make up some of our strongest childhood memories.

Join NZ Herald Travel Editor Stephanie Holmes and writers Juliette Sivertsen and Karl Puschmann as we discuss family travel memories, as well as tips and advice for planning a road trip with the kids in tow.

Read Karl's...
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How do you prepare for an adventure holiday?

From skiing getaways and hiking trips to intense Coast to Coast multi sport adventure tours, adventure travel is as much of a mental battle as it is a physical challenge.

In this episode of Trip Notes, join NZ Herald Travel Editor Stephanie Holmes and her writers Juliette Sivertsen and Maggie Wicks as they discuss their most active adventures in New Zealand and abroad, including the Jorda...
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June 21, 2021 38 min
What makes a luxury holiday so... luxurious?

Be it a city hotel or remote lodge, staying in luxury accommodation is often about bespoke service as well as exquisite amenities and fine dining.

In this week’s episode of Trip Notes, NZ Herald Travel Editor Stephanie Holmes is joined by writers Juliette Sivertsen and Greg Bruce to discuss their most luxurious stays in New Zealand and abroad - and what sets those places apart.

Hear about...
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Ever wish you could just get away from it all? The Travel team loves going to truly remote places, and this week, we're covering our favourites.

Listen to Maggie Wicks' story about 'podhopping' her way around the South Island, staying in the truly remote PurePods in Kaikoura, Waipara Valley and the Banks Peninsula. Then join Maggie, travel writer Juliette Sivertsen, and travel editor Stephanie Holmes discussing thei...
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What's the best part of travelling? Deciding where you're going to eat, of course!

In this week's episode of Trip Notes, New Zealand Herald Travel Editor Stephanie Holmes is joined by writers Juliette Sivertsen and Simon Wilson who talk about their favourite foodie experiences from New Zealand and around the world.

From childhood memories of fish and chips on the beach, to Michelin-star restaurants in Europe, to the stran...
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We're back! Trip Notes returns and this week we're talking love, romance - and how travel can help mend a broken heart.

To kick off, Travel Editor Stephanie Holmes reveals all - a breakup, a holiday fling, and a new relationship. Then the Travel team weighs in on all the places they've experienced holiday romance and romantic disappointment. This episode takes us to Paris, Sydney, New Orleans, Jerusalem, Taumarunui, Hawk...
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Facing a milestone birthday, Travel Editor Stephanie Holmes wanted to prove there was life left in her yet. So, she set off for Sri Lanka and joined a group cycling holiday... and ended up having the time of her life.

In this latest episode of Trip Notes, you're going to hear a reading of Stephanie's travel story where she tells all about her trip and the reasons the country is so special.

Then, Juliette Sivertsen talks to St...
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Everyone dreams of seeing the northern lights one day, right?

In this latest episode of Trip Notes, we head to Alaska. You're going to hear a reading of a travel article written by journalist Anna Harrison about her efforts to find the sometimes elusive, and definitely mysterious phenomenon that is the aurora borealis.

For more travel inspiration, go to https://nzherald.co.nz/tripnotes

You can follow the Herald travel team at http...
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"Jim's voice was like a man trying to touch his nose and hop on one leg at the same time, and falling over; it was like a garden path, overgrown with thistles and gorse, leading towards a swamp."

In this episode of Trip Notes, host Juliette Sivertsen revisits an article written by Steve Braunias about his trip to Rarotonga, the Shipwreck Bar and the legendary Jim Bruce.

For more travel inspiration, go to https://nzherald...
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The Scandinavians have long been praised for their smart thinking and innovative ways to bring beauty into everyday spaces.

In this episode of Trip Notes, host Juliette Sivertsen revisits a story by Herald feature writer Greg Bruce, about his visit to Stockholm to explore the Swedish way of life and the art of thinking differently.

For more travel inspiration, go to https://nzherald.co.nz/tripnotes

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In this episode of Trip Notes, we revisit a story published by Herald journalist Nicholas Jones, about his trip to Belgium and to the battle sites of World War I.

"A deflated rugby ball and a couple of plastic poppies mark Dave Gallaher's grave. Scrawls, handwritten in Vivid marker pens, make it look like a memento from a modern rugby match: the sort that a child hangs over the halfway tunnel, hoping his heroes will sign,&#...
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In this episode of Trip Notes, host Juliette Sivertsen takes a new approach to keeping your travel dreams alive during the lockdown.

As our guests are unable to come to the studio to record, we are revisiting some of our previously published travel stories. In this episode, we retell Herald journalist Kirsty Johnston's experience of a partial eclipse in Niue.

For more travel inspiration, go to https://nzherald.co.nz/tripnotes

Y...
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March 30, 2020 22 min
Broadcasting legend Judy Bailey discusses her earliest travel memories, as well as her passion for the beauty and wildlife of Botswana. Also, how does a news junkie switch off while they're travelling?

For more travel inspiration go to https://www.nzherald.co.nz/tripnotes and, when you're ready for your own adventure, go to https://www.houseoftravel.co.nz.

You can reach Stephanie Holmes at https://www.instagram.com/holmesstep...
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Bachelorette NZ contestants Lily McManus and Lesina Nakhid-Schuster share their experience filming in Argentina, using travel to get over a break-up and tips on how to make friends while travelling.

For more travel inspiration go to https://www.nzherald.co.nz/tripnotes and, when you're ready for your own adventure, go to https://www.houseoftravel.co.nz.

You can reach Stephanie Holmes at https://www.instagram.com/holmesstephanie o...
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In the new season of Travel podcast Trip Notes, chef, writer and presenter Peta Mathias shares how she fell in love with Paris, why India is still one of her favourite countries to lead a tour, and tales of love and heartache across the world.

The Eat Your Heart Out author speaks with Travel editor Stephanie Holmes and Travel deputy-editor Maggie Wicks.

For more travel inspiration go to https://www.nzherald.co.nz/tripnotes and, when ...
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Canadian-born, New Zealand-based country & soul singer/songwriter Tami Neilson is on the show this week, brought to you by House of Travel.

Tami grew up performing across North America with her parents and brothers as part of the Neilson Family Band - they lived in a 12m motorhome. "Travelling is my default mode. It's strange for me to be in one place for a long time," she says.

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Each episode, Trip Notes hosts Stephanie Holmes and Tim Roxborogh are joined by a special guest to talk all about travel. On this episode, brought to you by House of Travel, we chat with Newstalk ZB and TVNZ presenter Jack Tame.

He's been back living in New Zealand for a few years now, but Jack previously spent five years living in New York as 1 News' US correspondent. Is living in the city that never sleeps really as exciti...
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Each episode, Trip Notes hosts Stephanie Holmes and Tim Roxborogh are joined by a special guest to talk all about travel. On this episode, brought to you by House of Travel, we chat with TV host Hayley Sproull.

When she’s not busy hosting multiple primetime television shows like Great Kiwi Bake Off and Have You Been Paying Attention, Hayley Sproull has spent two decades performing with Lochiel, the most successful marching team in N...
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