Celebs share their summer holiday plans

Nadia Lim

1: I'm off on my summer holidays to ...
Vietnam. It's my first visit to this country of amazing food and I can't wait. I'll be sipping Bia Hoi beer in a Hanoi beer stall, having Pho for breakfast, and shopping at floating markets. Wahoo!

2: Or I might spend some time at NZ's best beach which is ...
Otama in the Coromandel is pretty stunning, as is the Karikari peninsula where I got married.

3: Hopefully it will be as good as my best summer ever which was ...
When I had just finished high school (about 10 years ago), and was free of having to think about work, exams or the future. We camped at the Rhythm and Vines music festival in Gisborne and didn't have much sleep, but I didn't need much sleep back then.

4: To relax and unwind I'll be reading ...
There won't be time to read as this trip is going to be action-packed, like most of my holidays. I can't struggle sitting around for long and 'relaxing', I have to get up and cook and explore.

5: And listening to ...
Busy, bustling streets and chatter in Vietnam. For music, Foals, Fleet Foxes, Jack Johnson, The Black Seeds.

6: Then I'll fire up the barbie and cook ...
Jerk chicken ... I have a recipe for Jerk sauce that is sooooo good. Fiery good.

7: Then I'll toast to 2014 which I hope will be ...
As full-on as the last, but with a better work/life balance and seeing more of my family and friends.

Tanya Carlson

1: I'm off on my summer holidays to ...
To make my annual pilgrimage to the Great Barrier Island - looking forward to the ferry, camping in the middle of nowhere and spending Christmas with close friends from Copenhagen. I can't wait to show them the natural beauty of the Island in summer.

2: Or I might spend some time at NZ's best beach which is ...
Funnily enough, Awana Beach on Great Barrier - where we will be surfing up a storm.

3: Hopefully it will be as good as my best summer ever which was ...
Backpacking around Europe and spending lots of time in Turkey and the Greek Islands. A close second would be when my parents loaded up a truck with 10 horses, and took us camping and trekking through central Otago.

4: To relax and unwind I'll be reading ...
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I can't wait to read her latest novel.

5: And listening to ...
My own playlist made up of years of favourite songs on my amazing new Ultimate Ear UEBoom360 speaker - a wonderful birthday gift that has incredible sound, perfect for summer music.

6: Then I'll fire up the barbie and cook ...
Our friends are vegetarian - so lots of chargrilled vegies and kaimoana this Christmas.

7: Then I'll toast to 2014 which I hope will be ...
Full of laughter, love and success.

Boh Runga

1: I'm off on my summer holidays to ...
I don't want to go anywhere in particular. I'd like to visit Tiritiri Matangi and do some day trips and catch up with friends but I'm glad to have no set plans.

2: Or I might spend some time at NZ's best beach which is ...
I like Tawharanui but any beach that has the option of some shade is a good beach.

3: Hopefully it will be as good as my best summer ever which was ...
It's my little secret so I can't talk about it. Suffice to say it was truly memorable.

4: To relax and unwind I'll be reading ...
The Twelve by Justin Cronin and First Thrills: Volume 2 a collection of stories by various authors. And whatever I find on the Kindle Store that takes my fancy.

5: And listening to ...
The crack and shrill of tui and the tinkle of ice in my glass.

6: Then I'll fire up the barbie and cook ...
Corn, marinated steak and pork. And bacon-wrapped banana for dessert. Mmm ...

7: Then I'll toast to 2014 which I hope will be ...
Not as whirlwind as 2013. This year has flown by. I hope 2014 brings more laughs and adventures for everyone.

- Herald on Sunday

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