Stephanie Holmes, Lifestyle and Travel Editor, Premium, for New Zealand's Herald, works as an editor, writer, and editorial leader, and as a presenter of videos and podcasts.
Stephanie Holmes has worked at New Zealand’s Herald since 2016, specialising in Travel and, more recently, Lifestyle and Entertainment, with her entire journalism career dedicated to these subjects. Under her editorship, the Herald’s weekly Travel magazine won the 2020 Voyager Media Award for Best Newspaper Magazine – a remarkable achievement considering New Zealand’s borders were closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and Kiwis were unable to travel. In 2022, she was a finalist for the Voyagers’ Editorial Leader of the Year award. Born and raised in the UK, Holmes graduated with a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies from Anglia Ruskin University, followed by a post-graduate journalism diploma. She arrived in New Zealand in 2003 and has lived in Auckland ever since.
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History, Game of Thrones, and cheese: The best reasons to visit Malta and Corsica
These Mediterranean gems are off the beaten track but well worth a visit.
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Oceania Vista: An insider's guide to the world's newest cruise ship
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An opulent lodge isn't just for couples - you can enjoy it solo, too.
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The launch featured luxury of epic proportions.
Great Walk, better bunks: Routeburn's luxury route
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Scenic surprises: The hidden gems to be found on the Gold Coast
This is the Gold Coast, but not as you might know it.
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QT on the GC: What it's like staying at a hip hotel in Surfers Paradise
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8 reasons why there’s a cruise ship for everyone, including you
If you think you're not a cruiser, you just haven't found the right ship yet.
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What it's like flying from Auckland International Airport after the floods
The international terminal saw chaos in the recent floods. But what's it like now?
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