What was your greatest holiday?

Lynda: A fly fishing trip to Canada with two friends from the US. We were salmon fishing and it was absolutely gorgeous weather, great people, amazing food, plus two beautiful salmon.

Jools: My best holiday is being at home 'cos I'm always away - but I did love breaking in a wild mustang in American with my Californian horsey friends.

And the worst?
Lynda: Never had a bad holiday. You have to make it happen and enjoy whatever the day brings.


Jools: Life is what you make it. Haven't really had a bad holiday.

If we bump into you on holiday, what are you most likely to be doing?
Lynda: Fly fishing, eating, drinking, massage.

Jools: Riding horses, taking long hot baths and checking out the local restaurants.

If we could teleport you to one place in NZ for a week-long holiday, where would it be?
Lynda: In the middle of one of the South Island's amazing fly fishing rivers.

Jools: Hawera for the Horsemanship Clinic with Buck Brannaman from the US. Now that's a holiday!

How about for a dream holiday internationally?
Lynda: I spent an amazing time in the Rockies in Canada when I was younger, but now I have everything I need for a holiday in my own backyard.

Jools: No thanks, I'm a homebody.

What's the dumbest thing you've ever done when travelling?
Lynda: Left my fly fishing rod at home.


Jools: Getting on the plane.

Complete this sentence: I can't travel without ...
Lynda: Without my fly fishing rod and a picture of my dog Moose.

Jools: Thinking of my dog and horse waiting at home for me.

What's the best travel tip you've ever been given?
Lynda: Best travel tip I've been given? Always try and take your partner with you (given to me by my partner!).

Jools: Never pack more than you can carry (you have to be able to pick it up and run).

What was the most memorable meal you've had while travelling?
Lynda: Fresh salmon cooked on an open fire in Canada and soapberries for dessert, made by a North American Indian chef. In New Zealand I always stop at Mokau for whitebait.

Jools: The Boat Shed Cafe in Nelson is my favourite place to eat fresh fish.

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip?
Lynda: Great memories of friends and a fishing rod.

Jools: My saddle and horse gear.

Favourite airport to land at?
Lynda: Wellington Airport and Christchurch because it means I am coming home.

Jools: Auckland, home.

What's the next trip you've got planned?
Lynda: I'll be travelling around New Zealand in early October for our first kids' tour.

Jools: Walk around my farm and check the fences and drains.

Lynda and Jools Topp continue their culinary journey around New Zealand in season two of Topp Country, screening Sundays on TV One at 8pm.