What was your greatest holiday?

Otago Rail Trial. What a magnificent bike ride and trip. Sensational for all ages.

And the worst?

Los Angeles. Just so huge and uninspiring. And smog-ridden.


If we bump into you on holiday, what are you most likely to be doing?

Probably learning bloody lines.

If we could teleport you to one place in New Zealand for a week-long holiday, where would it be?

Arrowtown. Millbrook. Golf, wine, food and walks and the air. Inspiring. No smog.

How about for a dream holiday internationally?

London. Heritage and theatre.

Aisle seat or window seat?

Aisle on short flights and window on long flights.

What's the dumbest thing you've ever done when travelling?

Went for a walk in the most dangerous place to go in LA.

Complete this sentence: I can't travel without ...

I can't travel without my sports trainers. So I can exercise in whatever way possible.

What are the best travel tips you've ever been given?

Dress down, don't stand out like a tourist and don't be a smart arse to security.

What was the most memorable meal you've had while travelling?

A restaurant in the middle of the South of France with fellow Hobbit actor John Callen and his family. OMG it was in an open square and the food and wine was exceptional, the company outstanding. It was summer and it was like being in the early 20th century.

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip?

A model Range Rover given to me by my mate Mike Ferguson after doing some work with motivation and entertainment within Rover and Jaguar staff. Shame it wasn't the real thing.

Favourite airport to land at?

Was Hong Kong's old airport. Flying between the apartment blocks and landing on a sixpence. Exhilarating.

What's the next trip you've got planned?

Lots of discussion about Tasmania plus Tauranga to visit my brother and sister-in-law Alan and Mary.

Mark Hadlow reprises his role in 'Mamil' (Middle Aged Man In Lycra), returning June 9 and 10 to Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna.