My work takes me to some great places. I’m a huge fan of the South Island’s Mackenzie Country. I spent time there shooting a Western and the landscape is just amazing. Being there was like looking at paintings all day.

I love going up north – I’ve had really nice holidays in Mangawhai and Waipū Cove. We’d like to go north this summer; probably rent a house somewhere. I’ve been working more than holidaying this year and it’s time to put the balance right!

This summer I’m also looking forward to seeing The Great Kiwi Bake Off on screen. It was so much fun to shoot – the 12 wonderful bakers made some amazing creations and I found it so inspiring, I grabbed some recipes and did some baking myself.

What makes me happy in life right now is my work and being a mum.

Madeleine Sami hosts The Great Kiwi Bake Off, which airs Tuesdays, 7.30pm, TVNZ 2 and available on TVNZ OnDemand.

Reported by Kathryn Webster for our AA Directions Autumn 2019 issue

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