Seeing as Blood Brother co-founder James Waller is currently in New Zealand visiting family, we decided to create our own virtual NZ holiday to join him in spirit.
Here are 3 of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.
Tongariro National Park
Now with approximately a million visitors a year, Tongariro was the first national park formed in New Zealand, and the fourth in the world. It was the first national park ever to be gifted by a country's indigenous people, on 23 September 1887. The last volcanic eruption within the park was in November 2012, from the Te Maari Crater and came with an enormous ash plume.
This clearwater lake in Wanaka is the largest in New Zealand by volume. The small town of under 8,000 occupants sits on the South Island, is just an hour away from Queenstown, and boasts 193 square kilometres of water.
The area around Wanaka is a formal sub-area of the Central Otago wine region with several top wineries and vineyards. So be sure to hiit W-Town if you're looking for that dank Pinot Noir.
There wasn't a chance we could do this list and not feature Auckland, one of the most aesthetically pleasing cityscapes on the planet. Sunrise and sunset along with clear skies and ocean provide a perfect contrast of orange and blue to light up the stage like a utopian metropolis.
As ex-capital of New Zealand, Auckland has a lot to prove, which is why from 2006-2008, it was ranked as the 5th best city to live in for quality of life, it has the friendliest people! Famous faces from the city include Zoë Bell and Martin Henderson. If you're gonna make the journey to the city with 50 volcanoes, be sure to call Auckland by it's native Maori name; Tamaki Makaurau.
Words by Max Furr.