This is a country that may be geographically distant from Britain, but feels a lot like going home.
I made that long journey from Manchester to New Zealand and toured the Pacific island nation from south to north.
The upper half of this land is its population and urban powerhouse, home to largest city Auckland and administrative capital Wellington.
But it’s still an island of wilderness, boasting volcano peaks, geothermal wonders cared for by the Maori people, and vast beaches.
It’s also a rich place for photography with vast, electric blue skies, varied landscapes and intriguing detail. New Zealand is definitely worth the hike.