When Andrew Brophy approached GoPro about doing a project in New Zealand it was a no brainer. The island country is blessed with natural wonders, with everything from volcanoes to glaciers to shockingly blue pools of water. It’s the sort of place where an adventurous group could really do some exploring with GoPros in tow, and Brophy knew just the guys to handle the task. Nuge, Mikey Taylor, Danny Brady, and Sean Malto joined Brophy’s party, strapping on their GoPros to bounce around New Zealand for eleven days of (mostly unplanned) outdoorsy fun. Oh, and of course there was skateboarding.
The boys ferried from the North Island to the South Island, driving up the West Coast and through Queenstown and then back to Christchurch, camping every night under the stars. “It’s not always good to do an unplanned trip,” Brophy says. “But if you’re around the right bunch of people who don’t mind camping and being grubby, it’s fun.” Along the way, there would be the requisite opportunities for exploring—helicoptering up to the tippy top of glaciers, diving into the freezing pools of Haast, bungee jumping (Brophy supervised), extreme river rafting—with each of them packing several GoPros set for photos, sequences, and video; classic first-person shooter scenarios. The schedule was kept purposely loose to accommodate for all of the inevitable GoPro-esque moments that are in abundance in New Zealand; the unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime Haast pool diving episode was the result of a hasty, last minute U-turn. The tiny cameras lend themselves really well to this lack of structure. Most magic can’t be planned, just be sure that the GoPro is on.
Andrew Brophy, front board, Dunedin, New Zealand. | Photo: Malto
Brophy’s favorite part of the trip? “It’s actually kind of a blur,” he says. “But I think that the boys were really tripped out by how beautiful New Zealand was.” Now we can see the beauty of the islands through their lenses.
GoPro's "Road Trip New Zealand" six-part skate series featuring Andrew Brophy, Danny Brady, Nuge, Mikey Taylor, and Sean Malto is now showing. Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4 are now live. And don't forget to grab your copt of The Skateboard Mag issue 151 for the whole adventure in permanent ink. (Also shot 100% on GoPro cameras.)