New Zealand is undoubtedly one of our favourite places to go. A land of beautiful scenery, friendly people and a tour where England can reliably be expected not to lose. Usually, England play three Tests, but the two coming up should still be great fun.

Auckland will certainly be a great occasion, as New Zealand's first day-night Test takes place. For once, the towering stands of Eden Park will be full for something other than an ODI or rugby match and the Barmy Army will surely be in great voice by day and night, just like we were in Adelaide.

The big question is, just how the pink ball will behave under the light in the early autumn conditions? With the likes of Jimmy and Broady on our side, Trent Boult and Tim Southee on theirs, it may be a good idea to have a few extra ideas of things to see and do in the Auckland region on days four and five.

Auckland certainly is a great city to visit, its population is similar to Birmingham's, but there ends any comparison. It has a beautiful harbour, some good beaches and the best attractions include the Bay of Islands and the Auckland Tower - where the brave or simply mad can take the skywalk or even abseil from the top. On a previous tour, the Pink Panther abseiled off in full kit!  

However, we have to warn you that any visit to One Tree Hill may bring disappointment, someone chopped it down a few years ago.

Like Auckland, Christchurch used to use a rugby stadium for Test matches, with all the strange dimensions and short boundaries that brings. However, Lancaster Park was heavily damaged in the 2011 earthquake. These days, the lovely Hagley Park offers a lush setting that is a throwback to the old day of grass banks that Australia has, apart from the Adelaide Oval - now lost. Christchurch did not stage any of the three Tests on our last visit in 2013, so this will be a first for us.

Past tours have been super fun in the stands and on the grass banks, with the home side's Beige Brigade a cut above the Fanatics with their one song and monotone rants.

This year should bring more of the same as a long winter on the other side of the world ends, we hope, with a series win for England. Last time saw us escape with a 0-0 draw thanks to a heart-stopping last wicket rearguard by Matty Prior and Monty Panesar, including Monty diving to avoid a run-out and still ending up short of the crease before crawling over the line.

However, with Ben Stokes back in the team and sure to get everyone fired up, hopefully in the right way, there is every reason to be optimistic.

So let's hope this time the excitement is of the right sort and the start of better things for the Test team after the Ashes!