Professional travel and adventure photographer Johan Lolos spent an entire year traveling across New Zealand, spanning over 15,500 miles. He didn't just visit the more popular locations on the two main islands. He also traveled to the more remote and largely unknown regions including Stewart Island, New Zealand's third largest island.
The following photos are among his favorite collected along the way, each holds a near and dear memory for Lolos. He hopes others find their own source of inspiration looking at the unmatched beauty that is New Zealand.
Southern Lights In Wanaka
The adventurer writes that he spent the majority of the trip traveling in a camper van or his own car with friends. Lolos found endless inspiration out in the wilderness but he also met a lot of awesome local people. He writes, "Kiwi people are one of a kind!"
Camping Atop Roys Peak, Lake Wanaka
His trip spanned from October 2014 to September 2015, at which time Lolos returned home to Europe. In May 2016 he has plans to move to Canada for a year. Despite his busy schedule, Lolos knows he will be back to New Zealand sooner rather than later.
He writes, "New Zealand changed my forever. It was there that I started my career as a full-time photographer, it is there that I discovered my passion for the outdoors and mountains, and it is there that I lived for 7 months in the most relaxing place on Earth: Wanaka."
Roys Peak, Wanaka
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
The adventurous photographer has made quite a name for himself on
Instagram, where over 230k followers look forward to his breathtaking photos.
Franz Josef Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park
Cardrona Ski Resort
Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park
Moke Lake, Queenstown
Aoraki, Mt Cook National Park
Abel Tasman National Park
Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park
See all photos from Lolos' journey around New Zealand, and don't forget to follow him on Instagram!