Photographer captures NZ's stunning landscapes gallery

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"The world famous Willow tree of Wanaka. This is one of the most photographed trees in the world, and now that I'm based in Wanaka, it's a great inspiration for my shoots, especially at sunrise and sunset."

"Mt Aspiring, the matterhorn of the south. I got really close to it during a helicopter trip."

"Early morning at Te Pukatea Bay, Abel Tasman National Park. With friends, we camped just 10 minutes from this stunning place."

"Kayaking the crystal clear waters of Abel Tasman National Park has been one of my highlights in NZ."

"Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes, at sunrise. No contest, this has been the most stunning sunrise I've ever experienced in my whole life. I went to the lookout especially for a photo shoot but I really didn't expect the sky and the lake to turn pink."

"An amazing view on Lake Wanaka from Roys Peak. A hard walk but definitely worth it."

"Sunset on Waiheke Island. I've been amazed by this little paradise and its population."

"Coromandel Far North. That was the very first stop of my 3-month road trip around the country, and the Coromandel will always have a special meaning for me. I fell in love with the rolling green hills right beside the sea! "

"A starry night in the Coromandel."

"Milford Sound is something out of this world. I didn't know which picture to choose as it's a paradise for photographers! Everything seems to come directly from the Gods. The light, the waterfalls, the mountains, the fiords..."

"Looking upstream against the fast and powerful current of Huka Falls, in Taupo."

"A young kea at the top of Avalanche Peak, Arthur's Pass."

"View on Aoraki/Mt Cook, NZ's tallest mountain, and the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, with the pristine blue Lake Pukaki."

"Mt Ngauruhoe aka Mt Doom, in Tongariro National Park."

"The emerald lakes of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing."

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Travel photographer Johan Lolos is on a quest to travel the world, and photograph it.

The 27-year-old Belgian began his adventure in September 2013.

Travelling through Australia, he began posting his images on Instagram.

It wasn't long before he gained thousands of followers.

"In September 2014, nine months after I started being active on Instagram, I left Australia with 27,000 followers" Lolos said.

Now based in Wanaka, working with Lake Wanaka Tourism, Lolos plans to explore the rest of New Zealand and take all 67,000 of his followers with him.

"I first came to Wanaka last November, and I madly fell in love with the town. I wanted so bad to settle down for summer, so I contacted Lake Wanaka Tourism. I think this is truly the best place to live in New Zealand, and I'm now planning to stay here until the end of winter, when my visa will expire!" Lolos added.

"What I love about New Zealand is how pure it is! 'Pure' is the first word that comes to my mind when I have to talk about New Zealand to my friends and family in Belgium.

"I love the wildness, I love the fact that there's nobody here, especially in the South Island. Everything is still unspoiled, and it's not difficult to be just by yourself at the top of a mountain, with stunning views. I could definitely see myself living here for the rest of my live, but I have so much left to explore, that's why I'll probably go to Canada next".

Check out more of Johan Lolos' work on and on Instagram.

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