Belgian photographer Johan Lolos spent a full year in New Zealand, posting pictures of his adventures on his Instagram account, @lebackpacker, working for the Lake Wanaka tourism department, and establishing a life where he gets paid to post. Here are his top shots from his year in New Zealand.
Hunker down in a fully outfitted private cottage and brace yourself for stunning views of the country's wild majesty.
Bikes and boards loaded on the VW Kombi Camper
Saint Bathans' Blue Lake
The helicopter ride to a luxury resort was undeniably sweet. But for Peter Heller, the greatest thing about New Zealand’s South Island was kayaking down a surly river with an old paddling buddy, in a country that’s still unbelievably pristine.
Our summer is the perfect time to migrate south to New Zealand, where July means trekking-perfect temperatures and no crowds
New Zealand has more than 9,000 miles of coast and hundreds of pristine beaches. From jagged, rocky shores to hidden black and white sands, turquoise lagoons to tumultuous surf, seaside natural hot springs to immense dunes, there’s a beach for every temperament in the land of the Kiwis. Whether it’s adventure, relaxation, or wildlife you want, we’ll guide you to the best stretches of coast on both of New Zealand’s wild islands. —Nick Davidson
Misted mountains and emerald fjords, ancient fern-ridden forests and cascading waterfalls, miles of empty black and white sand beaches. You’re likely to find any sort of wild path you’re willing to tread in New Zealand’s manifold lands rife with majesty. At times you’ll feel you’ve stumbled into a fantasy. And perhaps you have: your own. To navigate the Land of the Long White Cloud is easy, but to choose your path when time is shorter than your desire—that’s an overwhelming prospect. Here, we guide you, in your drop-jawed stupor, to the best terrain for two intrepid feet on both islands. You’ll need a sturdy rain jacket, good boots, and a hunger for adventure. Ramble down one path or hoof them all. We can’t promise you’ll want to leave, but you won’t leave the same. — Nick Davidson
Your Challenge: Choosing the right adventure in New Zealand, a place that offers the best of everything. Your Solution: Our heavily researched, carefully formulated, and totally brilliant ten-step plan.
I know of some companies that arrange travel in the States for trail runners, like Adventure Running Co [www.adventurerunningco.com]. They take your belongings to the next destination while you're running. I would love to take a trail run in New Zealand or Chile. Is there some similar program for those who would like to do the same abroad? –Joshua Melbourne, FL
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