In his photo series #GandalfTheGuide, photographer Akhil Suhas takes his Instagram followers on an adventure-filled tour of some of the most beautiful places in New Zealand — all while dressed as The Lord of the Rings' Gandalf.
And it's a fitting costume: The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was shot across 150 locations in New Zealand, from Matamata to Queenstown and beyond.
"I wanted a recurring subject in my photos and with so many photographers visiting the country, I figured that I needed to do something to set me apart!" Akhil tells PetaPixel. "I was watching [Lord of the Rings] for the 5th time when I figured New Zealand is famous for 2 things: its landscapes and the [Lord of the Rings and] Hobbit Trilogies. So why not combine the two by having Gandalf in the landscapes?"
The photographer also tells the publication that while traveling, he would ask new acquaintances to pose in the costume, too, since filming self-portraits wasn't always the easiest option.
The results have since been shared on his Instagram account, which now has more than 10,000 followers.
In some of his posts, Akhil adds diary-like captions to document his journey and provide followers with a first-hand account of his travels. In one, he writes:
"Witnessing the turquoise water at Hokitika Gorge with #GandalfTheGuide has definitely been a highlight of our journey through middle-earth."
Needless to say, if you're planning or dreaming of traveling to New Zealand, be sure to check out more from Akhil below: