Photographer Travels New Zealand Dressed As Gandalf And The Pictures Are Amazing

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 30.04.19

With the Lord of the Rings TV series coming out on Amazon in the not-too-distant future, it’s about time we got back into the Middle Earth hype…

There’s seldom someone who has seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy and didn’t like it.

Sure, it’s a basic point of view but for me, the Frodo parts are like the half time in a football game; a breather to get another drink, go to the toilet, check Twitter etc, but the rest of it is always gold.


Almost everything about the original three films – I don’t want to talk about The Hobbit – worked perfectly, and if you read the books, you’d be hard pressed to believe that the grandeur of Middle Earth could be replicated on screen, but Peter Jackson and co did and amazing job of adapting the source material.


Obviously a lot of that is thanks to the like of practical and special effects, acting performances, scale of supporting cast, but mostly, the natural beauty of New Zealand.

It’s gotten to the point now where Middle Earth and New Zealand are interchangeable names for the same place, and one huge fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films wanted to take his fandom to the next level.


21-year-old Akhil Suhas decided to travel New Zealand, mixing in his love of Middle Earth when he took pictures of the beautiful landscape around him. Bringing along a Gandalf costume in his travels, Suhas captured images of various tourists who agreed to don the robes and hat, as well as himself in some cases.

Talking about his project, he said:

I was watching the Lord of the Rings for the fifth time and figured that New Zealand is famous for two things – its landscapes and Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, so why not combine the two by having Gandalf in the landscapes?


Once I started my road trip, I realised that I was travelling solo and wondered who would dress up, since I wanted to take the pictures.

I tried the camera on a tripod with a timer shot, which didn’t work since the wizard hat needed careful adjustment because it’s flimsy.

I feel like this whole photography project is far more effective than any New Zealand tourism board campaign could ever be, because I want to go there now more than ever.


Who can possibly turn down the untouched serenity of what you can see in these pictures, accompanied by a wizard. People love nature and they love wizards. Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.

I want to do this now.

Images via New Line Cinemas, Instagram