Wanaka Tree in New Zealand- The most photographed tree in the world !Wanaka Tree in New Zealand a lonely tree has grown up to spread its wings just off shore at the south end of Lake Wanaka. It has become the symbol of tourism of NewZealand
Wanaka as a destination
Wanaka shares many of the characteristics that draw millions of tourists to Queenstown each year – the mountains, the lakes and the outdoors – yet it enjoys a far smaller profile. While it doesn’t have as many hotels and restaurants or the large bar scene, it still has a few great attractions of its own, and respectable eating and nightlife. Famous Wanaka Tree in New Zealand ?
Some Facts about Wanaka Tree
New Zealand’s most famous tree. Also known as That Wanaka Tree, 100-year old willow tree stands alone in the cool water of Lake Wanaka at Roys Bay. In the early 1900s the tree started its life as a fence post in that very spot – just a branch chopped off a large willow plugged in the ground. The determined willow wasn’t interested in life as a fence post and began to grow into the graceful tree we see today (Marjorie Cook, Stuff 2016).
Known as the “lone tree of lake Wanaka,” it is said to be one of the most photographed trees in all New Zealand. However, you still need to have the inside scoop to find it, as there are no signs directing people to the solitary tree. It’s just enough off of the beaten path to not be bothered by too many tourists unless they’ve done their research.
Instagram love for wanaka tree
Instagram has over 43,000 photographs of this tree at #thatwanakatree and its renown has been published in newspapers as far afield as the UK. There’s usually a crowd of photographers huddling on the shore to get the perfect shot. Professional and amateur photographers travel from around the world to see it. I photographed the tree on a bitterly cold morning at sunrise. I was the only person there and could choose the best position. I captured this long exposure just as the sun was breaking through the rolling mist. The misty backdrop over the Southern Alps beautifully frames the stark tree and the lake’s tide level is serendipitous