It’s supposed to be the most photographed tree in New Zealand, and possibly one of the most photographed trees in the world. This little tree started its life of fame as a fence post over 70 years ago – would you believe it?
One life long Wanaka resident remembers the tree back in 1939 when it was just starting out. It was formed out of an old willow fence post, which was used by Wanaka sheep Station to keep stock out of the township. She recalls as the tree grew, it actually lifted the fence wire to create a gap for the sheep to escape through.
"It shows anything that is alive has a determination to live" she stated. And I believe that to be true. It is a beautiful symbol of determination – the little tree that could!
There are no signs directing you to it’s solitary location, you need the inside scoop to find it. Which I think is great because it’s slightly off of the beaten track and not crowded by too many tourists.
My recommendation would be to try visit when the sun is low on the horizon. We went at sunrise so got the beautiful golden colours rather than the view being bleached out by the high sun. The light coupled with a backdrop of the South Island’s stunning snow capped Southern Alps – absolute perfection!
Also, at this time of day you’re likely to find this lone tree of Lake Wanaka…. alone!
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