Today's trek took us South again to Wanaka. I'd been looking forward to Wanaka for so long now I could barely contain myself.
Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka is the most tranquilly set of the South Island lakes.
Wanaka is a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. At the southern end of Lake Wanaka, it is at the start of the Clutha river and is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Historically, Maori visited the Wanaka area to hunt and fish in summer or on their way to seek pounamu on the West Coast. The current town was founded during the gold rush of the 19th century.
That Wanaka Tree! Okay, I am going to be the first to admit that this is probably the most over-shot place in the whole entire world. Everyone has said that to me...I don't care! I came to Wanaka with two images in mind. Roy's Peak (that's for tomorrow) and this damned tree. I sat there this afternoon and photographed it from all the angles I could see. The sunset didn't really happen, the tree was a bit barren and there was a fool with a drone chasing the birds but I think these shots were a success. Now it's confirmed...This is the most photographed tree in the world!