That Wanaka Tree
That Wanaka Tree
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  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,892 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    #thatwanakatree
    #thatwanakatree is just a tree in a lake. But it’s also become an iconic stop in wonderful Wanaka that’s easy to get to and it’s a great pic to add to the family album. Also brilliant spot for people watching. There’s seriously weird poses people take forever to get exactly right. I mean how many takes does it get to look broodily off into the distance… standing by tree?? And lots of rudesby ratbags who don’t believe they should have to wait. Perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the farce.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Joyman L
    Perth, Australia1,730 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hashtag...something... I think
    Visited in May 2023 Plenty of parking and located within town, this place can get busy due to its ease of accessibility, free entry and popularity. Some may argue that it is just a tree and sure it is. The simplicity and calmness at dawn is stunningly peaceful. Pram and wheel-chair friendly.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Judee
    Livermore, California1,388 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t go out of your way to see this tree.
    I’ve never even heard of this tree until I got to Wanaka. The only reason I stopped to take a picture was because I rented an e-bike with my friend and we were headed on the path out towards the Edgewater restaurant. It’s a tree in the lake that grew from an old post. Nothing that special.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 20, 2024
  • SenMING
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A symbol of resilience
    Sure, I can help you write a review of The Wanaka tree. Here is a possible draft: Subject: A beautiful and symbolic tree I visited The Wanaka tree, also known as the Wanaka willow, on a sunny day and was captivated by its beauty and uniqueness. The tree stands alone in the water of Lake Wanaka, surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop. It is a popular spot for tourists and photographers to take photos, and I can see why. The tree made me wonder what makes it so special and how it can survive in such a harsh environment. It is a crack willow, a species that can grow from broken branches that fall into the water. To me, it is a symbol of resilience and perseverance, and a reminder of the power of nature. I highly recommend visiting The Wanaka tree if you are in the area. It is a beautiful and inspiring sight that you won't regret seeing, and get the positive vibes for our life.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 18, 2024
  • meltahere64
    Gold Coast, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wanaka Tree no.2
    A lovely spot when it's not busy with too many tourists who sometimes spoil the moment there especially large bus group. But my sister took me to another wanaka tree, found in Bremner Bay, called the Dick tree located in a kids mushroom bike park. You have too laugh at this🤣🤣🤣🤣
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 13, 2024
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,968 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
We had an extended stay in Wanaka due to the Covid-19 lockdown so it was easy to see the famous tree in the lake without too many visitors being around.

It's located to the left hand side of the bay as you look towards the lake from the town centre so if you're not keen on walking head to the car park at that end of town. It's a bit unique in that it is located offshore and survives in the lake, then combine that with the backdrop and you have a picture postcard.

I'd recommend actually taking a walk beyond the Wanaka Tree along the shoreline towards Waterfall Creek for some additional nice views of the town and lake. If you have the energy and time, a walk along part of the Glendhu Trail in that same direction would be worth considering (there is a car park at Waterfall Creek where you can access the trail).

We learned that some locals are not that keen on the tree and in fact prior to our visit someone had vandalised it by cutting off a few branches. There are lots of trees around Lake Wanaka and in the autumn it is quite colourful.
Written October 2, 2020
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topplan
Whakatāne, New Zealand88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
People come from all around the world to view this unique tree. Starting life in this lake as a willow fencepost, it now has such huge pulling power. Show me one photographer who has been to Wanaka and not taken its photo!
Written September 22, 2020
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TripNicky
London, UK222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
It was one of the reasons I decided to do one night in Wanaka on my trip around New Zealand. The tree that grows out of the water has become Instagram famous. It does make for some great photos. There is a sign near the water appealing for people not to swim out to it and climb on it as it has suffered damage. The day I visited wasn't the best weather but I still managed to get some nice snaps and I would say it was worth a quick visit. You certainly wouldn't stay more than half an hour and expect a lot of other tourists doing the same thing that you are.
Written March 21, 2020
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Teo L
Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Finally got to meet "That Wanaka Tree" that's created a lot of buzz.. It is pretty special. Don't be afraid to ask people not to stand on the tree roots or ask if they are going to be long after 10 mins waiting, particularly when there are others waiting. Some consideration would be appreciated.
Written February 6, 2021
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Sammy&Stuey
North Yorkshire, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Well what you can say about this iconic 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, amazing!!! Lots of people around taking photos. Few people out with their drones over the lake/tree. Beautiful place to stop, unwind have a beer and chill. Car park was about a 5 min walk to the tree.
Written April 8, 2020
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Kenneth M
Miranda, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
She's soldiered on all alone for well over one hundred years now. Don't listen to the knockers, get up there and take a few pics. . . probably THE most photographed tree in the world, and desrvedly so! The crack of dawn seems to show her at her most photogenic, bless her!
Written October 23, 2020
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Judee
Livermore, CA1,388 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I’ve never even heard of this tree until I got to Wanaka. The only reason I stopped to take a picture was because I rented an e-bike with my friend and we were headed on the path out towards the Edgewater restaurant. It’s a tree in the lake that grew from an old post. Nothing that special.
Written January 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SenMING
Johor Bahru, Malaysia89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Sure, I can help you write a review of The Wanaka tree. Here is a possible draft: Subject: A beautiful and symbolic tree I visited The Wanaka tree, also known as the Wanaka willow, on a sunny day and was captivated by its beauty and uniqueness. The tree stands alone in the water of Lake Wanaka, surrounded by a stunning mountain backdrop. It is a popular spot for tourists and photographers to take photos, and I can see why. The tree made me wonder what makes it so special and how it can survive in such a harsh environment. It is a crack willow, a species that can grow from broken branches that fall into the water. To me, it is a symbol of resilience and perseverance, and a reminder of the power of nature. I highly recommend visiting The Wanaka tree if you are in the area. It is a beautiful and inspiring sight that you won't regret seeing, and get the positive vibes for our life.
Written February 18, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Joyman L
Perth, Australia1,730 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Visited in May 2023

Plenty of parking and located within town, this place can get busy due to its ease of accessibility, free entry and popularity. Some may argue that it is just a tree and sure it is. The simplicity and calmness at dawn is stunningly peaceful.

Pram and wheel-chair friendly.
Written September 30, 2023
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Stephy55
Napier, New Zealand50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Interesting to see but can’t see what all the hype is about - it’s just a tree in the water. Nice views of the mountains behind it. Unfortunately was showery and windy when we visited and the lake choppy. I imagine it would look much nicer on a stunning day.
Written November 14, 2020
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