The Lone Tree in Lake Wanaka is probably one of the most iconic and famous trees in the world. A tree standing in the water in Lake Wanaka, surrounded by snow capped mountains and an equally beautiful shoreline – it might just also be one of the most photogenic trees in the world.
How To Get To Wanaka Tree
The Lone Tree is located in the town of Wanaka in Otago, New Zealand. Wanaka, in my opinion, was one of the most scenic and beautiful towns we visited in New Zealand. The town is about an hour’s drive from Queenstown, and makes for a great escape from the relatively crowded shores of Lake Wakatipu.
When I first walked onto the shores of Lake Wanaka, the lone tree was no where to be seen. Lake Wanaka is really big and it’s difficult to spot the tree if you’re standing opposite the shops and restaurants on Ardmore Street. To get to the tree, walk further south along the shore of Lake Wanaka. In fact’s, it’s a fairly long walk so it might make sense to take your car and park it just before all the houses on Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Road. Then walk along the shore on the pedestrian path until you see the tree. It’s hard to miss it given that there are always tons of tourists taking pictures there.
That Lone Tree Of Lake Wanaka Photo Gallery
Is This The Loneliest Tree In The World?
The Lone Tree of Lake Wanaka isn’t in fact all that lonely. It’s not that far away from other trees. The loneliest and most isolated tree in the world was at one time the Ténéré Tree – a solitary acacia tree, once located in the middle of the Sahara Desert in central Niger. The tree was so isolated, that the closest tree was almost 400 kms away! Its roots ran 12 metres (40 feet) deep and the tree served as a landmark for caravans.
However, this is the unfortunate part, in 1973 the Ténéré Tree was run down by a truck. A Libyan driver smashed the tree’s trunk as he drove straight into it. How? He was probably drunk. Seriously, there was no obstacle in his way for miles!
So, maybe the Lone Tree of Lake Wanaka is now the world’s loneliest tree? Maybe not because of all the tourists that come to visit it every single day!