Originally on our road trip through New Zealand‘s South Island, we weren’t planning on stopping in Wanaka. But after we finished fairly early at Lake Pukaki, we decided to add it to the schedule. It actually ended up being one of our favorite stops and in the future, I’d love to explore this area more. Wanaka is a town set in one of the most gorgeous locations I’ve ever seen. Modern and bright, the town itself looks like a resort with cafes and restaurants spilling out on the sidewalks. And it’s literally set on a gorgeous, huge lake surrounded by snow capped mountains. And if that wasn’t enough, one of the things the town is the most famous for is their very well known Wanaka Tree. Or as the Instagram location called it, “THAT Wanaka Tree.” Basically it’s a tree that is growing directly out of the lake, seemingly just there with no problem at all.
It really was one of the most stunning spots on our drive, but also one of the windiest, with intense wind you could barely stand to be in for very long. But all in all, THAT tree really is a sight to see, but so is the area of Wanaka… make sure you spend some time exploring Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island!
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