Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island is known for its tranquil waters and stunning views. Residing in the lake is one very picturesque tree, so picturesque it is becoming it’s own Instagram star. Unfortunately, this comes at a cost. The influx of tourists in the area has now put the tree in danger.
The insta-worthy, Lake Wanaka Tree, is a singular willow tree that sits in the shallows of the lake. Recently the lake’s water has receded allowing tourist to swim out and climb the tree. Branches have already fallen off because of tourist disregard.
The damage is so noticeable that New Zealand Tourism has intervened.
The solitary willow has brittle branches and can crack easily. Shortly, the Queenstown District Council will be placing warning signs in both English and Mandarin to avoid tourists destroying the natural beauty.
In future, tourists need to be aware of the devastating effect they are having on the environment.
Lead Image: The beautiful Lake Wanaka on New Zealand's South Island, Shaun Jeffers