It'd be very hard to name only one place in all of New Zealand that one should visit. But Queenstown should definitely be at the top of the list. An abundance of pristine lakes nestled in verdant woodlands, majestic mountains rimming the skyline, myriad activities to satisfy any predilections, excellent food, wineries galore, this place has everything! We spent the better part of three months in the area, investigating the countryside, climbing the hills, sampling the cuisine. We also took a long weekend away to travel to Aoraki, or Mount Cook, to the Dark Sky Reserve there, where we experienced awe at the sheer immensity and splendor of the galaxy.
Wanaka is a pleasant little town in the hills outside of Queenstown. It has the honor to have what is arguably the most photographed tree in New Zealand, if not in the world. The Wanaka Tree started as a willow fence post that took root in the 1930's, and has continued to thrive in Wanaka Lake for over 80 years.