Roosting Shags On The Wanaka Tree

Roys Bay is home to New Zealand’s famous tree known as That Wanaka Tree, 100-year old willow tree stands alone in the cool water of Lake Hawea at Wanaka. As shown in this photograph, you can often find motionless shags (a species of bird) roosting on the stark branches. 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. The determined willow wasn’t interested in life as a fence post and began to grow into the graceful tree we see today (Marjorie Cook, Stuff 2016). This part of the lake is Roys Bay.