The iconic local watering hole is home to a very special tree that has recently become a wee bit of a viral Insta sensation; and it’s slowly paying the price.
Lately, water levels have been low enough that tourists have been hooning out to the tree and climbing it in an effort to take that perfect gram.
The tree has already been pretty badly damaged, with a branch snapping off just before Christmas last year thanks to fucktard climber.
But now, the New Zealand Tourism Board has had it.
Yarning to Lonely Planet, the arboricultural officer for the Queenstown Lakes District Council, Tim Errington, explained that the tree is already fragile to begin with.
He said that from now on, more will be done to protect the precious natural landmark.
“Warning signs will be placed near the tree identifying the issues around climbing the tree, though we really want to avoid putting up fencing as this would have a significant impact on the amenity of the willow tree and take away some of the beauty associated with its stunning backdrop.
Though, should any further damage be sustained, Queenstown Lakes District Council may have to look into more substantial solutions to the issue around people climbing and damaging this very unique tree,” said Errington.
Warning signs in both English and Mandarin will be placed near the tree, ensuring it can live a happy, and branchful, life.