You actually have to take a little walk to get to the spot - not easy to see while driving past.Sad, indeed. I drove right by that spot in 2006 before it became famous and I don't recall seeing the tree. I guess that's a reflection on my ability to see great photo compositions.
Yes, I'm on their mailing list and received notification regarding the cancellation. I'll get there one dayAs a Kiwi, having been to Wanaka several times over the years, I have never seen the tree. But unfortunately in this country we have our fair share of yobs and vandalisers. Perhaps various illegal drugs makes them act irrationally. Sorry Richard but warbirds over Wanaka cancelled this year.