Lake Hayes

Free experience
Lake Hayes

What you can expect

Looking like it jumped off a postcard, Lake Hayes is an ideal day trip destination from central Queenstown. Located a short 15 minute drive from the centre of Queenstown and also a short distance from Arrowtown in the other direction, Lake Hayes is a popular destination for locals and tourists looking to escape to a peaceful location. Offering up perfect swimming conditions, ideal picnic settings and relaxing walking trails, Lake Hayes truly has it all. The walking and cycling track around the lake is a nice way to incorporate a little bit of adventure into your visit as it is only a short 8 kilometre loop journey. If you're looking to dine looking out to this beautiful view you can pack your own picnic to enjoy on the banks of the lake or you can dine at the popular Amisfield Bistro or Walnut Cottage. Amisfield Bistro serves up lunch and dinner as well as a delicious selection of some of the best wines in the country, while Walnut Cottage is popular for their brunch, lunch, coffee and cake options served in an alfresco setting. This is a relaxing and indulgent way to spend your time in the Otago region.


What you need to know

  • Location
  • 15 minute drive from Queenstown Activities
  • 8km loop walking/cycling track
  • Picnic spots
  • Swimming
  • Restaurants Eateries
  • Amisfield Bistro
  • Walnut Cottage
Beautiful scenery
Easy walking/cycling trail
Perfect picnic spot
Local eateries
Close proximity to Queenstown
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