Lakes Hayes Walkway, Arrowtown

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Located in the Wakatipu Basin and surrounded by a mountain range, Lakes Hayes Walkway provides an easy scenic loop around the lake. The walk can be completed in a two-hour block or broken up into more manageable sections, with a picnic area providing a good rest point. The ease of the 10 km (6 mi) trail also makes it suitable for mountain biking or running. Considered by many as the premier lake in Wakatipu, Lake Hayes supports notable wildlife, including a healthy population of Australasian crested grebe. Wear comfortable shoes. A visit to Lakes Hayes Walkway represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Arrowtown family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Lake Hayes is my favourite lake amongst all the lakes around Queenstown. Its circuit is good for cycling and walking. We cycled the whole track and made lots of stops for photos, it's too beautiful! S...  more »
  • A lovely walk around a delightful lake, with good backdrops as well. If taken steadily would be about 2 hours, give or take, but we stopped a lot (as well as a 1 hour detour for coffee!!) so took abou...  more »
  • Bring some food for the ducks! Easy, well-surfaced path around the lake. Connects with other paths of the Queenstown Trail. A picnic and swimming area at the north end. We saw some people bicycling th...  more »