Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand

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Lake Hayes is a small lake in the Wakatipu Basin in Central Otago, in New Zealand's South Island. It is located close to the towns of Arrowtown and Queenstown.

Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand
Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand

Its position and accessibility to both Queenstown and Arrowtown make it a popular local spot for picnics, and on a hot summer's day it's a perfect place to head for a lake swim. There is also an 8km track, the Lake Hayes Loop, which is a great circuit suitable for both walkers and bikers. The undulating gravel pathway has uninterrupted views of the lake and there are plenty of spots to stop and take it all in.

Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand
Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand

After your walk or ride, indulge in a well deserved glass of wine, or grab a table with friends for a shared lunch at Amisfield Bistro, a firm favourite with locals and rated as one of the best winery restaurants in New Zealand. Walnut Cottage, also at Lake Hayes, is another popular local hangout. They do brunch, lunch, coffee and cake and the garden and outdoor dining area is a great spot to chillout.

Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand
Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand

It's easy to see why Lake Hayes is called 'the most photographed lake in New Zealand' or 'mirror lake'. Reflecting the majestic mountains of the Wakatipu Basin and the earthy tones of the landscape, this lake offers a million and one Kodak moments. As you ride Lake Hayes, you'll experience a taster-plate of all that makes Queenstown special: Exquisite mountain and lake vistas, a boardwalk protecting local wildlife, historic cottages and a close-up view of some of the area's most notable homes.

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