Lake Hayes

Lake Hayes


As you drive from Queenstown to Arrowtown you are treated to the site of the beautiful Lake Hayes. On a clear day the lake mirrors the spectacular mountains around it and the lake is also really popular with fishermen.

However, given the delicate eco-system of the lake boats on the lake are warned to keep their speeds right down, and trolling is only allowed on boats without motors.

Lake Hayes Tour

by Bernard Spragg

Lake Hayes went through a naming confusion when it was first settled. It was originally known as Hays Lake in recognition of an Australian who had gone to the area looking for land suitable to raise sheep. The name change to Lake Hayes came about after people mistakenly assumed that the lake was named after a colourful local personality – Captain “Bully” Hayes; which it is not.

If you are not keen on being in or on the water then you can enjoy the Lake Hayes walking track. It takes about 2 – 3 hours to go from the Lake Hayes Pavilion (State Highway 6) and takes you completely around the lake. There are also picnic areas and a cycle track to be enjoyed.

A public beach at the northern tip of the lake has large picnic areas and public toilet facilities. Birdwatchers are advised to keep an eye out for the Australasian Crested Grebe which is known to nest in the area.

Date posted: 10th October, 2018

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