Lake Hayes Walkway

Lake Hayes Walkway


7 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

6 Walking

1 Arrowtown

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Lake Hayes in magic morning light


Time: 2 hour loop

Easy grade walk on a well formed track providing outstanding views of the lake and surrounding environs. Please keep dogs on a leash around the wetlands area which is one of the few sites you can observe the Australasian Crested Grebe. Parking and access.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandQueenstown RegionArrowtown


  • Walking
  • Free


Lucy's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Such a nice walk! Fairly flat - easy for all types of walkers & could do in trainers. Lovely scenes of mountains & lake. We parked on Rutherford Road which carpark at the end of it. There was also another car park off the main road which is a decent size.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Jess's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A stunning, yet easy, walk. Takes between two to three hours to do the whole circuit. There are two public toilets along the trail. The perfect outing for mountain, as well as wetland, views.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Romy de Boer


Ranking: 9/10

Walk around this nice, little lake.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Felicity Fay


Ranking: 8/10

Good, easy run/walk tracks, access to water, beautiful lake and surrounds.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Feli and Karsten


Ranking: 8/10

Quiet and sheltered place to stay. Great view of the lake, 2 hours to walk around, close to Arrowtown and Queenstown. Good hike trail and Shotover River. Nice for picnics too!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Stuart Arrol

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A well maintained and easily accessed path.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in April 2012

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John Hensman


Ranking: 9/10

A great option when time is short - approx 90mins, 8 kms. Always looks different by different times of the day. A nice easy leg stretch.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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