One of the NZ’s most-photographed lakes. Walnut Cottage for coffee, Amisfield Winery and Bistro for lunch.
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.
Just a stone’s throw from the lake shores on Lake Hayes Road is the award-winning Amisfield Winery and Bistro. An afternoon of wine-tasting and lunch in the vine-covered courtyard is a deliciously-decadent way to round off the perfect morning’s ride! Or, for a more rustic experience, head to Walnut Cottage. Enjoy great coffee and incredible home-cooked food in the shade of a giant 100 year old Walnut tree! Transport back home can be arranged.
Lake Hayes is at the very ‘heart’ of Queenstown’s 120 km trails – the jewel in the crown, it is easily accessible from Arrowtown, Queenstown and Gibbston sections. So while it’s an enjoyable short ride in itself (under an hour), many like to make a day of it and incorporate the Lake Hayes Loop into rides from Gibbston, Arrrowtown and Queenstown
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Local’s tip: Riding/walking this loop anti-clockwise is easier!
At Queenstown Bike Tours we are dedicated to the cyclist looking for an adventure cruising along the newly formed Queenstown trails. We have specifically chosen a cruiser style bike that is designed for maximum comfort and enjoyment on the Nga Haerenga New Zealand trails.
Situated in the original Dairy Factory are realist paintings on a grand scale.
A photographer’s dream. It’s worth the climb from Speargrass Flat Road – drink in the views across Lakes Hayes and up to the soaring Remarkable mountain range and out to Cecil and Walter Peaks.
The view from the western sideof Lake Hayes Trail. Take in the splendid views of the three surrounding mountain ranges.
Millbrook Spa Hidden amongst native forest and above the Mill Stream is the Millbrook Spa, natural grandeur outside, and total luxury within.
The Swain Bridge is found on the Arrowtown Millennium Trail, there is a perfect spot for a picnic beside the bridge.
Panoramic photo opportunities on the 80 metres long, Edgar suspension bridge which is 45 metres above the Arrow River
Coffee and a famous sticky bun at locals’ favourite, Provisions Café, Arrowtown