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Lakes Hayes Circuit


One of the NZ’s most-photographed lakes. Akarua Wine & Kitchen for coffee, Amisfield Winery and Bistro for lunch.

Lakes Hayes Circuit

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! 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

Local’s tip: Riding/walking this loop anti-clockwise is easier!

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Amisfield Entrance
Cycling on Lake Hayes with lake showing
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Lunch at Walnut Cottage2
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QTT Lake Hayes Trail Enjoying the View TNZ2014
QTT Lake Hayes Trail Photo Op TNZ2014
QTT Lake Hayes Trail TNZ2014
Thomas Brown ARt Gallery with Sign
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