Lake Hayes Walkway

Track category

Walking track
Mountain bike - Easy


2 - 3 hr return (walking)


Lake Hayes.
Lake Hayes

Stroll, walk, run or cycle around a lake surrounded by spectacular mountains; also home to a healthy population of Australasian crested grebe.

Getting there

Start/Finish: Lake Hayes Pavilion and show grounds on SH 6; Bendemeer Bay; North Lake Hayes picnic area; Arrowtown Rd and Rutherford Rd (off Speargrass Flat Rd).


Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching
Fishing Fishing
Mountain biking and cycling Mountain biking and cycling

Mountain biking

Track description

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Other activities

Other activities at Lake Hayes Walkway inlcude swimming, enjoying lookout and views, and having a picnic.

About the area

Arrowtown area

A variety of walks around Arrowtown take in historic sites and amazing scenery. Ensure you are prepared for the weather conditions.

Related link

Australasian crested grebe/kāmana


Find out more


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Otago places


Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 442 7935
Address:   50 Stanley Street
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