The Lake Hayes Walkway is an easy 8km walk around Lake Hayes, near Arrowtown, passing through a variety of vegetation on a well formed track.
Despite numerous holidays in Queenstown over the years we had never done this short and pleasant walk around Lake Hayes: the Lake Hayes Walkway. There are more interesting tracks to do first I guess, but this was a good option to stretch our legs after lunch in Arrowtown one day when we needed to recover from other longer tramps. There’s a bit of variety, with small wetlands and a number of wetland birds in residence, as well as small stands of trees, some native scrub and exotic plants/trees.
I imagine it would look nicer in other seasons – probably autumn and winter would be the pick. And they were planting natives along the banks in various spots in summer 2020/21, so the walk will only improve over time. Track notes at the end.
Lake Hayes Walkway: The Scenery
You can park your car and start the walk at a few different points. We started at the northern end and walked anti-clockwise. It’s a well formed track the whole way, as you can see on a number of the photos. It’s an 8km loop and the DOC estimate 2-3 hours. It would also make a good run or bike ride. More information on the DOC website.