Lake Hayes Circuit

Lake Hayes is one of NZ's most photographed lakes. On this ride stop by 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!

Lake Hayes is at the very ‘heart’ of Queenstown’s 100 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