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Lake Hayes Walkway – near Arrowtown, New Zealand

Since we are staying in Queenstown, not far from the Arrowtown turn off, we decided to take a stroll along part of the Lake Hayes walkway. If you are familiar with the area, we parked at Bendemeer Bay and walked north towards the Lake Hayes picnic area.  Click here for more information on the Lake Hayes walkway.

Lake Hayes  is a completely stunning location. It’s apparently one of the most photographed places in New Zealand and I can see why. We started out about 9am and met a few people out and about.  Some were walking their dogs, some running or cycling along the track, a few people were out on the lake on paddle boats or kayaks.  There were even a couple of brave souls at the camp ground … in the water!

We were fortunate enough to see a Tui which we don’t have locally at home, and also a couple of Australasian crested grebes out on the water.

The track around the lake is about 8km long.  We didn’t go the whole distance and walked for about 30 minutes. We then parked the doglet’s Nonna on a seat in the picnic area, while we continued with the doglets a little further before turning around and heading back.


All keen to get going at the start of the walk!IMG_3662 IMG_3663 IMG_3664 IMG_3669 IMG_3671 IMG_3673 IMG_3680

The message about clean, green New Zealand clearly didn’t strike a cord with those who left their rubbish on the lake side…. grrrr.

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Doglet #1 being brave and going for a paddle with Dad (with some encouragement).IMG_3690

Doglet #2 didn’t need so much encouraging as she was straight in …

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About The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.


8 thoughts on “Lake Hayes Walkway – near Arrowtown, New Zealand

  1. Wow! Like you said, I can understand why it’s one of the most photographed places! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by Nancy | December 29, 2015, 3:16 pm
  2. Are large eels a problem in large New Zealand lakes?

    Posted by a gray | December 29, 2015, 8:24 pm
  3. We might be next door neighbours but we are so different. It just looks so beautiful

    Posted by wfdec | December 30, 2015, 1:15 am
  4. If I will be taling the Connectabus transpo to Arrowtown where should I alight to reach the Lake Hayes Walkway?

    Posted by Erika | February 9, 2016, 6:21 pm

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