Lake Hayes tends to be calm, mirror-flat and a great spot for swimming and picnics. Its location between Queenstown and Arrowtown means that it is a much more secluded spot than nearby Lake Wakatipu. The loop track around the lake is a fairly gentle circuit and can be either walked or biked. Amisfield Winery is close by and a welcome temptation after exertions on the lake.
Getting there: The drive takes approx. 15 minutes from Queenstown. Head out towards Frankton and down Highway 6. You will see Lake Hayes on your left.