Stroll, walk the loop, run or cycle around a lake surrounded by spectacular mountains.
The trail around Lake Hayes offers 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.
Starting at the Rutherford Road end of the trail, there’s a gradual climb to an elevated bench high above the lake where the trail meanders along the contours of the hill before dropping down to the southern boardwalk section of trail.
Then cruising around past the Wakatipu Rowing Club (you’ll find a DoC longdrop here too) onto Bendemeer Bay and the Lake Hayes Reserve – the perfect picnic spot and more toilets.
If you’d like to take a plunge, Lake Hayes is a popular swimming spot during the summer months as its significantly warmer than the other lakes in the district.