Just 10mins north of Frankton, Lake Hayes is a great photo-moment stopping point on the drive over to Wanaka or just as an afternoon escape from the bustling tourist trade of Queenstown.
The trail around the lake is flat and well-maintained, and popular with local walkers and runners. It takes between 2 and 3 hours to complete and is also a shared-use track for mountain bikers. The lake itself is popular with fisherman, kayakers and other multi-sport athletes, but is only open to boaters WITHOUT motors as it is a nature reserve for waterfowl.
Overlooking the lake is the Lake Hayes Pavilion, a large events and wedding venue available for hire through Lakes Leisure, a department of the Queenstown District Council. The Lake Hayes Pavilion is the first parking area you come to when driving from Queenstown, however there is another parking area a few hundred meters along the road on the left, marked as the Lake Hayes Scenic Reserve.