Lake Hayes

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Lake Hayes
Lake Hayes vista.tif
Lake Hayes from the Queenstown Trail
Location Central Otago, South island
Coordinates 44°59′S 168°48′E / 44.983°S 168.800°E / -44.983; 168.800Coordinates: 44°59′S 168°48′E / 44.983°S 168.800°E / -44.983; 168.800
Lake type Glacial lake
Primary inflows Mill Creek
Primary outflows Hayes Creek
Catchment area 44 km2 (17 sq mi)
Basin countries New Zealand
Surface area 2.76 km2 (1.07 sq mi)
Max. depth 33 m (108 ft)
Surface elevation 315 m (1,033 ft)

Lake Hayes is a small lake in the Wakatipu Basin in Central Otago, in New Zealand's South Island. It is located close to the towns of Arrowtown and Queenstown.

The southern end of the lake is close to State Highway 6, while the western side is bordered by Slope Hill. The main area for access to the lake is the northern end which has a large grassed area for recreation activities.

The Lake Hayes Showgrounds which have a pavilion and parking area has an annual show called The Lake Hayes A&P Show.

The nearby large residential sub-division of Lake Hayes Estate is just across the main highway and takes its name from Lake Hayes.

A track called the Lake Hayes Circuit[1] runs around the lake and forms part of The Queenstown Trail and is popular for use by walkers, runners and cyclists.

History[edit]

The local Māori iwi (tribe) of Kai Tahu originally named the lake Te Whaka-ata a Haki-te-kura after an ancestress called Haki-te-kura whose image was said to be reflected in the lake.[2]

Settlers originally knew the lake as Hays Lake after D. Hay, an Australian who came to the district looking for sheep country in 1859. Its name gradually changed to Lake Hayes, as its discovery was credited erroneously to Captain "Bully" Hayes, an early local character of the district.[3]

Birdlife[edit]

Birdlife that can been seen on lake include the introduced Mallard and Feral Goose and the native New Zealand Scaup, Australasian Crested Grebe and the Black Shag.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lakes Hayes Circuit". Maps & Rides. Queenstown Trail. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lake Hayes Management Strategy". QLDC. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "THE EXPLORATION OF NEW ZEALAND". The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. Victoria University of Wellington.