Lake Hayes

$250m village plan

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown developer has brought forward his plans for a third Wakatipu retirement village to counter thousands of Covid-19 pandemic-related tourism job losses. Chris Meehan is proposing his $250 million, 162-residential-unit complex, dubbed Northbrook Retirement Village, including a private...
By PHILIP CHANDLER WHETHER related to the Covid-19-imposed human lockdown or not, a rare waterbird's turned up in Queenstown. Local Jane Taylor spotted a distinctive royal spoonbird (kotuku ngutupapa) on the wetlands at the south end of Lake Hayes last Sunday, photographing...

Lake slime ‘nasty’

A Queenstown resident's crying foul over the state of picturesque Lake Hayes this summer, with parts of the lake inundated with "primeval ... distinctive green slime". But Otago Regional Council on Wednesday removed the 'no swimming' signs from around the...

Stalwarts honoured

The Lake County A&P Society has four new life members who, between them, have been involved for almost 95 years. At Saturday's Lake Hayes A&P Show, the 105th time it's been held, Jan Tomes, Jenette Boyd, Debbie MacColl and Grant Stalker...
Well-known local and former district councillor John Wilson was farewelled in Arrowtown yesterday. Wilson died on November 19, aged 70, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. A long-time Arrowtown ward councillor, Wilson had a particular interest in conservation and local...

Whirlwind at Lake Hayes 

It's official – you can run around Queenstown's Lake Hayes in only 25 minutes and 18 seconds. That's the time Cromwell's Daniel Balchin (above) took to win the men's open title at last Saturday's first Lap of Lake Hayes Race. About...

Lake Hayes’ new race

Arguably Queenstown's most scenic lake will be the setting for a spectacular running race this Easter. Up to 125 runners, including some of New Zealand's best, will line up for the inaugural Lap of Lake Hayes Race on April 20...
Queenstowners are preparing for an agricultural extravaganza as the ever-popular Lake Hayes A&P Show returns to the resort. "It's all about keeping it local" for the 104th show at the Lake Hayes Showgrounds on Saturday, committee president Phillip Bunn says. "Once...

Buoy, oh buoy

News that a monitoring buoy may have to be publicly notified has outraged a group trying to clean up Lake Hayes. The lake is supposed to be the first in Otago to have such a buoy, after the lake's colour,...

Lake Hayes spend-up

After years of inaction, Otago Regional Council is addressing water quality problems in Queenstown's scenic Lake Hayes. In recent times the lake's colour, clarity and trout population have been affected by algae bloom caused by high nutrient levels. Early this year,...
Secrets hidden in the depths of Lake Hayes and Lake Wakatipu are set be revealed thanks to a new piece of equipment. Otago Regional Council (ORC) carries out regular checks of the region's iconic lakes, but its machinery has been...

Lake Hayes E.coli anger

A Queenstown mum is accusing Otago Regional Council of negligence for failing to put up signs warning E.coli had been detected in Lake Hayes. Cath Hudson is furious ORC didn't warn locals earlier. Samples taken on December 11 revealed high levels...
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