Lake Hayes is a small lake between the towns of Arrowtown and Queenstown.
The lake was originally known 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. (Wikipedia)
Apart from great scenery there are walking trails to explore and wineries to discover.
Stoneridge Estate has a stunning and unique wedding and reception venue, set amidst 5 hectares of grounds, with magnificent panoramic views of the vineyard, Lake Hayes and mountains.
Stoneridge is constructed from recycled materials including Church and bridge beams, schist rock and slate.
Stoneridge also offers an authentic wedding chapel - 'Chapel by the Lake', acclaimed for its picturesque and romantic setting.
There is an onsite art gallery. And 4 guest residences overlooking the lake.
Definitely worth a visit!
Peter Beadle is an NZ painting legend. He
lives in the heart of the South Island's picturesque lake district.
After 30 years of refining his craft Peter is acknowledged as our leading landscape artist. He has been honoured by the New Zealand Government for his services to art and conservation.
The artist's work is a tribute to the grandeur of the high country, the startling drama of the lakes, the glory of the goldmining past.
As Peter Beadle says: "This is a land of all seasons - burning hot summers, dramatic yellow autumns, biting cold winters and the soft willow-green of spring...it was once the mecca of the goldminer; now it's the mecca of the tourist who comes to view and ski."
Work by this artist is represented in the collections of: Lloyds of London, The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Air New Zealand, and The New Zealand Marketing Board.
During the 1999 APEC World Leader's visit a work by Peter Beadle was presented to former US President Bill Clinton.
His paintings hang in galleries, board rooms and private residences worldwide.
If you haven't already seen a deer farm, then take a drive around Lake Hayes and there are several. You will find it easy to park the car and view the deer just through the fence. Deer farming has evolved in this country as a result of pioneers introducing the breed for hunting purposes, then discovering that the animals are decimating the forestry we so preciously protect here. So live capture seemed a more profitable solution that shooting the animals. High fences keep them contained so as not to return to the forest to do more damage.
It has been one of New Zealand's great success stories. The breed most commonly seen on farms in this country, is Red Deer.