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Rope swing at Lake Hayes

Rope Swings of Queenstown

A rope swing is a sure sign of a swimming hole or picnic spot that’s popular with families and kids. There are loads of rope swings hidden along lakeside walks and trails, here's the insiders guide on where to find them.

Lake Hayes

The walk around Lake Hayes is popular for visitors and locals due its mirror like qualities on a still day. The walk around the lake takes around 1.5 to 2 hours and if you fancy a swing and a dip in the lake on a hot summers day, there’s a rope swing about half way around. 

The Arrow River

Famous for its gold bearing history, and the scene where Arwen challenged the Nazgûl while rushing Frodo to Rivendell for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the Arrow River has at least four rope swings along its banks. Take a walk along the anniversary walk and keep an eye out for local kid’s creations in the form of tree huts and rope swings.

Rope swing on the edge of the Queenstown Gardens

Rope swing on the edge of the Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

On the edge of The Queenstown Gardens by the Bathhouse Restaurant, there’s a popular swing, which crosses a small stream that feeds into Lake Wakatipu.

Steamer Wharf

Hidden away in between Steamer Wharf and St Omer Wharf is an old favourite. Located close to many restaurants and bars, you can relax with a meal or drink, while the kids entertain themselves within arm’s reach. 

Kelvin Heights rope swing

Kelvin Heights rope swing

The walk to Kelvin Heights

If you start in Frankton and cross over the Kawarau Bridge, you’ll find an easy walk around the Kelvin Peninsula towards the Kelvin Heights golf course. The well maintained track takes you along the lakefront in some places, where you’ll spot a rope swing or two on the lakes edge. 

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