Mavora Lakes

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Mavora Lakes Park is an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and tussock grassland, recognised as part of the Te Wāhipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area.


The Mavora Lakes consist of two lakes named North Mavora and South Mavora. They are situated amongst an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and tussock grassland.

It is a popular camping area during summer, with opportunities for fishing, boating, four-wheel driving, hunting, horse trekking, mountain biking and tramping.

The Mavora - Greenstone Walkway is a 50 km, four day tramping trip linking the Mavora Lakes camping area with the Greenstone Track. It passes through open valley tussock land and beech forested hill country.

The park was used as a filming location for some scenes in the Lord of the Rings film series: Nen Hithoel, Silverlode and Anduin rivers, Fangorn Forest edge and South of Rivendell - see Lord of the Rings filming locations.

Place overview


  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Four wheel driving
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

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Find things to do and places to stay Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

About this place

Getting there

Mavora Lakes are accessible on gravel roads off SH94, a 1 hour 30 minute drive from Te Anau. There are two turn-off points from SH94 between Mossburn and Te Anau, either at Centre Hill or Burwood Station, then follow gravel roads for 39 km.

There is no regular public transport to the Mavora Lakes. Transport connections are available from the end of the Greenstone Track to Glenorchy, or from the Divide on the Milford Road.

Know before you go

Dogs can be taken into the park, but must be under control at all times. All dogs must be tethered on a leash in the camping areas and at hut sites. Clean up after your dog in amenity areas.

Cats and other domestic animals are not permitted in Mavora Lakes Park.

Kiwi Burn Hut is located in Snowdon Forest Park, which is a controlled dog access area that requires a dog permit.


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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