Mavora Lakes

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Mavora Lakes Campsite has two main (standard) camping areas: one alongside South Mavora Lake, and the other between South Mavora Lake and North Mavora Lake.


Both areas require self-registration. Look out for robins and falcons. Walk, tramp, mountain bike or go trout fishing.  

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan
  • Mountain bike


  • Rivers and lakes


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • BBQ
  • Boat launching
  • Campfires permitted (except in fire bans)
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
60 non-powered/tent sites


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking

Seasonal restrictions

No tap water in winter. 

Fires permitted in designated fire places and only if there is no regional fire ban. Check for fire bans before you light. 

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

North Mavora Lake was a location for Nen Hithoel in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Find out about this and other Lord of the Rings filming locations.

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, at Centre Hill or Burwood Station, then follow gravel roads for 39 km.


Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1221497-N4975941
Latitude: -45.2680102, Longitude: 168.1749978.


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand at the campsite.


The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.

Know before you go

  • Campfires permitted. Be aware of fire bans and higher fire risk during summer months. Contact the local DOC office or council for details. Follow the on-site signs.
  • Fires should be lit only in the barbecues and fire drums provided. Use dead wood only. Chainsaws are not permitted. The use of portable stoves is encouraged.
  • Motorised craft are allowed on the North Mavora Lake only.
  • Jet skis are not allowed.
  • There are no rubbish bins so all rubbish must be carried out when you leave.
  • Tents and caravans must be removed from the park if unoccupied for more than five days. Caravans may be stored in the area set aside during December/January.


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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