Mavora Lakes Campsite

Mavora Lakes Campsite - Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

Mavora Lakes Campsite

Mavora Lakes Conservation Park


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The serenity....
Not much more needs to be said!
Mavora Lakes Camping Ground
looking across the lake to the campsite
breath taking


A beautiful place to stay with views of mountains and the lake. There is some great biking in the area as well as heaps of walks and fishing.

This is a popular camping spot with BBQ's, picnic areas and designated fire spots. There is a boat ramp here, please note though that motor boats are only allowed on the North Mavora Lake. The access to this camp site is over 30kms of gravel road.

You can find more details of activities at Mavora Lakes Park on the DOC website.


Feature Value Info


South IslandFiordlandTe Anau


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

This campsite cannot be booked, sites are on a first come basis.


Showing 8 reviews of 18.

Monkeyalan's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

This was our first overnight stay after picking a van up in QT. It is a fair drive off the main roads but is worth it, in good weather we can imagine the views would be very special. Large area available for camping with interspersed basic long drops around the sites. Opportunity to have sites sheltered in/under trees or near water's edge. There are some basic facilities to help small camp fires/BBQ during set periods.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great DOC-run site with picnic tables, fireplaces and drop toilets scattered throughout the spacious campground area. Note the sandflies are thick so be prepared...
There are a few shorter walks that you can do around the lakes or longer hikes to huts if you are adequately equipped.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Linda's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Price: $9,00 p.p for one night
Location: It is magic! If you can, go here!
Insects: There are a little bit sand flies and mouses
Wc’s: Long drop toilets, but the are clean
Douche: no douche, you have water where you can swim in

The road is 40 km of a grind way, but... When you arrive drive to a place you like. It is a peaceful place, a rough pearl!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Peter's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful area to camp. You’ll be lucky if you get a decent spot by tables and a bbq though. We found a quiet spot by the lake though and had a great night. We planned to stay for 2 nights however a truck with a large family arrived at about 9am the next morning and started unloading a quad bike, dirt bike, speakers, crates of beer and playing heavy metal early in the morning. Not our scene and they parked literally 15ft away from us when there was so much other space. Moral of the story is don’t go on a weekend in summer and pay for one night at a time in case you want to move on.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Andreas Johansson


Ranking: 6/10

Tough one to review. 10/10 for the beautiful surroundings, no doubt about that. However, the activity there is a big setback, although you should be clear if you camp further south. It is a shame that there is an offroad track right beside the lake, i.e lots of bikes, ATVs, and 4x4s making noise and creating clouds of dust. Lots of boaters as well. Someone also decided to use their chainsaw at around 10 pm to create an even bigger bonfire. The huge clouds of smoke did cover the smell from the toilets, if I should look on the bright side. One of the prettiest campsites we’ve been to, nonetheless, with few good walks (if you don’t mind engine noise). The 8 dollars pp gave us mixed feelings. On one hand we want to help with the upkeep of the environment, on the other it feels like we paid for a motor show.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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David Mckay's avatar

David Mckay

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic area with multiple areas to camp. If in a 4wd access to extra areas including huts also available

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Robin Norris


Ranking: 10/10

The best place I stayed in, in our adventure in NZ. We had a campervan and went out of our way a little bit (30 mins) to get to this campsite. I’m a LOTR fan myself and actually felt the most ‘LOTR vibe’ being here - even more than Rohan or Gondor ‘areas’! You could actually believe yourself in hearing Sam say ‘MR FRODO! ... & I’m coming with you!’.

We have a particularly special experience with this campsite as it started snowing overnight and we woke up to a winter wonderland in the morning. A truely magical experience (in November!). Campervan was fine driving back on snow-y roads as well.

10/10 recommend. I don’t know about toilets etc because we were self contained - but I think I saw one :)

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Nicole Chiu

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning views. Lots of camp sites, fire places, toilets and untreated tap water. Strongly recommend! But lots of sandflies.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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