Mavora Lakes Campsite

Mavora Lakes Campsite

Mavora Lakes Conservation Park



16 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

150 Basic Camping

21 Te Anau



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.





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 60.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


Showing 8 reviews of 14.

Andreas Johansson's avatar

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 13 days ago

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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 12 months 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 1 year 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 3 years ago

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Brian Mycroft

Ranking: 9/10

Iconic campsite! Amazing views being nestled in alpine lake valley. Huge area to camp, numerous firespots, good toilet availability. Excellent walks, recommend one from north to south lake across suspension bridges. We went on busy New years weekend and still found serenity. Be aware vehicle track at very end of campsite leading up mountain can get busy and noisey with 4wds and motor bikes. Sandflies seemed to
More of an issue in amongst trees. Highly recommend!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Werner S

Ranking: 10/10

Very lovely camping spots in the forest near the lake with lots of space in between them. Some fire places and tables provided - a picture book camping experience!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Sam Brydon

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

This is a very beautiful spot. The lakes are lovely and DOC have provided great campsites with picnic tables and fire boxes. However, it appears to be frequented by people (mostly Kiwis) who are not really there to appreciate the peace, beauty and wildlife, but instead have arrived with trail bikes, power boats and crates of beer. Instead of using the long drop toilets, many of them prefer to shit in the woods. Yuck. Not worth the 35km gravel road.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Sidney Stokkers


Ranking: 8/10

Very remote but beautiful place. Quite a drive, so only worth of it if you stay for a few days and you want to explore the area

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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