Biking to Mavora Lakes
The ride to Mavora Lakes is a wilderness journey that showcases Southland’s most stunning highlands. This smooth and safe trail winds its way between rugged alpine mountains, ancient glacial valleys, native beech forest and picturesque farmlands. This incredible ride is part of the ‘Around the Mountains Cycle Trail’ and it can be ridden in either of two directions.
Without a doubt, the most stunning access to the lakes begins in downtown Queenstown. The journey starts by crossing Lake Wakatipu on board the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw. From Walter Peak Station you’ll follow the Mt Nicholas farm road alongside the lake, before heading gently up through the head waters of the Von River, which lies under the watchful eye of the Livingston Mountains.
As you turn off Mount Nicholas Road and enter Mavora Lakes Road, the high country expanse will turn to lush native beech forest. Follow the forest road alongside South Mavora Lake until you find the lake head turn into the Mavora River. Follow the Mavora River through the forest until you reach the shores of North Mavora Lake. Keep an eye out for the rope swing along the river, the water’s an inviting reward after a good day in the saddle.
This is a true wilderness cycling experience on a quiet back road, and after your time in Queenstown, you’ll appreciate the peaceful surroundings! If you’re doing the ride solo, we definitely recommend camping on the shores of the Mavora River. Take plenty of clothing options - you’re in the mountains, and the weather can be quite changeable.
If you’re joining us on our ‘Weka’ trip, you’ll be fully vehicle assisted along the way (and you won't have to do any route finding!). At the end of the ride we’ll pick you up at North Mavora Lake. From there we’ll take a short and stunning drive to Te Anau Hotel. Here will be your base for the next couple of nights, so sit back, relax and enjoy a well-earned drink and home cooked meal as you share stories and photos from today’s epic ride.