A full day expedition around one of the gems of the Southern Lakes district. Epic scenery. Great fun in a 4WD. Adult $199. Child $129.

Off road rating 3/5

World famous in the southern lakes area, Mavora Lakes is sure to impress even the most intrepid traveller. Leaving from Te Anau, we will embark on a day journey to the Mavora Lakes area and back to Te Anau, you will see a popular ‘Lord of the Rings’ film location, then continue along a little known 4WD track through native Beech forest and up through the open country to the northern end of Mavora Lakes. Learn about the rich history of the area with your local guide and discover a local secret usually only seen by those with a capable 4WD vehicle.

We will be driving the famous Wild Rides ‘Wilder Beast’ comfortable 4WD vehicle. There will be plenty of water crossings and we will even spend time driving through the lake itself. A true off-road experience in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful areas.

Stop for lunch in the wilderness at Carey’s hut where the only other people you may see are explorers walking some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and world famous walks. After lunch, sit by the edge of the lake listening to birdsong, take a short walk to admire the breath-taking scenery, or even jump in the lake for a swim. With plenty of photo opportunities, the Mavora Lakes 4WD day trip is sure to leave you with a smile from ear to ear at the end of the day.

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Allow up to 7 hours for the tour. Bring sunblock, insect repellent, footwear appropriate for short walks.

  • Adults $199. Children age 5-12, $129. Infants free
  • Departs Te Anau at 8.30am, picks will be made prior to this.
  • Drop offs in Te Anau are between 4pm and 5pm.
  • Exclusive tours available. Please call or email for more information.
  • Comfortable 18 seater off-road vehicle with air conditioning and heating.
  • Lunch and snacks are included. Choose your lunch during the booking process.
  • Bookings essential.
  • Booking cut off times are 7.30pm the night before during peak season, 5pm during off peak.
  • Pick ups from your accommodation or from outside Wild Rides HQ.

Cancellations are possible due to lake levels and weather. Minimum of two persons per trip.