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Access to tracks around the Mavora Lakes is now being managed under a gate with key code system after DOC has had to control access to the tracks due to damage caused by 4wd’s and thefts from huts and vehicles.

You can read about the access requirements on the DOC website: https://www.doc.govt.nz/mavora-vehicle-access.

Apply for a vehicle access code: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/southland/places/mavora-lakes-conservation-park/vehicle-access-at-mavora-lakes-conservation-area/register-for-vehicle-access-into-mavora/.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/125521460/doc-closes-off-access-to-mavora-lakes-track-because-of-damage-from-4wds

The Department of Conservation will now manage a steel gate at Mavora Lakes to help prevent damage to tracks and if people want access they will need to register online for free and get an access code.

Four-wheel drive access to Careys and Boundary Huts above north Mavora Lake will now be controlled.

The gate will be locked from June 30 but walkers, trampers and people riding mountain bikes or horses still have unrestricted access.

DOC principal ranger, heritage and visitor (Te Anau) Grant Tremain said it was a shame the damaging acts of a few individuals had led to this action.

“Most New Zealanders are responsible and respectful of the environment when they are out and about exploring, whether that be on foot, horse, bike, motorbike or 4WD. Unfortunately there seems to be a small group of people who just don’t seem to have any regard for other users of the area, or the landscapes and property around them.

“Damage to public conservation land, tracks and structures is never acceptable. Repairs and remediation work takes extra time, resources and funds that would be better spent elsewhere. This land belongs to the public, so it is always disappointing to see significant, deliberate destruction.”

Tremain said a couple of fish bins of tools and equipment, including battery drills, hand-tools, and food were stolen from Boundary Hut.

Two day packs holding staff personal effects such as phones, keys, and uniforms were taken while the team were further up the valley working on another hut.

The Department of Conservation has installed a steel gate across a track at Mavora Lakes because of damage being caused by four-wheel drive vehicles.

Users are required to provide some personal and vehicle details and agree to the driving code of conduct before submitting the completed registration form. They will receive an automated response by email that contains the access code and a reminder about the agreed rules.

“This is a new way of managing access to Mavora Lakes Conservation Area – it has been implemented to protect the conservation land and properties so that everyone can enjoy their experience.”

“Damage to public conservation land, tracks and structures is never acceptable. Repairs and remediation work takes extra time, resources and funds that would be better spent elsewhere. This land belongs to the public, so it is always disappointing to see significant, deliberate destruction.”

Tremain said a couple of fish bins of tools and equipment, including battery drills, hand-tools, and food were stolen from Boundary Hut.

Two day packs holding staff personal effects such as phones, keys, and uniforms were taken while the team were further up the valley working on another hut.

The Department of Conservation has installed a steel gate across a track at Mavora Lakes because of damage being caused by four-wheel drive vehicles.
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The Department of Conservation has installed a steel gate across a track at Mavora Lakes because of damage being caused by four-wheel drive vehicles.
The Southland Murihiku Conservation Management Strategy enables restricting access where there is a need to protect the environment from damage. In this instance, any 4WD or motorbike user can register online for free to obtain access.

Users are required to provide some personal and vehicle details and agree to the driving code of conduct before submitting the completed registration form. They will receive an automated response by email that contains the access code and a reminder about the agreed rules.

“This is a new way of managing access to Mavora Lakes Conservation Area – it has been implemented to protect the conservation land and properties so that everyone can enjoy their experience.”