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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS South Island tracks map Mavora Lakes – The Von Road

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  • #2376
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Mavora Lakes Road starts almost halfway between Te Anau & Mossburn on SH94 and heads 35km north east before tee’ing off to the North-West and head
    [See the full post at: Mavora Lakes – The Von Road]

    #16450
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    There are/were a number of tracks worth exploring North of the Mavora lakes sidetrack however as of this week these have been closed due to 4wd’s creating significant damage in the area.

    Have a look at this post on the Christchurch 4wd Club on Facebook for some pictures: https://www.facebook.com/christchurch.4wd.club/posts/1582275911788512

    #31563
    Hanafi
    Participant
    • Town/City: Auckland
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    from: Real Journeys Contact Centre <[email protected]>
    date: 23 Sep 2019, 10:28
    subject: RE: Enquiry: Walters Peak to Queenstown – 2pax + 2 x motorcycles

    Hi there,

    Thank you for your email.

    I am afraid we will no longer be offering motorbike transfers as of 1st October 2019.

    If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Kind Regards

    Bethan

    #31874
    andylangford
    Participant
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    As noted you can no longer take your bike on The Earnslaw however Southern Discoveries will take bike on their Catamaran which goes to mt Nicholas Station. $80 for bike & rider & roughly 45 minutes. I did this on Saturday & they were really helpful.

    Enjoy

    #31877
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Thanks @hanafiz and @andylangford I’ve updated the page info above.

    Did either of you happen to get any pics of the Catamaran or a GPS track of gthe section from Mt Nicholson station over to Walter Peak station that I could update things with?

    #35515
    OldBeer
    Participant
    • Bike: R1200GS, DL650, DRZ250, DRZ400S,
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Did this trip to Walter Peak and back on 25 Nov 2020. 1200GS and DRZ250.

    After the 35kms of gravel to the Lakes turn off its another 50kms to the end of the road at Walter Peak Station. There were 2 fords both about up to the hubs or more. Not very wide. We rode through a couple of times for fun. There are also a couple of fords beside narrow bridges which you can do too. It took us 3 hours from the Lakes turn off to get there and back including a leg stretch and quick bite at the Lake and mucking about in the fords

    Theres a pretty steep section with some epic drop offs just before Mt Nicholas Station which you pass through to get to Wakter Peak Statipn. Sorry Eddie i didnt gps it.

    We didnt take the boat so it was a long day from Bannockburn at around 550 kms. Te Anau would be a better base so this would be a natural trip to add to a ride to Milford Sound. If youre coming in from Mossburn end you take Centre Hill Rd which joins up with Mavora Lakes Rd a few kms in.

    The Von and Mavora Lakes roads are both excellent and well worth riding in and out. The views are stunning and for a day on gravel its up there with Molesworth i think. No power lines to spoil the view here.

    Very very dusty though.

    #36654
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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.”

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