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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.

Bike Mavora Lakes

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.

Trip Reviews

  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Kauri

    What an amazing introduction to the North Island. Every day was unique - starting with the hiking and boogie boarding on the sand dunes to seeing a kiwi released was exceptional. Walking through the rain forest and seeing the phenomenal kauri trees are memories we will treasure forever!
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    – Alberta, Canada
    Kauri, January 2017
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Perfect

    The trip was impressive and our guides, Jo and Andy, are awesome!
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    – , Singapore
    Kauri, December 2017
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    Whatever the dream, if its New Zealand, find a way!!

    Where do I even start?!?!? NZ has been #1 on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until I realized I couldn't wait forever for that perfect time, to have X amount of money saved, to have a companion to go with me...that I decided to JUST GO ALREADY! And I suggest you do the same! Don't wait another moment. I went alone but found the most wonderful companions I could have ever hoped for! Even got a great roommate. The guides, Claire and Jess were PHENOMENAL! I started crying off and on a few days before the end of the trip because I became that attached to them and knew I would never see them again. Leaving at the airport, I couldn't even speak I was so upset and saying goodbye. So wonderful and beyond knowledgeable! I miss Jess' cooking and Claire's coffee already and I just got back yesterday!!! But seriously folks, the Manuka was beyond what expectations I could have ever dreamed. Yes it was indeed physical, so be ready for that; but there were some flatter, easier options for those that chose to not exert so much energy. There were a couple of times I wanted to just quit, but Claire and/or Jess kept me going saying it would be worth it (for the view AND the accomplishment) and MAN WERE THEY RIGHT!!!

    The food, the company, the knowledge, the laughs, the comradery, the views, the EXPERIENCES....all of it was TOP NOTCH! I have my memories that will last a lifetime; best money I have EVER spent.

    Don't wait! GO! I plan to go back in a couple of years to do the entire Milford Track. That's my only regret is that I didn't spend the extra to do that. But that's on me, not AA!
    June Vidrine Review Image
    – Texas, United States
    Manuka, March 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Virgin Active Adventurist-When can I do it again?!

    Fabulous trip! Not having to drive, research stops, plan activities, arrange accommodations and decide what to eat made this so relaxing, letting us enjoy every minute of every activity and even the down time! I can't wait to sign up for another trip!
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    – Minnesota, United States
    Tui, March 2017
  •   4.44 out of 5 (from 908 reviews)

    Awesome!

    Great hiking, awesome scenery, terrific guides, delicious food and more than comfy accommodations !
    Cal Hoppe Review Image
    – Arizona, United States
    Manuka, April 2017

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Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

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With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

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