New Zealand: The Lord of the RingsMavora Lakes: Nen Hithoel
610 metres above sea-level, the Mavora Lakes are made up of two lakes: North Mavora and South Mavora. Due to its outstanding natural features, the area around the lakes has been declared a Conservation Park.
Regardless of its protected status, the public is invited to enjoy the scenery, with plenty of opportunities for fishing, hunting, biking and tramping. There is a beautifully located campsite at the southern end of the North Mavora Lake, but be warned: the sandflies are relentless.
The North Mavora lakeshore features prominently in The Fellowship of the Ring. In fact, one of the most pivotal sequences was filmed here - the parting of the fellowship.
After all, Frodo is not only his master, but his best friend.
When you reach the car park at the southern end of North Mavora Lake, make your way down to the lake shore on foot and walk about 200 metres north. You will see a tree with some low branches, and behind that, the shore curving to the right. This is the spot where Frodo reaches the lake (see the info under key scenes).
The viewpoint is at S45° 15' 57" / W168° 10' 25" or -45.265833 / -168.173611.
Why not take your rod and catch your own meal while you're camping out. There is an abundance of brown trout and rainbow trout in the lakes, averaging 1.5 to 2 kilograms. All you need to do is buy a license and you're off.
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