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Mavora Lakes

New Zealand: The Lord of the RingsMavora Lakes: Nen Hithoel

Location

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.

The southern end of North Mavora Lake.

The southern end of North Mavora Lake.

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.

Key Scenes

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.

Frodo contemplates the consequences of going to Mordor alone.

Frodo contemplates the consequences of going to Mordor alone.

But Sam won't let this happen.

But Sam won't let this happen.

After all, Frodo is not only his master, but his best friend.

 

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Map

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.

Tips

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.

The season for trout fishing is all year round.

The season for trout fishing is all year round.

 

 

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