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Mt Campbell, Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

Mavora Lakes is a favourite spot for families, fishermen and trampers on the Greenstone-Mavora and Te Araroa trails. If you want to escape the sandflies and the crowds, the Thomson Mountains is the place to go.

There are two huts and a DOC campsite near the head of North Mavora Lake, which help make this trip an excellent three-day loop.

You can reach the tops from Boundary Hut, beside the Mararoa River and a few kilometres from North Mavora Lake. After a two hour struggle up the steep slope and tussock, you will reach the ridge north of Cold Peak (1613 m). From there, navigation is pretty straightforward, but there are some steep scrambles and unstable rock that could pose difficulty for the inexperienced. Just follow the ridge south until you finally stand atop Mt Campbell and take in those great panoramic views.

If you have time, there is a great camping spot next to a tarn, just south of Mt Campbell. On your way back, either backtrack to the saddle north of Mt Campbell and descend to the 4WD road running along the lake, or follow the main ridge to descend to South Mavora Lake.

Total Ascent
Two-three days. Mavora Lakes Campsite (north) to Boundary Hut 3.5-4hr; To Cold Peak, 2.5hr; To Mt Campbell, 5hr; To Mavora Lakes Campsite (north), 3.5hr
Careys Hut ($5, six bunks), Boundary Hut ($5, four bunks)
From SH94 between Mossburn and Te Anau, turn-off at either Centre Hill or Burwood Station and follow unsealed roads for 39km
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