Drove from the Mavora Lakes out along the Mt Nicholas Station Road to reach the western side of Lake Wakatipu. Most people get there by catching the ferry from Queenstown to Walter Peak Station. Since the powers that be decided that the petrol tanker they used to put on the ferry could fall off and pollute their beautiful lake, they made the two large Stations upgrade the road in from the west, as before it was a muddy track.
Very interesting valley. Lots of flats; then the road drops down a very steep escarpment to the Von River which flows out near Mount Nicholas Station. 30 k’s of gravel to the Mavora Laakes then another 40 k’s out to Mt Nicholas. Then back again, but well worth it.