My sons and especially my husband are major LOTR fans and would like to have some days during our NZ trip dedicated to movie sites. We're planning on doing a few tours (Hobbiton of course), but I'm also trying to add little side-trips in the driving (that don't involved a schedule or $$$) to movie sites. One that I saw in the guidebook was Lake Marova - it said that it's a 40km drive off the road that goes from Te Anau to Queenstown that we could easily do.
However, it said that the road is unsealed so I was wondering how bad the road is, how long it would take us to get there, do you need a 4WD and would major rental car companies allow us to go there? Finally, is it worth the side trip - we will already have seen the Fjordland, Lake Wanaka, glaciers and similar.