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Manapouri

Manapouri is located only 20 minutes drive from Te Anau,

and is a beautiful place to visit. The peaceful township is

situated on the shores of the lake and is a popular stop on

the Southern Scenic Route. Manapouri is also the gateway to

the scenic wonders of Doubtful and Dusky Sound, and is the

starting point for many walking tracks and kayaking, fishing

and hunting excursions. There are few lakes more mysterious

than Lake Manapouri: brooding, tranquil, tempestuous, serene,

glowering, amazing - all are words that have been used to

describe the lake in one of its compelling moods. A walk, swim

or picnic on Frasers beach is a must.

Journeys to Doubtful Sound depart from Pearl Harbour in

Manapouri and cross the lake to West Arm. Manapouri offers

a range of accommodation including B&B, motel, backpackers

and camping grounds. Services available in Manapouri include

a cafe, general store, restaurants and a service station with fuel

and mechanical services.

Lake Manapouri is renowned as a catalyst for environmental

consciousness amongst New Zealanders as plans to flood the

lake for power generation became evident in the 1950’s, Lake

Manapouri was subsequently ‘saved’ with the power station at

West Arm now operating under strict controls.

Lake Manapouri is often described as the

‘loveliest’ of all lakes with its array of 33 small

islands, backdrop of the majestic Cathedral

Mountain range, native bush clad edges, sandy

beaches and coves.

Lake Manapouri and Waiau River