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