Visit Manapouri

Lake Manapouri is known as New Zealand's most beautiful lake. Located on the edge of Fiordland National Park, it provides the gateway to Doubtful Sound.

Situated on the Southern Scenic Route, 20kms from Te Anau, Lake Manapouri offers an idillic holiday location. The picturesque deep blue lake is fringed with snow-capped mountains and pristine native bush.

Many travellers come to Manapouri for adventures into Doubtful Sound; but much more is on offer in this stunning location.

The peaceful township offers numerous walking tracks which explore the lakefront and Fiordland National Park. Frasers Beach is an ideal spot to enjoy a lake swim, all the while taking in the fantastic view.

The lake and its surrounding wilderness are perfect for outdoor activities like fishing, hunting and kayaking, while the local airport offers scenic flights in a range of aircraft.

The Manapouri Power Station is a feat of engineering not to be missed. Make it a half day trip or combine it with your Doubtful Sound excursion.

With a small population of 300 year round, the town is a quiet place to relax and unwind. It has one hotel with cafe and bar open 7 days, a local convenience store, a 24hr petrol station, a hairdresser, three camping grounds and a coffee shop. Plus there are a range of guiding companies available to help you explore Doubtful Sound.

Manapouri's central location makes it the ideal base for half- and full-day trips to explore other parts of Fiordland, including the famous Milford Sound, the Mavora lakes, Monawai and Tuatapere.

Where to stay

While exploring Lake Manapouri and the surrounding region, come stay with us at Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn. Choose from serviced hotel, family self-catering or budget units, all overlooking beautiful Lake Manapouri. We also have an on-site bar and cafe open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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