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  • Family-friendly
  • Picturesque creek



Lake Monowai is a very peaceful paradise at the edge of Fiordland National Park.

Beautiful Lake Monowai powers one of the South Island's oldest hydroelectric stations and occupies a long, curved valley in the southern part of Fiordland National Park.

The short, interpretive nature walk starts close to the lake and tells the story of the beech forest. Explore a variety of plant types, look out for the small bush birds and stop at the picturesque creek.

Department of Conservation

Track conditions often change. Be prepared by checking with the Department of Conservation before you go.

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Alternative routes

There are many excellent hikes in the area, including a six-hour walk to Green Lake.


Getting there

Lake Monowai and the Borland Road are located about 67 km from Te Anau and 120 km from Invercargill and can be accessed via the Southern Scenic Route.


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