Lake Manapouri
Image: Kendall DeLyse ©


Nestled in amongst Fiordland mountains, Lake Manapouri and surrounds offer stunning scenery and numerous activities to enjoy. It is a great spot for families, and those who love boating, day walks and tramping a bit off the beaten track.


Lake Manapouri provides a peaceful, beautiful setting for a visit to Fiordland National Park. From the Manapouri township you can access Doubtful Sound (via West Arm and Wilmot Pass).

The famous Kepler Track Great Walk is close by too, and has excellent day walk options for families.

Surrounding the lake are the Kepler Mountains, Turret Range and the Hunter Mountains. Across the lake is access to Doubtful Sound via West Arm and Wilmot Pass.

Fans of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy can visit local spots that featured in the films, including the Waiau River as the ‘River Anduin’, and the Kepler Mire as the ‘Dead Marshes’ - see Lord of the Rings locations.

Place overview


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping


  • Toilets
  • Check clean dry
    Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

    Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

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Lake Te Anau is excellent for boating,


Lake Te Anau offers excellent fishing,


You can swim in the lake.

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    About this place

    Nature and conservation

    Getting there

    Lake Manapouri is 21 km and about 20 minutes drive from Te Anau. 

    Know before you go

    Lake Manapouri can quickly become rough and choppy, particularly in the afternoons, take this into account when planning activities.

    Didymo has been found along the edges of Lake Manapouri. You must check, clean, dry all gear before leaving the lake edge and moving into lake tributaries or other waterways. Watercraft are encouraged not to enter tributary rivers as they may spread didymo into these pristine rivers.

    Get information to prepare for your trip to Fiordland:


    Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
    Address:   Fiordland National Park
    Visitor Centre
    Lakefront Drive
    Te Anau 9600
    Full office details
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