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.

Find things to do and places to stay Lake Manapouri area

Check, Clean, Dry

Clean all gear when moving between waterways to prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

How to check, clean, dry your gear.


Te Rua-o-te-moko/Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 249 7924
Address Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Hours See visitor centre hours


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