Lookout, Circle Track

Image: Lauren Schaer | ©


This tramping track takes you on a pleasant, half-day walk through beech forest near Manapouri, to a hill viewpoint overlooking the lake.

Track overview

6.9 km

Walking and tramping

3 - 3.5 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From the jetty on the other side of the Waiau River, follow the riverside track for 15 minutes to a track junction. Turn left and head up the hill to the view point overlooking the lake.

This part of the track is rather steep and slippery so you will need to take care. The track then descends down the ridgeline to the Hope Arm Track.

Turn right to return to Pearl Harbour which takes about one hour.

Robins, tomtits, tūī and bellbirds are abundant in the mixed beech and podocarp forest.

This track can be combined with the Hope Arm or Back Valley Hut tracks for longer or overnight options.

Getting there

This track starts and finishes at Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, Fiordland.

To get to the start of the track you need to cross the Waiau River. There are water taxis available in the summer season, or row boats can be hired. For options contact: Manapouri Store, phone +64 3 249 661. 

To get to Manapouri from Te Anau (21 km, 20 minutes drive), follow the Manapouri - Te Anau Highway.

The wharf at Pearl Harbour is 500 m past the shops on Waiau St, and the carpark is accessed from View St (left turn south of shops).


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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