This is a pleasant, short walking track in Hope Arm on Lake Manapouri, leading to either West Beach or the waterfalls above the cove.

Track overview

1.5 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

45 min - 1 hr return Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Two tracks lead from the head of the cove.

The first heads west to West Beach where there are rewarding views of Lake Manapouri.

The second passes through ancient podocarp forest, climbing briefly until reaching the high bluff waterfalls and then descending through mountain beech forest to the lake edge. This track is also known as the Waterfall Track.

It is advisable to return to Stockyard Cove following the same track as the foreshore is rocky, slippery and parts of it can be underwater if the lake level is high.

Getting there

This track starts and finishes at Stockyard Cove at the western entrance to Hope Arm, on Lake Manapouri, Fiordland.

To get to the start of the track you can travel by boat or kayak.

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).

Know before you go

Sandflies are plentiful so we recommend repellent!


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
Back to top