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  • Address: Manapouri
  • Admission: Free

Stunning Lake Manapouri surrounded by the majestic Cathedral Ranges and dotted with thirty-four islands, is beautiful and impressive. The mountains, which make up the north, south and west sides of the lake, descend into the water creating lovely waterfalls and isolated sandy coves perfect for swimming and picnics.

The small town of Manapouri (pop. 300) lies on the east coast and is the major jumping off point for people heading to Doubtful Sound as it can be reached by boat from the Waiau River which feeds the lake.

There are a number of walking tracks around the lake, including the well known Manapouri Track which leads you up Mt. Titiroa to take in the beautiful lake views before finishing with a swim in the lake. Lesser known walks include Percy’s Pass and Dusky Track.

Fishing is also popular on the lake and suits the experienced and novices alike. If you’re after a workout then kayaks are available depending on the weather.

Practical Info

The lake is outside your door if you’re in Manapouri, otherwise it is a 15 minute drive from Te Anau or 2.5 hour drive from Queenstown.

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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau, Fiordland & Milford Sound, null
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 130 Reviews

Your Doubtful Sound adventure begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri. Then it's over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $168.41
Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour, Te Anau, Day Cruises
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Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $213.71
Taste of Fiordland Scenic Helicopter Flight from Te Anau, Te Anau, Day Cruises
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Taste of Fiordland Scenic Helicopter Flight from Te Anau

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

Take a flight around the local Te Anau area with a taste of all things Fiordland. This scenic flight encompasses a view of Lake Manapouri and Lake Te Anau, ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $154.08
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, Fiordland & Milford Sound, Helicopter Tours
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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 Reviews

Experience the natural beauty of Doubtful Sound on an overnight cruise departing from Manapouri on New Zealand’s South Island. Cruise on a traditional ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $193.50
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Be struck by the beautiful silence of Doubtful Sound as you cruise the crystal waters and take in the breathtaking scenery. Journey across Lake Manapouri, ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.75
Queenstown Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour, Queenstown, ... 
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Queenstown Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Experience the natural beauty of New Zealand over two days with this Queenstown Super Saver. First up, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $223.74

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