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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Southland > Manapouri


Manapouri is a small settlement on the edge of the Lake Manapouri, about 20 minutes from Te Anau. The lake offers some exquisite scenery, with the surrounding Cathedral and Hunter mountain ranges lit up by the sun and giving the area a dramatic ambience. The town itself is barely more than a village and is spread out along the highway with shops and homes sitting humbly beneath the hills. This is mostly a base for travellers going to Doubtful Sound, as well as hikers heading to the Kepler and Dusky Tracks. The lake offers excellent kayaking, and there are horse trekking excursions in the environs.

Coming & going

Manapouri lies a short distance south of Te Anau on State Highway 95. TrackNet (tel (03) 249 7777) stop here en route between Invercargill and Te Anau.

Hostel accommodation

Freestone Backpackers

Hillside Road, Manapouri
Tel (03) 249 6893

13 Murrell Avenue, Manapouri
Tel (03) 249 6623

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