A stunning lake dotted with thirty-three small islands, Manapouri is the second deepest lake in New Zealand and the starting point for day trips to Doubtful Sound or the Dusky Track. At the end of West Arm a large hydro power station, built in 1959, can be witnessed.
Also known as New Zealand’s “loveliest lake”, Lake Manapouri sits within the boundaries of Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.
The quiet township of Manapouri is a 20 minute drive away from Te Anau. It’s the perfect place to relax and take in the views of the Cathedral Mountains surrounding the lake.
Any scenic flights headed towards the southern Fiordland area, will fly over this picturesque lake.
Helicopter Trip Routes
Many of our Doubtful Sound Scenic Helicopter Flights take you across Lake Manapouri. From above you can appreciate the quiet vastness of the lake and the numerous islands it holds.