The lakeside town of Manapouri, located at the edge of Fiordland National Park, provides a base for journeys into the glacier-carved wilderness. Originally called Roto-au (the rainy lake) by early Maori and then Moturau (many islands), the lake is the second deepest in New Zealand, at 444 metres, with a circumference of 170 kilometres.
Nowadays, Manapouri is known as the departure point for Doubtful Sound trips and excursions to the West Arm Power Station, the largest underground power generation in the southern hemisphere. more
Kayaking on the lake is weather dependent, but a wonderful way to experience the remote bays and sandy beaches.
Manapouri provides visitors to the region, with a variety of accommodation, two cafes, a restaurant, garage and hotel, and all the amenities for those who enjoy peaceful surroundings. Leisurely and picturesque Manapouri is a visit you will enjoy.
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Mobile-friendly - These new, fully self contained two bedroom eco-cottages, situated on the Southern Scenic Route, just 1km from Lake Manapouri township, and 20km from Te Anau, offer spectacular mountain views. Its the ideal base for exploring Doubtful and Milford Sounds and the dramatic and beautiful Fiordland National Park. Acheron Cottages are actively managed to minimise effects to the ecosystem.
Small family owned and operated business. We pride ourselves in creating an unforgettable and amazing luxury itinerary tailored to your personal interests. Each itinerary we make is completely customised to your time frame and budget. Whether you would like to self-drive, have a personal chauffeur/guide or have a mix of both - the choice is yours.
Mobile-friendly - With 2000-acres of farmland bordering the Fiordland National Park, Cabot Lodge is a luxury escape on the doorstep of Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford Tracks. This luxury lodge accommodates up to ten guests and offers an array of experiences, including farm tours, private hiking trails, remote hilltop spa pool experience and a private fishing jetty.
Mobile-friendly - As you board, your friendly crew will welcome you with a glass of bubbly to set the mood for you to take in the majesty of this awesome World Heritage area. Cruise amongst breath-taking mountain vistas with your captain giving an informative commentary on the area, its' history and how Fiordland was formed, as playful bottle-nose dolphins surf alongside.
Jet boat down the Waiau River to the deserted shores of Lake Manapouri - named NZ's most beautiful lake - and walk in lush beech forest in Fiordland National Park. Travel through spectacular scenes from Lord of the Rings; see trout in crystal-clear waters; all while enjoying the innate fun a jet boat has to offer - speed and spins!
Mobile-friendly - Stay on an Alpaca Farm in a fully self-contained one bedroom cottage with outdoor hot tub and gas BBQ with outstanding views. The cottage is set up as a home away from home and located just on the outskirts of Lake Manapouri. Join the hosts each evening feeding alpacas and be envious of where these alpacas get to live.
Book a fun alpaca experience today with Kepler Mountain View Alpaca Farm Tours! We offer a 1hr farm-tour so you can learn about farming alpaca in New Zealand. We also have a 30min tour where you meet and feed alpacas and also we have our exclusive Alpaca Walking Tour.
Described as the 'loveliest of all lakes' in New Zealand, Lake Manapouri is a haven of seclusion and beauty and located in Fiordland in the south-west of the South Island. This pristine lake is the second deepest in New Zealand and is the gateway for trips to Doubtful Sound.
Mobile-friendly - Explore Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys, a local company that has operated excursions in Fiordland for 60 years. Choose day, overnight or coach/cruise options: *Wilderness Day Cruises - a three-hour wilderness cruise through the fiord with our on-board nature guide. *Overnight Cruises - the ultimate dinner, bed and breakfast experience in Doubtful Sound (private en suite cabins).
Mobile-friendly - Discover Fiordland, Queenstown and Te Anau with Real Journeys, a local company that has guided excursions into these unique areas for 60 years. Choose day, overnight or coach/cruise options to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Visit the Te Anau Glowworms Caves, try the Milford Track Guided Day Walk, Queenstown's iconic TSS Earnslaw Steamship and Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Wild Wool Gallery is located on Ray and Jessie Haanen's Alpaca farm Kepler Mountain View Alpacas where Jessie works as a fibre artist creating unique one off fine accessories by felting alpaca fibre, silks and merino fibre. Wild Wool Gallery also stocks a range of other alpaca products made in New Zealand.
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