Lake Manapōuri. © Martin Sliva

Get lakeside at Manapōuri


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At 444 metres, Fiordland’s Lake Manapōuri is the second deepest lake in New Zealand.  

Dotted with no less than 33 small islands and set against the backdrop of Fiordland’s Cathedral Mountain Range, Lake Manapōuri is a lovely spot to enjoy some tranquility. 

Manapōuri was originally named Roto-au or ‘the rainy lake’ by early Māori in reference to the sheer volume of rainfall Fiordland receives annually – seven metres each year, on average. 

On the eastern shores of the lake you’ll find the small township of Manapōuri, while on the lake’s western arm is the largest underground power station in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Choose from one of several walking trails around the lake where you can immerse yourself in native bush, spot waterfalls and discover secluded sandy coves. 

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