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Manapouri Township, the gateway to both Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, is a 20 minute drive from Te Anau, the hub of Fiordland. The township, with a permanent population of 400, is situated on the pristine shores of its namesake, Lake Manapouri, a popular destination during the summer months when visitors come to soak up the sunshine and calm waters.

Few lakes are more beautiful and mysterious than Lake Manapouri, which is often referred to as the loveliest of all of New Zealand's many lakes. There can be no doubting Lake Manapouri's unique beauty, fully revealed and appreciated by taking a trip on the lake itself, past untouched bush clad islands beneath the spectacular Cathedral Mountains. Thirty-five wooded islands dot the lake, and the shoreline extends for 157 km, covered by lush rainforest interspaced with lovely beaches. Take a scenic cruise or experience the coves, bays and islands at your own pace kayaking on the crystal clear waters.

The name Manapouri is a corruption of Manawapora ("sorrowful heart"), a Maori name mistakenly given to Manapouri by an early European cartographer, the original Manawapora is now called North Mavora Lake and lies to the north-east. The ancient Maori name was Roto-ua (Rainy Lake), but it later became Moturau, literally meaning "many islands".

Today, launches, boats, yachts and kayaks are regularly seen on all parts of the lake carrying both tourist and private parties on their various excursions and adventures. Boats are moored at Pearl Harbour, the lake's outlet into the Waiau River, which can be crossed to access to some of the local walks.

Those who have come to know this extraordinary lake greatly value the seclusion and pristine atmosphere to be found in its many arms and bays.

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Featured Fiordland Events

Tour De Science - A Science Storytelling Show Te Anau Workplace First Aid Fiordland Arts Society - Multi Media Art Exhibition
Tour De Science - A Science Storytelling Show
Fiordland Community Events Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland, Southland
Sunday 20 November 2016
Te Anau Workplace First Aid
Te Anau Club, Te Anau, Fiordland, Southland
Wednesday 26 October 2016
Fiordland Arts Society - Multi Media Art Exhibition
Fiordland Community Events Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland, Southland
From Friday 21 October 2016 to Monday 24 October 2016

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 7 Sep 2016 

The Southland Times
Manapouri, Eastern Bush and Otahu Flat water supplies in line for upgrade
The Southland Times
The Manapouri water scheme does not meet protozoa compliance several days of the year when the turbidity of the water affected the UV treatment device, the report said. Project and programme manager Bevan McKenzie said high winds blowing from the ...

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