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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

Brahms Mini Festival Fiordland Kiwi Diaries - Public Talk Special Contra Dance with US Allemand Joy Contra Tour St John Workplace First Aid Training Understanding Your Farming Business
Brahms Mini Festival
Te Anau, Fiordland, Southland
From Thursday 1 March 2018 to Friday 2 March 2018
Fiordland Kiwi Diaries - Public Talk
Fiordland National Park Visitors Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland, Southland
Wednesday 28 February 2018
Special Contra Dance with US Allemand Joy Contra Tour
Fiordland Community Events Centre, Te Anau, Fiordland, Southland
Friday 23 February 2018
St John Workplace First Aid Training
Te Anau Club, Te Anau, Fiordland, Southland
Thursday 24 May 2018
Understanding Your Farming Business
Te Anau Golf Club, Te Anau, Fiordland, Southland
From Thursday 8 March 2018 to Thursday 3 May 2018

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 13 Dec 2017 

Otago Daily Times
Botanists honoured in Manapouri
Otago Daily Times
A plaque was a due to be unveiled in Fiordland yesterday to commemorate the work of a Polish father and son who first recorded a number of plants and bird species in New Zealand. Southland District Council staff have been working with the Polish ...

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