Manapouri

Manapouri

Manapouri is the small town on the edge of Fiordland National Park as you travel north on the Southern Scenic Route from Monowai. There are several accommodation options and a gas station and store, while a pretty street-front church has long been a restaurant and bar. There are also the unique Two Wee Bookshops near the corner of Home Street and Hillside-Manapouri Road, a one-minute walk from the Church.

Despite its small size, Manapouri has an active tourist scene, with boat trips around and across Lake Manapouri from nearby Pearl Harbour. For a more remote trip to Milford Sound, Manapouri offers boat access to West Arm. From there, you take a bus over Wilmot Pass and then a boat trip on Doubtful Sound / Patea.

There are also various tracks around the southeast end of the lake that can be accessed by crossing Pearl Harbour on a boat. But the easiest option is to take the short but pretty track down Pearl Harbour to Frasers Beach, then back to the small town centre.

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