Get a group together and join us for a small boat tour on New Zealand’s second deepest and most beautiful lake, Lake Manapōuri. Carved by glaciers tens of thousands of years ago, Lake Manapōuri is adorned with many islands, rugged cliffs, and beautiful bays. Let us show you the highlights during our 2.5 hour cruise while we share stories of the history, nature, and beauty of the area.
Lake Manapōuri is just 20 minutes' drive from Te Anau. It is known for its many islands and mysterious, deep brooding waters. Join us on a cruise and explore the remote Eastern shores of the lake by boat & learn about the area's history.
Travelling by boat on Lake Manapōuri is like embarking on a journey through a tranquil and unspoiled paradise. This deep, pristine lake is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, which was hard-fought to be saved in New Zealand's first nationwide environmental campaign in the late 1960's.
The Save Manapōuri campaign stirred up national interest as the construction of a hydro-electric power station at West Arm was to increase the levels of Lakes Manapōuri & Te Anau by up to 30 metres, inundating many of the islands and engulfing much of the natural shoreline and joining the lakes as one. The power station did go ahead and be built, but thankfully, due to public pressure, lake level changes were kept at a minimum.
Lake Manapōuri was named by early Māori as Motu-rau or the 'Lake of many islands' due to its 33 small islands, each with its unique character. Exploring these islands by boat unveils a world of hidden coves, secluded beaches, and enchanting wildlife, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
Lake Manapōuri Tour Details
Our Lake Manapōuri 2.5 hour cruise tours depart from Te Anau or Manapōuri on demand. Small group size of 12 passengers maximum per cruise
Fare from Te Anau: $600.00 (1-10 guests)
Please Note: weather and lake conditions can affect the operation of this tour, if the conditions are deemed unsuitable then the tour will be postponed or cancelled. Our Lake Manapōuri tour is aboard a 9.8 metre vessel and is not recommended for guests with mobility issues or children under 5 years. * Bookings are essential