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Classic Cottage

Classic Cottage

Cottage, Holiday Home Accommodation - Manapouri

Classic Cottage is excellent quality budget accommodation. Moments walk to the Doubtful Sound departure point, it has off-road parking and stunning Fiordland Mountain views.

Classic Cottage has a newly renovated bathroom with gas water, shower, bath, vanity and separate toilet. Freshly painted throughout with a clean, well equipped kitchen, and open plan living area.
Two freshly painted bedrooms contain 1 double bed 1 queen and 1 single, sleeping up to 5 people.

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Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn

Holiday Home, Motel, Motor Lodge Accommodation - Manapouri

Looking for peace and tranquility overlooking New Zealand's most beautiful lake? Look no further than Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn.

Situated fifteen minutes scenic drive from Te Anau, which is the departure point for Doubtful Sound trips. The Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn is the ideal base for all Fiordland activities. We offer comfortable yet affordable accommodation in a unique, spectacular setting.

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Lakefront Villa Manapouri

Lakefront Villa Manapouri

Holiday Home Accommodation - Manapouri

Situated in Manapouri, this air-conditioned holiday home features free WiFi and a patio. The holiday home is 41 km from Doubtful Sound. Free private parking is available on site.

A dishwasher and an oven can be found in the kitchen. Towels and bed linen are available at Lakefront Villa Manapouri. Other facilities at Lakefront Villa Manapouri include a barbecue.

You can play tennis at the property, and the area is popular for horse riding. Luxmore Jet is 200 metres from Lakefront... More...

Manapouri Lodge

Manapouri Lodge

Holiday Home Accommodation - Manapouri

Set in Manapouri in the Southland Region, this detached holiday home is 41 km from Doubtful Sound. The property features views of the mountain and is 400 metres from Manapouri. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher and there is a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. A flat-screen TV and DVD player are available. Other facilities at Manapouri Lodge include a barbecue.

You can play tennis at the property, and the... More...

16 Motu-au Close Cottage

16 Motu-au Close Cottage

Holiday Home Accommodation - Manapouri

16 Motu-au Close Cottage is a detached holiday home set in Manapouri in the Southland Region and is 41 km from Doubtful Sound. The property is 400 metres from Manapouri and free private parking is provided. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

A dishwasher and an oven can be found in the kitchen and there is a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. A flat-screen TV and DVD player is offered. Other facilities at 16 Motu-au Close Cottage include a... More...


Manapouri Township is a 20 minutes drive from Te Anau. It is the gateway to both Doubtful and Dusky Sounds and the starting point for local walking tracks.
Manapouri is a popular destination during the summer months when visitors come to soak up the sunshine and enjoy Lake Manapouri’s crystal clear waters.

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Manapouri, with a population of 400, is situated on the shores of it’s namesake, Lake Manapouri. It is a beautiful lake with many bush clad islands scattered throughout, framed by the spectacular Cathedral Mountains.
It is the gateway to such scenic wonders of Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound and the starting point for many walking tracks, hunting and fishing trips.

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There are few more mysterious and lovely lakes than that of Lake Manapouri, which is often referred to as the ’loveliest’ of all of New Zealand’s (and especially Fiordland’s) very many lakes. Individuals have their own favourites but there can be no doubting of Lake Manapouri’s supreme and unique beauty, a beauty that only begins to be fully revealed and appreciated by taking a trip on the lake itself.
Brooding, tranquil, tempestuous, serene, glowering - these are all true of Lake Manapouri in one or more of its compelling moods. To drift quietly along in the North Arm, on a clear Fiordland day, is to experience sights and sounds of exquisite beauty.
A feature of the lake is the number of coves, bays and islands,set in astonishingly pure water.
Thirty five wooded islands dot the lake, and the shoreline extends for 157 km, with dense bush and interspaced with lovely beaches.

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The name Manapouri is a corruption of manawapora ("sorrowing heart"), a Maori name that was applied to Lake South Mavora - situated East of Fiordland National Park - and mistakenly given to Manapouri by a European cartographer.
The ancient Maori name was Roto-ua (the rainy lake), but it later became Moturau, meaning many islands or as some would have it "lake of a hundred islands". This is an exaggeration but one with appeal.
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.
Those who have come to know this extraordinary lake greatly value the seclusion and pristine atmosphere to be found in it’s many arms and bays.

Spacer Services and Facilities in Manapouri
Manapouri has a range of accommodation, including motor camps, motels, homestays and farmstays.

Grocery Store (open 7 days)
Petrol Station (open 7 days)
Bar and Bistro (open 7 days)
Bottle Store (open 7 days)
Craft Shops
Video Hire
Swimming pool, library and public hall

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From Pearl Harbour visitors depart for West Arm and Doubtful Sound by launch over Lake Manapouri, or walk some of the local tracks.
You can hire kayak’s and rowboats (from Fiordland Adventure Charters and Fish Fiordland) and paddle over the Waiau River or around Lake Manapouri. Access to some local walks are available by crossing the Waiau River.

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