It is the getaway to the scenic wonders of Doubtful and Dusky Sounds and the starting point for many walking tracks, hunting and fishing trips.
There are few more mysterious and lovely lakes than Manapouri, which is often referred to as the "loveliest" of all New Zealand's (and especially Fiordland's) very many lakes.
The name Manapouri is a corruption of manawapora ("sorrowing heart"), a Maori name 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.
Doubtful Sound is the deepest of all fiords. A haven with its ancient rain forest and abundant wildlife it is quite simply and unquestionably breathtaking. Practically untouched by man, the physical grandeur of towering peaks, outstanding waterfalls (Browne Falls cascade 619 metres to the fiord near Hall Arm) and lack of wind create a powerful atmosphere of solitude and serenity. See Fiordland crested penguins, bottlenose dolphins and New Zealand fur seals.
Local Walks - This area offers either a short loop track with spectacular views of Lake Manapouri and the Hunter Mountains or one/two night trips in lowland forest on well marked tracks.
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