Manapouri's Back Valley area is a hidden gem of short walks and a starting point for accessing longer and harder trips.

1 - Circle Track (3.5-4hr return)

The Circle Track is a great little walk although a little steep in places.

2 - Beach walk (1-1.5hr return)

Enjoy a different view of Manapouri, the lake and mountains beyond from the beach walk.

3 - Hope Arm (6hrs return)

Hope Arm and the Hope Arm Hut are a good option for an overnight explore.

4 - Back Valley hut (5hr return)

Back Valley with it's charming back-country hut is a beautiful walk through some amazing bush.

5 - Lake Rakatu (7hr return)

Hidden in at the top of Back Valley is Lake Rakatu a remote lake with views up to Titiroa.


Access to these walks on the Manapouri Track is by River Water Taxi crossings - click here to book now.

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To make your Manapouri walking Tracks river crossing, click here or you can call us on 0800 456 457 or +64 3 249 7777 and email:

Manapouri River Taxi Fare and Timetable

November 2023 to April 2024

10:00am – Scheduled $15.00pp, each way

11:00am – Scheduled $15.00pp, each way

3:00pm – Scheduled $15.00pp, each way

4:00pm – Scheduled $15.00pp, each way

On Demand and group departures by pre-arrangement, subject to availability