Lake Rakatu


12km / 7.5 miles one-way

Estimated Time

10 hours return

Elevation Change




Time: 10 hrs return.

Access: Via River Taxi from Manapouri to the start of the track

A variation of the Back Valley walk adds Lake Rakatu for a demanding 8 to 9 hr walking day. While the elevation change is fairly slight, the distance makes for a good long day's walking.

You can swim at Lake Rakatu and have a lunch stop, although the water is more peaty than Lake Manapouri - a good excuse to make time for another swim when you get back to the main lake!