Getting to Manapouri and tracks

Manapouri in Fiordland, New Zealand is for many people a side trip from Te Anau. But many miss out on one of New Zealand's great little towns. Situated 20km's from Te Anau lies Manapouri nestled against the shores of Lake Manapouri and the banks of the Waiau River.

Manapouri is the departure point for Doubtful Sound activities and cruises and the Manapouri Walking tracks.

Manapouri has a population of around 300, and provides a general store with postal services, cafe, garage, restaurant, motel, and a variety of other accommodation.

Water Taxi

Since the Back Valley area is bordered by the Waiau River, the only way across is by boat. It is actually a deep arm of Lake Manapouri created by the control structure that regulates the lake's water level for the Manapouri Power Station on the far side of the lake.

Our water taxi provides access to these walks on the Manapouri Tracks by River Water Taxi crossings.

Manapouri River Taxi Fare and Timetable

Call 0800 456 457 or email us to enquire about crossings from 8th April 2024 - October 2024."

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

Road transport

Manapouri is approximately 20km from Te Anau on State Highway 96. There are a few operators that provide bus or coach options but these tend to be for specific trips. Try contacting Real NZ, or Tracknet Transport for options if you need a ride.


Follow state Highway south out of Te Anau. There is no branch in the road and after 20km you'll see Manpouri. Once here keep right and the road will take you down to Pearl Harbour. Parking is limited and reserved here but a free public carpark is available a short walk away.

Borland Road/Lodge

If you are tackling Mount Titiroa you might want to start or finish at the Borland Lodge end. This is on a branch off State Highway 96 towards Lake Monowai, approximately 47km and 40min from Manapouri.