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Fraser Beach Track

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This walk takes you along the shore of Lake Manapouri, which is often described as New Zealand’s most beautiful lake due to its scenery and deep blue waters. 

The walk is full of options. The start and the end of the walk are interchangeable: start at whichever end you’d like, either Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, or at the Frasers Beach road entrance just north of Manapouri township.

You may even find that you don’t complete this walk so quickly because you stop to sunbathe or go for a swim. You can also choose between walking along the beach or using the track that runs parallel to the beach. There are also picnic tables along the way if you want to have lunch with a view.

Speaking of the view, you will be able to gaze at the mountains across the lake and, of course, Lake Manapouri itself. This walk is perfect for sunset as you watch the sky change colour and have it reflected in the water. 

This walk is great for families, mostly for the reasons mentioned above. It is easy and has a lot of options for everyone to enjoy.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Manapouri, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 30 minute walk
        • Distance: 1 km
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: There is a cycle path.
        • Route: One way or return
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: This walk is along the beach.
        • Toilets: There are toilets along the beach.
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Unknown
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views of Lake Manapouri and the surrounding mountains.

  • Track Quality

    The track is easy and along the beach.

  • Hazards

    None

  • Transport

    No

  • Water

    Water can be found in town and along the beach.

  • Driving Instructions

    Manapouri is a 20 minute drive from Te Anau along the Manapouri – Te Anau Highway. This walk start/finishes at either Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, or at the Frasers Beach road entrance just north of Manapouri township.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The closest shops and restaurants are on Waiau St and further into Manapouri.

  • Area & Track History

    The town and lake were named after Māori legend that the lake was formed from the tears of two daughters of a local chief. Manapouri means “lake of the sorrowing heart” or “lake of the throbbing heart.”

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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Map of Fraser Beach Track

Here is the map for Fraser Beach Track showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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