Manapouri Walking & Hiking Guide

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Here’s our pick of the best walks & hiking tracks in Manapouri

To be honest, there are not a lot of really good walks in Manapouri, but it is the gateway to Doubtful Sounds. The lake is very pretty on a calm day, take the walk to Fraser Beach, and enjoy the views. The bike track, however, is very good. You walk along the same track if you do the walk to Fraser Beach, although I would suggest actually walking on the beach and not the track.




I haven’t hiked from Pearl Harbour to Back Valley Hut yet, but it’s on the list, I’m sure this will be an excellent walk.

List of all walks in Manapouri

Circle Track in Manapouri, South Island - Copyright Freewalks.nz ManapouriSouth Island

Circle Track

6.9 km • 3-3.5 hours • Medium

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Fraser Beach Track in Manapouri, South Island - View walking down the beach ManapouriSouth Island

Fraser Beach Track

1 km • 30 minutes • Very easy

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Pearl Harbour to Back Valley Hut in Manapouri - Pretty orange wild mushrooms growing along the side of the walk - Copyright Freewalks.nz ManapouriSouth Island

Pearl Harbour to Back Valley Hut

7.8 km • 4-5 hours • Hard

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