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Manapouri is a town of 222 (2018) in the Southland region of the South Island of New Zealand. It isn't an attraction of itself, but rather serves as a gateway for exploring the southern fiords and sounds of Fiordland National Park, most prominently Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound.


Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Te Anau, use State Highway 95 (SH 95) south from the town centre for 21 km. SH 95 ends at Manapouri town centre.

If you're driving from Invercargill, use SH 99 west and then Clifden–Blackmount Rd (unnumbered) northwest, taking a little under two hours (roughly 140 km). Despite what it might seem on maps, the road is fully sealed, has a shoulder, and has the standard speed limit of 100 km/h.

From the rest of Southland, head west from Mossburn via SH 94, and turn left onto Hillside–Manapouri Rd (unnumbered) after 43 km (around about The Key) and continue until you reach Manapouri.

By plane[edit]

1 Te Anau–Manapouri Airport Te Anau Airport on Wikipedia (TEU  IATA) is the airport serving the area. It is only used by charter flights, though.

By bus[edit]

Tracknet has one daily bus from Te Anau to Manapouri.

Get around[edit]

The town centre is small enough that it is navigable on foot.


  • 1 Manapouri Hall (Manapouri Community Centre), 11 Hall Rd, +64 22 190 2071, . This might seem like an innocuous hall, but it was used to film a scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, in which Frodo, Samwise and Gollum attempt to enter the black gates of Mordor.
  • 2 Doubtful Sound. This is probably the reason why you're in Manapouri in the first place – refer to the linked article for detailed information. Doubtful Sound / Patea (Q575365) on Wikidata Doubtful Sound / Patea on Wikipedia







Go next[edit]

This city travel guide to Manapouri is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.