Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Lake2Lake Trail - Manapouri Section

Manapouri, Southland

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.0%


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Not much to know here. Just follow the trail out, it has been built as part of an eventual cycleway all the way from Te Anau to Manapouri and, as it is still very new, it is more like a gravel road than a trail. I think age will slowly make it a much better trail as the bush grows in closer and makes it a bit more intimate.

So follow the trail out for just over 4 and a half km to what is now the end of the trail following the Lake2Lake signs - to where you get to road with no trail on the other side. On the way back I stopped at the sign for Moturau Heights... head up the hill there about 100m and you get great views back over the lake. Then, also on the way back you will get to where the road cuts across and down to the lakefront... here you can either stay on the trail and re-trace your steps... or, as I did, take the route to the right and follow the road along the lake for more lovely views of the lake, following the road at the end .

Great lake and mountain views

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Plenty of parking

0 km

1 minutes




Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There is a Lake right next door for half of the run... plus one stream in the other section.

All weather trail, should be no problems at all.

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Bryan  Stout

Bryan Stout

has completed Lake2Lake Trail - Manapouri Section 3 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Really enjoyable, especially when recovering from an injury. Great swim in the lake afterwards on a super hot day too.

Tony Sharpe

January 18, 2022

Nice trail - great for beginner trail runners actually! I quite enjoyed going down to the beach on the way back.

Matt Halverson

December 26, 2020

Excellent wee trail and I can't wait until it links up. Also, you can spot sheep so large I genuinely had to stop and stare to work out if they were cows. Off leash for the doggos is allowed.

Fleur Douglas

August 15, 2020

Easy undulating gravel trail, few brief views (seats at vantage points if you want to take a break), mainly in bush and crosses a wetland briefly. Beware walkers and cyclists may be encountered, and the do not always keep left!

Bryan Stout

February 16, 2020

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