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Manapouri Circle Track, Southland

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Manapouri Circle TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

2 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1 (Fast)



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One of the few loop tracks in Fiordland, the Manapouri circle track provides amazing views. A water taxi is required to cross the Waiau river to the trailhead -- this can easily be arranged with Mike at Adventure Manapouri River Taxi. Mike picks up from Manapouri's Pearl Harbour, and within 5 mins you'll be across the river at the trail. 

After about 5-10 minutes, follow the sign for the Circle Track taking a trail to your left. The track takes you through forest up a moderately steep trail to the view point, where you have a stunning view of Lake Manapouri, Mt Titiroa, and The Monument. From there the trail descends back down to the forest floor where you will meet a trail fork -- turn right following DOC signs back to Manapouri to complete the loop. From then on you mostly follow the beach along Lake Manapouri, where there are some lovely places to have a break and enjoy the sunshine and a swim (and sandflies). 

This track can definitely be muddy after rainfall, and a bit of treefall is to be expected. 

For a longer and more adventurous run, this trail can be connected with the tracks to Hope Arm or Back Valley huts.

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Features of interest

Views of Mt Titiroa & The Monument.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 75%

Easy Single Track: 25%

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  • Access

    A water taxi is needed to cross the Waiau river to the start (https://adventuremanapouri.co.nz/). Otherwise, you need your own kayak to cross.

    Parking at Pearl Harbour Manapouri for the water taxi.

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  • Staying Safe



    Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    No water along the way. It's a short track, bring all the water you'll need.

    This track can be done year-round provided there has been no flooding or severe weather. The track is prone to mud, so take into account longer travel times if there's been wet weather.

    At the viewpoint, stay away from the edge.

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