Pearl Harbour, Waiau Street, Manapouri

This tramping track takes you on a pleasant, half-day walk through forest near Manapouri, to a hill viewpoint overlooking the lake. Robins, tomtits, tūī and bellbirds are abundant in the mixed beech and podocarp forest.

To get to the start of the 3 - 3.5 hour return track you need to cross the Waiau River, options include water taxis or hired row boats. From the jetty on the other side of the Waiau River to the Manapouri township, follow the riverside track for 15 minutes to a track junction. Turn left and head up the hill to until you reach the view point overlooking the lake. This part of the track is rather steep and slippery so you will need to take care. After the viewpoint, the track then descends down the ridgeline to join the Hope Arm Track. When you reach this track, turn right to return to Pearl Harbour which takes about one hour. Circle track can be combined with the Hope Arm or Back Valley Hut Tracks for longer or overnight options.

Department of Conservation
Last modified
Tue 26 Jun 2018
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