Day Walks information
With some form of water transport (kayak, dinghy or water taxi), you can cross the Waiau River for some easy low-altitude day walks, detailed in the DOC brochure Fiordland National Park Day Walks (www.doc.govt.nz). A walk along the Circle Track (three hours return) can be extended to Hope Arm (five to six hours return), crossing the uninvitingly named Stinking Creek. Although Te Anau is the usual access point for the Kepler Track, the trail touches the northern end of Lake Manapouri and part of it can be done as a day walk from Manapouri; access is via the swing bridge at Rainbow Reach, 10km north of town. From Pearl Harbour there’s also a walk that doesn’t require crossing the river: to Frasers Beach (1½ hours return), from where you can gaze across the beautiful lake.