Manapouri, 20km south of Te Anau, is the jumping-off point for cruises to Doubtful Sound. Most visitors head straight to the boat harbour for the ferry to the West Arm of Lake Manapouri, known to early Māori as Roto Ua or 'rainy lake', and later as Moturau, the 'many island lake'.
But little Manapouri has a few tricks up its sleeve. The town can't compete with Te Anau's abundance of restaurants and motels but it has mountain-backed lake views easily as lovely as those enjoyed by its bigger, more popular sibling. At 440m, Lake Manapouri is the second-deepest lake in New Zealand. And with far fewer overnight visitors than Te Anau, you can enjoy the spectacular sunsets all to yourself.