Manapouri Power Station is an underground hydroelectric power station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand, and the second largest power station in New Zealand. It was completed in 1971 and uses the 230 metre drop between the West arm of Lake Manapouri and Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound to generate electricity.
Tours are by appointment and are included in the Real Journeys Doubtful Sound trip.
Lake Manapouri is a glacier lake located in Fiordland National Park. It is New Zealand's second deepest lake measuring 444 metres at it deepest point. It has four arms - North, South, West and Hope. The Manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station is situated at the end of West Arm.
Any visitors to Doubtful Sound must cross Lake Manapouri to join the road from the power station over the Wilmot Pass.
This is a beautiful lake even when covered by clouds.
Doubtful Sound is home to fur seals, bottle-nosed dolphins, blue penguins and seabirds like gulls and gannets.