Lake Manapouri Travel Guide

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Lake Manapouri Things to Do

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    by al2401 Written Jul 13, 2012

    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.

    Machine Hall - Manapouri Hydro Power Station Access Tunnel - Manapouri Hydro Power Station Manapouri Hydro Power Station

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    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Take the Tour to the Power station across the lake.
    You travel by Fast Ferry over the lake, visit the Powerhouse and then take a bus to the Powerstation deep below in the heart of the rocks.
    Enlarge the photograph to see the powerhouse, but there is much more underground.

    Manapouri powerhouse.
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Lake Manapouri Warnings and Dangers

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    by kiwi Written Sep 11, 2002

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    In Doubtful Sound there ARE sharks, we hauled one out on a line!!
    This is not a lake, but is a fiord with seawater.

    See my teeth!! He's alive and we threw him back!

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Lake Manapouri Off The Beaten Path

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    by taxing Updated Apr 4, 2011

    You have to be in a kayak to have this happen to you. You truck to the sound with your guide, leaving from TeAnau. You camp overnight in the most remote place you can imagine. I actually heard a morepork at night. That's a rare owl. You can drive to the Sound, but that's certainly not the way to see things like this.

    This is a real picture. I was there! I took it.
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    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The delicacy to catch down here, is the Blue Cod. A deep water fish and these are deep water sounds, carved by glaciers. Two on one line is a treat not to miss and you don't have to wait long either.

    Blue Cod, double catch.
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    by kiwi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fishing in Doubtful Sound is very special. I swear you only needed to put your line over for a minute and there would be a fish on the line. Some of the fish are not edible, but others are. It is very satisfying to be guaranteed a catch and not to have to wait long. This place is serene, beautiful and extremely tranquil. A wonderful place to wind down from the hussle and bussle of fast life.

    Peaceful therapy
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