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