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THE MANAPOURI EXPEDITION

The Manapouri Expedition can be guided or self-guided and will give you a first-hand glimpse of what these little boats make possible.  The trip is a one-way journey from Te Anau to Manapouri and offers a great mix of both river and lake paddling. Before You’ll cruise down the very scenic Waiau River into Lake Manapouri we will give you some professional training to make sure you are happy in and on the water. After that, you’ll be paddling your way down the river and across the lake and its stunning islands for an ascent of the iconic Monument. Each night, you’ll stay either in classic kiwi huts or make camp on pristine, secluded sandy beaches. If you need a bit more adventure try our Hollyford/Pyke Expedition.

NOTE:

This product has a flexible and personal start date for your convenience and to pick the best possible weather. Please contact us before making a booking so we can make sure everything is good from our end.

The Manapouri Expedition

$350.00

Availability: 48 in stock

THE MANAPOURI EXPEDITION

The Manapouri Expedition can be guided or self-guided and will give you a first-hand glimpse of what these little boats make possible.  The trip is a one-way journey from Te Anau to Manapouri and offers a great mix of both river and lake paddling. Before You’ll cruise down the very scenic Waiau River into Lake Manapouri we will give you some professional training to make sure you are happy in and on the water. After that, you’ll be paddling your way down the river and across the lake and its stunning islands for an ascent of the iconic Monument. Each night, you’ll stay either in classic kiwi huts or make camp on pristine, secluded sandy beaches. If you need a bit more adventure try our Hollyford/Pyke Expedition.

Book the Manapouri Expedition - Dinner time on one of the Islands at Lake Manapouri

THE MANAPOURI EXPEDITION

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

  • Perfect for beginners and confident packrafters, as this trip can be guided (an instructor with you throughout) or self-guided.
  • Either way, we will give you professional training before you start to ensure you are comfortable in the boats and on the water
  • Your choice to have an instructor along, or take the trip self-guided
  • The trip begins and ends in Te Anau
  • Transport to and from the trip is included
  • 1/2 day training + 3 days in the wilderness
  • Get all your needed boating gear from us
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THE MANAPOURI EXPEDITION

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 1

After coffee in town, we’ll head to the start of the Waiau River, a few short minutes from Te Anau. We’ll spend the morning learning about the boats and doing some training in the calmer upper sections of the Waiau, to make sure everyone is comfortable in the packrafts. Once everybody is happy we release you into the wild and onto the river. You run several easy but fun rapids on your way to the secluded shallow bay where you either camp or stay in the quaint hut of the same name. Beachcombing, bonfires, and swimming are all evening possibilities!

DAY 2

Across the lake! A mix of walking and paddling today as you make your way from one side of the lake to the other, exploring islands and isthmuses and white sandy beaches as you go. You’ll get a good chance to see what the boats are all about today as you’ll be utilizing them fully, with several transitions between water and land. The goal by the afternoon is the Monument, an iconic pinnacle thrusting up out of the lake. For those keen, enough (and without a fear of heights) take a trip to the top to marvel in the view, before finishing the day with a short paddle to Hope Arm and another hut or beach campsite.

DAY 3

Day three involves a gorgeous forest walk along classic kiwi trails back towards Manapouri where you’ll pull out the packrafts one more time for a final crossing of the river or lake. And then it’s back to civilization.

WHAT WILL I NEED?

  • You need to bring all your personal gear
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Stove & Fuel
  • Hiking gear
  • Food
  • and whatever you are normally taking on outdoor adventures

GEAR WE SUPPLY

  • We give you all the boating gear
  • Alpacka Packrafts
  • Pfd ( Personal Floating Device )
  • Paddles
  • Wetsuits if required

OTHER THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND

  • Accommodation is not included
  • Transport to and from Te Anau before and after the Expedition is not included
  • If you need to purchase extra gear once you have booked your spot you will get some awesome deals on gear from our online store
  • If you need more info pop your email in below and get the full info package for free

THE WEATHER IN FIORDLAND

The weather in Fiordland can be very unpredictable and change dramatically, very quickly; the close proximity of towering mountains and the ocean makes for conditions and temperatures that can vary markedly during the course of a day. Fiordland is one of the wettest places on the planet.

Summer months average around 20°C but the evenings can be a little cooler. Winter temperatures average around 10°C on the coast with the evenings much colder. It is not unusual to experience both summer and winter conditions and temperatures on the same day!

It is important to be prepared for the worst conditions carry the appropriate clothing at all times. In the event of extreme weather, your safety is our priority, and parts of the day may need to be changed. Any decision to do so is a professional decision made by your guide, please respect their decision as it is based on experience and with your safety in mind.

Regardless of the conditions you experience, sun, rain, a combination of the two, or anything in between, your experience will be a memorable one. Check out some info on Manapouri

Choose your Departure Date

Oct 2021, Nov 2021, Dec 2021, Jan 2022, Feb 2021, March 2022

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