Manapouri Underground Power Station

Doubtful Sound

The Manapouri Underground Power Station, located deep beneath Fiordland, harnesses the energy of rushing water to generate electricity.

The construction of this power station was one of New Zealand's greatest engineering achievements, with the majority of the work completed underground in a remote location. The only external signs are the above-ground control building, a switchyard and two sets of transmission lines that loop across the head of the lake on their way to join the national grid. 

A visit to the Manapouri Underground Power Station begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri. You will then travel by coach down a 2km (1.2 miles) spiral tunnel to view the immense underground machine hall and learn the story behind this power station.

A visit to the Manapouri Underground Power Station is normally part of the Doubtful Sound daytime excursion.  However, access may not always be possible.

Picnic lunch options  (must be pre-ordered)
Te Anau coach connections and courtesy transfers from most accommodation
Suitable for all ages

Specials

 "20% Multi Saver" on selected excursions!
  Kids Go FREE on selected departures during NZ School Holidays!

Specials will automatically be applied to your booking - details of the savings are shown on your booking summary prior to final payment.


Manapouri Underground Power Station - from Manapouri

Season: Nov - Apr, daily departures
Duration: 3 - 4 hrs
1 Nov 2013 - 31 Mar 2014
Departs: 12.30pm
Prices from: $75 adult / $22 child
1 Apr 2014 - 30 Apr 2014
Departs: 12noon
Prices from: $75 adult / $22 child

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Calendar
Please note:

  • Access to the power station may not always be possible and we reserve the right to re-schedule the excursion
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • PLEASE NOTE: Manapouri Underground Power Station is CLOSED for maintenance for at least 9 months from 1 Nov 2014 - 31 Jul 2015. Trips will NOT operate next season and only recommence the following year on 1 Nov 2015.

Coach & Manapouri Underground Power Station & Coach - from Te Anau

Season: Nov - Apr, daily departures
Duration: 5 - 6 hrs
1 Nov 2013 - 31 Mar 2014
Departs: 11.30am
Prices from: $85 adult / $27 child
1 Apr 2014 - 30 Apr 2014
Departs: 11am
Prices from: $85 adult / $27 child

Find Availability and Prices
Calendar
Please note:

  • Access to the power station may not always be possible and we reserve the right to re-schedule the excursion
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • PLEASE NOTE: Manapouri Underground Power Station is CLOSED for maintenance for at least 9 months from 1 Nov 2014 - 31 Jul 2015. Trips will NOT operate next season and only recommence the following year on 1 Nov 2015.




What to bring:

Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.

Real Journeys also operates Doubtful Sound cruises (day and overnight), Milford Sound cruises (day and overnight) and Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

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