Real Journeys Manapouri Underground Power Station

Closed until further notice

Real Journeys Manapouri Underground Power Station

*Closed until further notice*

The Manapouri Underground Power Station, at West Arm, is considered New Zealand’s greatest engineering feat. It is the country’s largest hydroelectric power station and is unique in that nearly all of it is built underground.

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 arm on their way to join the national grid.

Take a fascinating tour of the Manapouri Underground Power Station. The tour takes you on a cruise across Lake Manapouri, to the visitors centre. Then on to a short coach trip underground through a spiral tunnel to the machine hall where you will learn about the workings and construction of the power station.

Activity Options

Manapouri Underground Power Station

  • Cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri – a stunning lake renowned for its numerous islands and deserted beaches
  • At the visitor centre, view fascinating interpretation displays on Fiordland National Park and power station construction
  • Enjoy a coach trip down the 2 kilometre (1.2 miles) underground spiral tunnel to the immense machine hall
  • You will learn how the Manapouri Power Station, located deep in the heart of the mountain, harnesses the energy of rushing water to generate electricity

Manapouri Underground Power Station departing Manapouri

  • November to April: 1.30 pm

Coach-Manapouri Underground Power Station-Coach departing Te Anau

  • November to April: 1.00 pm


  • Lunch options available, must be pre ordered: Deluxe Picnic Lunch and Picnic Lunch


  • Manapouri Underground Power Station departing Manapouri: 3-4 hours
    Coach-Manapouri Underground Power Station-Coach departing Te Anau: 5-6 hours

Other Information

  • Check in 20 minutes prior to departure time
  • Suitable for all ages
  • What to bring: Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater- fleece jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.


Manapouri Underground Power Station trips depart the Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri, otherwise if taking the coach option, pick-ups are available from most Te Anau accommodation.