The Lake2Lake Trail


The Lake2Lake trail runs alongside Lake Te Anau and the East side of the Waiau river towards Lake Manapouri.

Trail Info

The Lake2Lake trail runs alongside Lake Te Anau and the East side of the Waiau river towards Lake Manapouri. The total length to Manapouri will be 28km. The first 19km from Te Anau to Balloon Loop and last 4.7km from Manapouri to Supply Bay Road is now open for walkers, runners, cyclists and any other non-motorised transport (e-bikes welcome). The trail is mostly 2.2-2.5m wide and is rated “Grade 2 Easy”.

The trail can be used in both directions or people can make a loop by returning on Golf Course Road or the Te Anau-Manapouri Highway.
A 41km loop can be created up Mt York Road and along Ramparts Road, past the lookout, returning to town via the Te Anau-Mossburn Highway.

The trail begins at the Department Of Conservation visitor centre and heads along Lake Te Anau to the control gates at the start of the Waiau River, a stretch of 4km.  The control gates are the entry to Fiordland National Park and the Kids Restore the Kepler Project. This section offers magnificent vistas over Lake Te Anau to the Fiordland mountains, has several rest areas and is well away from any road.

Leg 2 travels 6.4km along the upper Waiau River from the Control Gates to Queens Reach, a popular access point to the Waiau River.

Leg 3 continues another 6.4km from Queens Reach to the Rainbow Reach car park. This link enables runners or walkers to loop back to the control gates by crossing the swing bridge and heading back along the Kepler Track.

Leg 4 continues along the Waiau River to Balloon Loop Road providing another vehicle access point to the trail or return loop option for cyclists.  It is 2km.

Leg 5 is awaiting approval from the Department of Conservation for construction.  Currently users have to ride along the Te Anau-Manapouri Highway for approximately 4km.

Leg 6 is 4.7 km between Supply Bay Road and Manapouri, giving views over Lake Manapouri to its many islands and mountains beyond.

Overall the trail offers a natural, highly scenic and safe recreational experience that will cater for a wide range of users. The trail is built to grade 2 i.e. “easy” by NZ Cycle Trail standards (0-3.5% gradient for 95% of length; 2.2m wide etc.)

Cycle Trail
open year round

The Lake2lake Trail is not an alpine trail so is not normally effected by snow in the winter.
It is a great trail for all ages and all abilities and there are a number of options to enjoy the trail

Great Rides App

Details of the trail can also be found on the Great Rides App under “Bonus Rides”

Once a trail is downloaded it can work offline:
– to track your position along the trail using your phone’s GPS
– shows the key stops with web links, photos, and descriptions
– provides information about trails section with elevation profiles
– identifies bike services to help you along your great ride
– making a great riding guide with trail information all in one place