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Enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout filled Waiau River to the serene Lake Manapouri. Step foot into ancient beach forests and learn all about this unique location among Fiordland National Park.
Your journey begins with an exhilarating jet boat ride down the Waiau river. A picturesque spot, the Waiau river is lined by ancient beech tree forest and is the Anduin River; the great river of Middle Earth as featured in the opening scene from The Lord of the Rings! Get the inside-story on The Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the crazy logistics involved in filming.
Experience the thrill and excitement as you cruise down the powerful, surging, Waiau River. Stop in some quiet and tranquil spots to soak up the amazing surrounds, spot a few trout, and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history.
Suddenly, find yourself out on the breath-taking Lake Manapouri. Surrounded by mountains that have been carved by snow and ice over centuries, experience a sense of wonderment as you gaze at the magnificent mountains and sit in awe of their sheer beauty.
Get a taste of adventure as you explore the ancient surrounds with your guide. Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. Step back in time as you experience prehistoric crown ferns and ancient, native beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years! Learn about indigenous Maori culture and the early pioneers of European history in New Zealand.
This experience is part of the Responsible Range as it was awarded a Qualmark Enviro-Gold award.
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A minimum of two adults are required for the tour to proceed.
All trips subject to weather conditions
Please wear sensible shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended Warmer layers / beanie are advised in colder weather
This experience departs from Te Anau.