Overlooking Calm Bay, a small area of Lake Manapouri in the heart of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.
Manapouri is Maori for "sorrowful heart", though this name is misapplied due to an early cartographical error (the real Lake Manapouri was North Mavora Lake, which lies some distance to the east). Local Maori called Lake Manapouri Moturau, which means "many islands". The lake contains over 30 islands – the four shown here are Buncrana, Rona, Isolde and Holmwood.
Manapouri is New Zealands 2nd deepest lake at 444m, covers an area of 142 km², has a maximum length of 28km and a shoreline of approximately 170km.
The Waiau River is both a natural inflow and outlet for the lake, flowing into the northeast of the lake from Lake Te Anau, 20 kilometres to the north, and flowing out from Manapouri's southeastern end. The lake's catchment is also largely served by the slopes of the Kepler Mountains, Turret Range and Hunter Mountains which surround all but the eastern shore of the lake.