Gateway to the southern part of Fiordland National Park
There are some great tramping tracks and day walks such as the Green Lake, North Borland, South Borland Loop, Mt Burns, Eldrig Peak or Burnt Ridge Track
A great area for mountain biking - bike the Borland Road to Borland Saddle (16 km) or continue into the Grebe Valley and down to South Arm on Lake Manapouri (42 km)
The Blackmount Community Heated Pool is open from Labour Weekend to Easter. Key available at camp
Lake Monowai has an open fishing season and can be enjoyed all year round. A boat launching ramp is sited at Lake Monowai Road end. Back country licenses are needed to fish in the Grebe Valley.
Lake Monowai, Lake Manapouri and their tributary rivers provide good trout fishing. Anglers need a current fishing licence and should note 1st November opening date for tributary rivers of Monowai and Manapouri.
Red deer are present throughout the area.
Hunting permits are issued from Department of Conservation offices in Invercargill and Te Anau. Hunting is not permitted within 200 metres of the Borland Road.
Invercargill - Monowai 1.5 hours
Monowai to Tuatapere 40 minutes via Southern Scenic Route
Monowai to Manapouri & Te Anau 45 minutes via Southern Scenic Route
Hunting, Fishing, Tramping, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Caving, & Boating. Escape to Southland’s Ultimate Getaway
Lake Monowai is a picturesque lake well known for its good fishing and hunting. It's a very popular spot for campers and trampers.
Spend some time visiting the rugged and unspoilt landscape.
Access to Lake Monowai, a great spot for boating, kayaking, and fishing.
Lake Monowai is a great place for fishing and hunting. The Lake contains large brown and rainbow trout and has a boat ramp.
Go mountain biking - there is also access to excellent tramping, hunting and amazing sightseeing. There are alot of excellent hikes in the area, including a six hour walk to Green Lake.
Check out the stunning views into Fiordland and east towards the Takitimu Mountains and the amazing weathered granite formations in the Mt Eldrig and Mt Titiroa areas.
In 1990 the outstanding natural values of the area earned it a place within Te Wahipounamu (the
place of greenstone) - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
Fiordland National Park is a popular place for hunting red deer, wapiti, possums and in certain areas, wild pigs and chamois.
Visit the Monowai Power Station which was opened 1 May 1925 and it still services the Southland District. It is one of the oldest and most scenic power stations in New Zealand.
Lake Monowai powers one of the South Island's oldest hydroelectric stations. It occupies a long, curved valley in the southern part of Fiordland National Park - on a map, the lake looks like the letter U. The lake level was raised by 2.5 metres in 1926 to make hydro-electric power production possible.
Lake Monowai was named be the surveyor-explorer James McKerrow who wrote the name of the lake as “Monowai”. The meaning of which is “channel full of water”