Lyvia River Cascades


Lyvia River Cascades

Lyvia River Cascades are located on the Lyvia River, along the way to the Doubtful Sound, the biggest New Zealand fiord. Accessible via a Doubtful Sound Cruise.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S  45° 29' 9.5058" E 167° 10' 6.6324"
Parking: Waiau St, Manapouri
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Cruise
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 8hrs 

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 5m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


There is no way for private cars to drive directly to Doubtful Sound (like you can do for Milford Sound), so Doubtful Sound Cruise, either full day or overnight, needs to be booked from Te Anau or Queenstown. The cruise consists of a bus tour from Te Anau/Queenstown up to Manapouri Lake, then a boat tour crossing the Manapouri Lake, then (optional) a guided tour to the underground power station, then again bus through the Wilmot Pass, and at the end you'll do 2 hours or overnight cruise by boat along the Doubtful Sound.

Lyvia River Cascades are unofficially named cascades located on the Lyvia River. The cascades are seen from Wilmot Pass Road, a couple of minutes before arriving to Doubtful Sound. Tours buses usually stop there to allow everyone to enjoy a view of the cascades and to take photos.


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


The lagest fiord in New Zealand, Doubtful Sound is a paradise for waterfalls/mountains/ocean lovers. Also you might be lucky to see seals and bottlenose dolphins! 

The journey to the Doubtful Sound is quite a different from the Milford Sound ones. With no direct road access, the only way you can to get to Doubtful Sound is by a cruise across Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass.

One of the best multi-days track starts almost at Doubtful Sound - Dusky Track.  Challenging 6-8 days track is recommended for experienced trampers only. You will see one of the most remote big fiord in New Zealand - Dusky Sound.


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