Lake Marian

Image: Colin Bishop | DOC


Enjoy this tramping track from Hollyford Road (off Milford Road) to beautiful Lake Marian - an alpine lake in a beautiful hanging valley.

Track overview

3.1 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

20 min return to falls, 3 hr return to lake Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

Do not walk around the lake edge during the snow/avalanche season (winter and spring).

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From the Lake Marian carpark, cross the swingbridge and continue to the spectacular series of waterfalls (after 10 minutes). 

From the falls, the track becomes steep and sometimes muddy during the ascent to Lake Marian (1.5 hours).

Lake Marian is an alpine lake in a hanging valley formed by glacial action, in one of the most beautiful settings in Fiordland. The lake is above the bush line and is surrounded by mountains with magnificent reflections if the weather is calm.

Getting there

The track begins from the Lake Marian carpark, which 1 km down the unsealed Hollyford Road.

To find the Hollyford Road, turn off from the Milford Road (SH94) at Marian Corner, a few minutes towards Milford Sound from The Divide.

Marian Corner is about 87 km along the Milford Road from Te Anau.

Know before you go

Beyond the waterfalls this is a tramping track so you will need good fitness and moderate to high level backcountry (remote areas) skills and experience, including navigation and survival skills.


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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