Lake Marian Track
Lake Marian is an extraordinary, little-known slice of paradise located off the Milford Road. Cradled by the Alisa Mountains, the lake sits in a ‘hanging’ valley once carved by glaciers and is framed by snow-capped mountains. From its shores you can often hear the roar of avalanches in the distance. Lake Marian is the remote, untamed New Zealand you came to see, and is reached by a moderate-grade track via 4-5 hour return hike.
The trail itself is well-formed but can be rocky in sections. Combined with a 400m elevation gain, this hike is very much worth the effort – the panoramic views of this beautiful lake and hanging valley are picture-postcard, and not often seen by others. On a sunny day in the summer months a quick dip can be refreshing (the lake is fed by glaciers, so it’s very chilly, but a great way to cool off).
With your Trips & Tramps guide, you’ll enjoy stories and insights about the human and natural history of Fiordland. Stop to spot rare birds, soak up the scenery and take photos on the way. You’re in the best of hands, and you’ll love our local kiwi hospitality.