Lake Marian Track

Private Lake Marian Hike

A moody Lake Marian view offers some beautiful photos, Fiordland National Park

Explore in the heart of the main mountain divide

Get off the beaten path with a private walk to Lake Marian in the heart of Fiordland’s mountains.  If you have a sense of adventure and your fitness is good, then this walk privately guided is for you! 


  • 4hrs
  • 6km
  • 400m
  • Moderate-high
  • 8hr trip
  • 1-3 people from NZ$1025

Your local, private guide will meet you at your Te Anau accommodation and ensure you have everything you will need for a great day out.  We provide a kiwi style ‘tramping’ picnic lunch, plus can lend any gear you may requireWeather can be a factor on this walk, so we will make sure you are adequately prepared for the conditions which may be encountered 

Traveling along the Milford Road short scenic stops can be made as requested, that’s why a private trip is the best – we can tailor the day to meet your demands! 

Arriving at the Lower Hollyford we make our way to the start of the track, crossing an expansive swing bridge to access the trail.  Your guide is a wealth of knowledge and if you have any special interests, whether it be birds, geography or photography they can cater for this to ensure a most memorable day out. 

In places the trail can be rough underfoot and require some climbing, so you may choose to take it slow.  This is the beauty of choosing a private trip, you won’t be holding anyone up, so can just relax in the knowledge that the guide will be there for you and you can walk at your comfortable pace. 

At the top alongside the lake, enjoy the magnificent hanging valley in all its gloryYour guide will find a private spot, so you can enjoy a total wilderness experience. Then your guide will escort you back to the car park, before retracing your travel back to Te Anau by vehicle.  Enjoy this ultimate day with individual attention – so you can get the best experience. 

  • Te Anau
  • Marian Gantry
  • Lake Marian
  • Gunns Camp
  • Divide


A picnic lunch is included in your day, including a reusable water bottle.  If you have any dietary requirements for the lunch please let us know prior to the day so we can cater for these. Refreshments and hiking snacks will also be carried by your guide.


9.00 am Te Anau accommodation pick up

10.00 am Arrive Hollyford Valley, Marian Gantry Car park

Walk to Lake Marian and then retrace steps

4.00 pm Return to Car park

5.00 pm Te Anau accommodation

What to bring

We recommend you bring comfortable walking shoes, day pack containing warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, and camera on your guided walk. Walking poles are optional. We can provide a jacket and walking poles, please advise in advance if either of these are required. Note you will be required to carry your own lunch in your bag.

We Provide

A professional private hiking guide, all transport from Te Anau on a private basis, safety gear, hot drinks, picnic lunch and snacks.


A reasonable level of fitness and walking ability is required due to the 400-metre ascent and descent.  The track is rocky underfoot and uneven in sections so care is required, walking time is 3 to 5 hours. Suitable for children 10 years and over. On occasion, wet weather and cold conditions in the alpine area may make conditions more challenging.  We operate in most weather conditions, so guests need to be suitably prepared.

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