Lake Marian Guided Day Walk

Venture into the Mountain Divide

The Lake Marian guided walk allows you to enjoy a lesser-known Fiordland track with an experienced, friendly local guide.  Enjoy a day hike amongst native forest and raw alpine scenery in the heart of New Zealands' South Island mountain divide. Your effort is well-rewarded, with a panoramic view at the top of this beautiful glacial carved, hanging valley.

Lake Marian

Lake Marian is located in a classic hanging valley

We begin our journey with a spectacular scenic drive along the Milford Road to the Lower Hollyford, the starting point for the guided walk to Lake Marian. En route there are opportunities for short nature walks and photographic stops. The hike starts with a gentle walk alongside a spectacular series of waterfalls, then steepens and becomes quite rocky underfoot as we ascend through a lush forest of fuchsia, ribbon wood and beech trees.

With a maximum of 6 walkers your friendly Trips and Tramps guide will share information and stories about the natural and human heritage of Fiordland. Stops for photographs, bird-watching and enjoying the scenery are regularly made along the way ensuring a pleasurable, easy-going climb. Hot drinks and energy snacks are carried by the guide, and a wilderness tea break is made available as required.

Marian Gantry alongside the river

The delightful Marian Gantry takes us alongside the river

After walking 2-3 hours, Lake Marian, our stunning alpine destination, is reached. This beautiful lake is surrounded by a hanging valley bordered by steep, snow clad mountains. As weather allows, we enjoy a picnic lunch and relax in this magnificent alpine amphitheatre.

When the group is ready, we make a leisurely decent back down the track to the Hollyford Road and then travel back to Te Anau by coach.

Trip Add-ons

Add a tasty picnic lunch to take with you.

Or upgrade to a private guided walk.