Lake Marian Falls Track

Lake Marian Falls Track - Hollyford Road

Lake Marian Falls Track

Hollyford Road


5 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

12 Milford Sound - Fiordland National Park

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Walker crossing the Hollyford River


720 m return | 20 minutes return

Some impressive boardwalks are bolted to the rock walls, suspending you above the torrent draining Lake Marian above. Mosses, ferns and forest smother everything in green and the spray makes everything look illuminated.


1 km down the Lower Hollyford Road, there is a small parking area on the left by the start of the track.


Cross the swingbridge over the Hollyford River and walk 10 minutes to the cantilevered gantries above a rushing section of Marian Creek. This section of track is well-metalled and of even footing.

The track continues past here to Lake Marian, a much tougher walk. Return via the same track from where the wooden structures end.

European History

Lake Marian was named by surveyor E.H Wilmot after his cousin Marian Little.


Feature Value Info


South IslandFiordlandMilford Sound - Fiordland National Park


  • Walking
  • Free


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Andrew Hammond


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely short walk to some nice falls. Definitely worth a detour off the Milford Road

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Anke Vater


Ranking: 9/10

Quite nice walk through the rainforest along waterfalls.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

Short 30 minute walk but the best! Magic forest and waterfall.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Sandra Frischmann


Ranking: 9/10

We liked it a lot!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Harry Findeis


Ranking: 10/10

Great walk for free.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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