Lake Marian Track

Lake Marian Track

Hollyford Road - Fiordland National Park

Reviews

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Nicki Chow

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The walk was hard at times and pretty muddy in some spots but worth it at the end. Lake Marian is beautiful and fun to take a dip in after so make sure you bring swimwear. Water was a bit chilly!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Davina

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful !! I was a bit ill at the time so I found the walk up hill quite hard, but it didn’t take very long and was totally worth it. Stunning. We walked into the bush a bit past the immediate beach to find our own private area. There’s a toilet up there too. I can imagine it could get a bit cramped if you went at a peak hour as there’s not loads of space for people to be there. But so lush for a short walk

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Kay Simpkin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting walk/occasional scramble through the forest to an alpine lake. Time is right and you will have the place all to yourself.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Matthew

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Just before the Homer Tunnel on the way to Milford Sound this track follows a flowing river before climbing to a stunning alpine lake. While the track is uphill and bumpy in places, it should be achievable for most and is worth the effort. Take swimming shorts in summer.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Justine Langero

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk of two hours until the lake, some difficult part on the way with trees on the way.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Anna

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk, well marked. Fun scrambling over the rocks to the top. Fantastic views of the lake and waterfalls at the top. Very peaceful.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Joerg

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely stunning, even with rain. Do it!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Celine

France

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk in the bush to reach the lake, beautiful colour, beautifull waterfall and an enjoyable walk.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Michael L

France

Ranking: 9/10

Far from touristic Milford Sound, we have done a walk through bush and near beautiful waterfall to an isolated lake. As usual, the colour of the lake was splendid.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Kristin Pogue

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Rooty, wet tramp to a tranquil alpine lake.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stephen Timko

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Steep hike up to the beautiful alpine lake. The rapids/waterfall in the middle of the journey is astounding!! Only issue was that some areas of the trail were flooded, so we had to do some 'creative' stream crossings.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Christian Bobsu

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The forest, the walk over a bridge, awesome view above the lake, not many places to sit down, good signs.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Molly Bogeberg

United States

Ranking: 9/10

After a walk along a raised track almost on top of raging rapids, the trail crossed a few streams and then climbed up a steep rocky mountain to Lake Marian. It was beautiful!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Pascale Lemieux

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

First thing to know if you are going to Milford Sound for hikes is do not drive all the way to the information centre past the Homer Tunnel, you should stop at the Divide, most of the walks are there. Lake Marian view is not worth it when raining as not much visibility.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sarah Boettcher

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice track for average sporty people, track starts at a swingbridge, goes on through rainforest, some steep sections, takes about 4-5 and ends at Lake Marian, a big blue lake between mountains.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ben and Pauline

France

Ranking: 7/10

Fantastic lake, it was worth it to do the hard walk.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Joaquin Gruffat

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

The track is three hours, but always in the shade of a beautiful forest and find the lake, totally worth it.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jorge Gonzoleis

Colombia

Ranking: 7/10

A bit hard. The track to get there was hard but finally really worth it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Konstantin Bücheler

Ranking: 9/10

Hard and steep walk. Amazing view, not too many people.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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magdalena gomez haedo

Uruguay

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful track and really isolated. We did it in winter and the snow came through to our knees. Amazing experience, especially when you get to the lake.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Yaiv Cohen

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

An easy track compared to the view you get at the end of it. One of the better spots I have encountered in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Hannes Puediger

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Walk to a beautiful lake. Views are awesome. Do not forget your swim suit and go for a jump in the lake, it is refreshing.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Oliver Andres

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Short walk about 5km with lake and the mountains at the end. Really beautiful and nice to have an ice cold bath.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Oliver Pester

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk, but quite challenging. Made it in 2h return. Totally worth it.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Manuela Opprecht

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome day including a refreshing bath in the lake. Just amazing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Anja Weppler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great little lake in the mountains - just amazing!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Jonas Hessel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The best day - walk! The walk is not so easy but the view and the Lake are awesome.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jan-Peter Stripp

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing walk to a beautiful mountain lake!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Sheila Galpin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Hard scramble to reach lake at the top but worth the climb for fantastic view, especially if sunny.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Alex

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Well worth adding to your trip to Key Summit. This is a much tougher track than the stroll to Key Summit but it isn't that hard and if you've got the time, it's worth adding to your itinerary.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Leandra Thiele

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

This track took me to my limits! Loved it but the destination of this track was not really worth it.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Daryl

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I enjoyed this. Lake is very beautiful on a clear day.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Wouter Bosch

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Nice 3 hour return trek, very steep at the some places, with a really nice refreshing dip in Lake Marian ! Make sure you go for a swim.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Thomas Roche

France

Ranking: 10/10

Rocky track. You need an hour and a half to reach peaceful Lake Marion.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Emmanuelle Brevier

France

Ranking: 8/10

Stunning view surrounded by mountains and wonderful reflections in the lake. Very peaceful place. The track offers a nice walk in the bush (steep and muddy) but less crowded than the key summit track.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Kellie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

It took a bit longer than the 3 hours to complete as there were many slips and boggy patches but well worth the clamber up. Stunning location with snowy mountains dropping into a crystal clear lake.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Daniel McAlpine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Took longer than the advertised time. Well worth the walk. Nearby key summit (part of Routeburn) worth checking out. KMs take longer than advertised, 4hr/2hr respectively.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Cuz da Maori

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Steep, rugged, intrepid, worth the effort! Go prepared for changes in weather though as Marian creek can turn from a creek to a raging torrent.
A brilliant spot to pitch your tent overnight for a nice sunrise, or on a hot day (in Fiordland.. lol) be sure to dip your toes in the water or if you're game enough... have a swim!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2007

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Pia Pitkala

Finland

Ranking: 9/10

Challenging enough hike with an amazing destination. Definitely worth the hike, especially on a warm and sunny summer day.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Alexander Mukasa

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Steep but nice 3 hour walk.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tanja Schlagermann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very natural walk with a nice lake at the end - 3 hours return.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Elizabeth Stenhouse

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A tough climb in places not for the faint hearted but well worth it. The lake was beautiful, advise going on a clear day as low cloud did not lift and the true spectacle could not be appreciated.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Jessica Grewe

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very hard but the Lake Marian is a beautiful place.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Lydia Kleinkoenen

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome tracks, fantastic lake, very clear and blue, between the mountains.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very hard but there are just a few other people so you feel like you are alone. Beautiful lake at the end.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Patrick

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A long track but at the end you can swim in an awesome lake!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Katharina Littlemann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Everything was perfect, especially the view, but the track itself should be improved.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jonathan Vondette

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Unbelievable glacier lake..... stunning. Difficult hike in poor conditions however, worth the hike!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Leticia Martin

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent hike that wanders through a thick rainforest and ends up on Lake Marian, a beautiful glacier lake.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Meryem Buchwitz

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Walk was a bit dangerous, very steep.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jaap & Susanne

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Short track, beautiful forest, great waterfalls, no too long.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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DJohnson

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Our best view of the whole trip. Well worth the climb, only 1.5 hours of steep stuff. Snow along the track in last 300metres. This is great time of year to go (mid Sept) as the snow in the valley looked spectacular. Saw and heard 3 small avalanches much further up the valley

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Sophie Burge

Hong Kong

Ranking: 9/10

3 hrs, difficult in places due to loose rocks, Well worth it when you reach lake Marian. Beautiful.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Jacob

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk, very nice reward at the end. 3 hours, 1/2 hour steep climbing then back.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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K Dahmer

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful view. Difficult uphill climb - really enjoyed it.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Matthias & Ceristiane

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really challenging because of climbs - but the view was great!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Nicky and Andy Prescott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Steep 1 1/2 hr climb but SO worth it! Crystal clear lake surrounded by snowy mountains, totally isolated. Plus it's warm enough to swim in!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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JanW

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A natural track with a lot to see. Lake Marian is worth the trip.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Christian Moll

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

it's not easy to walk (good footwear), nice location (rainforest, waterfalls), nice view at lake Marian (mountains, surroundings) 3 hours return

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Jann Clar

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely breathtaking beautiful medium trekking fantastic view at the top lovely falls at the bottom 20min walk for people who don't walk often.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Matthiis & Femke

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Lake Marian falls.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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eric14

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What a top walk!! It is a pretty steep walk of about 75-85 mins uphill to the Lake which is in a Hanging valley. The first part is along a roaring river though and is worth doing that first board walk part if you only have moderate fitness.

Once you get to the lake you can sit down and relax and enjoy the view or go for a walk over to the disappearing waterfall, or go for a swim or do a lap of the lake (that might take a while).

The best part I thought was hearing and watching the avalanches fall at the lake...amazing. Leave yourself about 5 hours to do the walk, have a rest and explore the lake. If you are in a hurry you could get there and back in two and a half hours.

Watch out for the resident carpark Kea!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago