Hike to Lake Marian

New Zealand Lake Marian Trailhead

Added by Lauren Schusterman

Lake Marian is and extremely beautiful alpine lake a great hike on the drive into Milford Sound. If you hike this on a warm day, it's not a bad place to go for a (very cold) swim.

The track starts soon after the turnoff onto Hollyford Rd off the Milford Highway. The track begins with a bridge crossing over a river and then soon reached Marian Falls. From the falls the trail climbs steeply through forest until the lake. The lake is a beautiful place to spend several hours and then return via the same track. The track is covered in roots and rocks and requires care as to avoid falling.

A quicker version of the hike would be a quick 20 minute walk to the falls.

Pack List

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Bathing suit (if you would like to swim in the lake)
  • Warm clothing
  • Bug spray
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1312.3 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall

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3 months ago

Everything New Zealand Can Offer In A Single Hike

Lake Marian was an afterthought addition to my New Zealand hike itinerary. Very glad it was added in since it is now one of my favorite hikes ever. A lush green forest opening up into an alpine lake- everything you'd want - and expect - from New Zealand all wrapped up into one.

3 months ago

Added by Lauren Schusterman

College student at UCLA. Born and raised in Boulder, CO. In love with the outdoors and all it has to offer.

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