Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park NZ

A really spectacular alpine lake is your reward at the end of the short but sometimes rough Lake Marian Track in Fiordland National Park.

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park

I was excited to visit Lake Marian on our first walking trip to Fiordland, as I’d seen some pretty epic photos of it. I suppose I had high expectations, but that still doesn’t prepare you for the scale and beauty of the place – it really is wonderful. We had planned our visit to coincide with rare clear skies, but I think the area would look great in any weather with visibility. (An Instagram follower said so anyway). The lake is the highlight of course, but on the way up the wild and scenic Marian Creek will also capture your attention.

It’s not such a long walk to get up there, and hence a lot of people will probably join you on the walk. It’s not a stroll however, so only the more motivated holiday makers will make the effort, and hence I doubt there will ever be queues to get up. Track notes at the end.

Lake Marian Track: The Scenery

Prepare yourself for many subtly different photos of the same lake! I felt compelled to include all the various angles I took. 

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
The Hollyford River
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Hollyford River
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Marian Creek

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Sometimes I like the aesthetic of dead trees.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
My first shot of many of Lake Marian. It was a nice lake.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Sophia hamming it up lakeside.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
A panorama of Lake Marian.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Starting to walk up the shore here.

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
As far as we went along the shore.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Such great colours.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Sophia celebrating the views.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Such epic scenery.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
The track is fairly well formed to these viewing areas on Marian Creek. It gets rougher afterwards.
Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
Must get a bit stormy!

Track Notes

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
The track starts off nicely constructed but gets rougher later on. Fine for any able bodied person however. We walked around the lake shore for a while which gets you different angles on the lake and surrounding mountains, and also gets away from most of the people congregating at the south-eastern end.

The track starts off nicely constructed but gets rougher later on. Fine for any able bodied person however. Apparently it can get a bit muddy. We walked around the lake shore for a while which gets you different angles on the lake and surrounding mountains, and also gets away from most of the people congregating at the south-eastern end. It’ll take about 2.5 hours for the return trip, but plan to spend some time frolicking by the lake’s edge, or even take a swim in the bracing water. 

Lake Marian Track, Fiordland National Park
A roadside lookout near the start of the track, just down from The Divide car park. The Lower Hollyford Valley, Ailsa and Serpentine mountain ranges.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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