Lake Marian Falls


Lake Marian Falls

Lake Marian Falls is a series of waterfalls located in the Fiordland National Park. The waterfalls themselves are more cascades rather than falls; however, they are spectacular, and the track is a very easy and well-maintained one.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 44° 48' 18.2046" E 168° 6' 1.8678"
Parking: Lower Hollyford Rd, Fiordland National Park
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 20min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 6m Type of the waterfall: Cataract



Walking and driving instructions


Lake Marian cascades are roughly a 1.5-hours’ drive away from Te Anau, or 3.5-hours’ from Queenstown. The road surface is always sealed.

From Te Anau follow Milford Rd (SH-94) for first 87km (1.5hrs), then turn right into Hollyford Rd (well signposted) and follow it for the next 1km until you reach a car park (signposted as well). There are no facilities there.

A well-maintained 20-minutes’ return Lake Marian Falls track (first part of Lake Marian Track) starts from the parking, then crosses the river via a swing-bridge and goes along the Marian Creek. Due to some stairs, the track is not suitable for wheelchairs.

The spectacular series of waterfalls appear in 7-10 minutes easy walk past the river crossing. The waterfalls are more cascades rather than real 'Fiordland' waterfalls; nevertheless, they are charming and photogenic.

Return via the same track (20-minutes return), or if you have enough time then continue on the Lake Marian Track up to the lake (3-hours return).


Waterfalls nearby (driving)


Attractions nearby


Milford Sound is a paradise for waterfalls/mountains/ocean lovers. Also, you may see seals and bottlenose dolphins! 

Milford Road is one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand and with a peak elevation of 940m, also one of the country's highest. 

There are plenty of tracks (from 1 minutes up to multi-days) nearby including 3 New Zealand Great Walks:

One of the most popular New Zealand multi-day track, Hollyford Track, starts almost from the same location, at the end of Hollyford Rd.


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