Day Walks around Te Anau

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Discover the spectacular Lake Marian in Fiordland, South Island on a guided New Zealand day hike. Tramp through forests and past waterfalls until you reach the impressive lake hidden in a glacial valley. With a maximum group size of 6 people, you can rest assured you will be walking at a pace you are comfortable with and get incredible insight from your local guide.

The fiordlands of New Zealand are like nowhere else on Earth and attract tens of thousands of tourists every year. Along with Milford and Doubtful Sounds, Hollyford Valley is one of the highlights of South Island and is a hotspot for hikers and nature lovers alike.

The tour starts from Te Anau, a small town surrounded by alpine roads and serene lakes. The town is considered by many to be the gateway to many of New Zealand’s tramping attractions, one of which being the scenic Lake Marian and its myriad of nature trails nestled deep in the heart of Lower Hollyford.

Lake Marian stretches across an impressive glacial valley. Standing at the edge and seeing the vast mountain range reflected in its mirror-like surface is a brilliant climax to a day of tramping.

Of course, arriving at the lake is only half the fun. The drive along Milford Road to the start point of the trek is majestic, with gorgeous alpine scenery flanking each side of the road. After arriving in Lower Hollyford, the walking begins and the tour guide couldn’t be more knowledgeable about the region. They know the best spots for photos and are happy to regale stories as you hike through the lush forests.

From the snow-covered Darran mountainsides to alpine waterfalls, the variety of things to see in just one day is astounding - a truly world-class walking trip!

The Lake Marian tour is an astonishing hike through paradise. The fiordlands of New Zealand are a must-see, and this guided hike takes you through some of the best bits. Two essentials for the trip: a camera and plenty of insect repellent!

A moderate level of fitness is required for this trip as it is a full day’s hike and you will encounter some steep slopes and rocky terrain. The maximum group size for the walk is 6 people, so you can rest assured that the walk will be at a comfortable pace and that there will be plenty of chances to stop and take in the views.

The only problem you may encounter is catching good weather – the fiordlands are incredibly wet and prone to storms all year round. Whatever the weather all you need is the right attitude to enjoy your day, and the ability to cast aside your usual interpretations of what is good and what is not. If you need some help with this then let your guide’s enthusiasm show the way.

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175 NZD (1 day) per person

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