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Lake Marian Meander, Southland

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Lake Marian MeanderIntermediate

Submitted by Andre Chalmers

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Te Anau

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:05 (Fast)



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A very cool technical trail that is 100% runnable for an intermediate to advanced runner. By starting at the Milford Road you get a nice little warm up before you hit the hard stuff, it also allows you to have a nice little no thinking run at the end so by the time you get back to your car you'll be ecstatic.
If you're really keen it is very common for people to swim at Lake Marian and boy is it refreshing, I jumped straight in as soon as I got to her, and stayed in for 5 minutes, but this is a very cold glacial lake, hence why I suggest you carry some thermals to warm yourself up post swim.

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Features of interest

There are many cool trails outside of the Great Walks on the Milford Road, and this is one of these.
The key point of interest is the lake itself

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 25%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 25%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Easy to find go straight to the carpark on your right on the Milford Road once you get to the Hollyford Track road turnoff.

    By parking by the Milford Road you are guaranteed a park and plenty of space to get yourself geared up. You can do the shorter option of going to the Lake Marian carpark but that would make it too easy and won't count towards you knocking the meander off....
    You probably have to self drive though you could hitchhike if your really keen.

    87 km

    69 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Head down the Hollyford Road, once you get to The Lake Marian Track head over the bridge on the left.
    The track is reasonably well marked and pretty clear if you slow down and look around.
    The main areas you might get confused are several spots where there is two paths however they all link up again,
    so it will be hard to get lost. A few times at the creek crossing the path heads straight up through the trees so keep your eyes peeled.


    Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Plenty of water here, no issues whatsoever. Either get water from Lake Marian itself or from Marian Creek.

    Generally runnable all year around, but in winter I seriously don't recommend you go for swim in the lake!

    This is quite a technical track to run the main thing to look out for is rocks and tree roots so be sure of your footing, and keep an eye out for overhanging branches where you may knock your head if you're not careful.

  • Post run indulgence

    Sandfly Cafe Te Anau
    9 The Ln, Te Anau 9600
    For a coffee or a light snack head to this busy café when you get back to Te Anau. Then pop across to the supermarket over the road and grab a beer or wine for post run celebrations!

    Redcliff Cafe
    12 Mokonui St,Te Anau, Fiordland 9600
    Nice spot well known by the locals. Head here for a beer or a full dinner, great atmosphere.

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