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Lake Marian Track

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"This moderately challenging 3.8 mile round trip trek promises a perfect blend of alpine scenery and lush rainforest. Situated right off Milford Road, the Lake Marian Track is accessible from the Hollyford Valley viewpoint, providing a picturesque starting point for your journey as you immediately cross a bridge over piercing blue glacial rivers. After you cross the first bridge, you start heading up some gradual elevation through the forest. About a quarter way through, you’ll reach the roaring waterfalls on your right hand side. They are beautiful blue falls, but PLEASE be careful here and only stick to the boardwalk. Don’t wander of trail. The rapids are so strong and you can easily slip and fall in. Don’t put your life at risk for photos and keep an eye on your kids. Make sure to wear really supportive hiking shoes, as this trail has a lot of hiking over tree roots and rocks, as well as treading through mud. We’d also recommend packing some bug repellent, layers, and swimsuits if you decide to make the cold plunge into Lake Marian!"
"A gorgeous 6km hike with 400m elevation gain through native bush. At the top you’ll reach an incredible alpine lake backed by mountains and a waterfall or two. There is some light root climbing involved and the elevation gain isn’t for the faint of heart. Aim for a clear day as we were barely able to see the view through the fog! But it does come and go so even on a foggy day make sure to try waiting out the weather at the lake."
"Hike through the rainforest! Path is clearly marked. 3 hours to the lake and back. Otherwise, 20 minutes to a viewpoint of falls. There’s a steep incline that requires some rock climbing."

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This 10 Day New Zealand South Island Van Life Itinerary is the accumulation of HOURS of planning and research and includes an interactive map, directions and exact GPS coordinates of where to camp, stops and things to do, hiking and trail data, links to the best activities, best photo spots and times of day to shoot, where we ate, optional trip add ons and more in the form of a 10 day adventure itinerary! This is a mobile friendly itinerary so you can use it throughout your trip in real time. This is the exact itinerary we used this year with optional add ons along the way, and it works for Spring, Summer and Fall trips. We took all of our experience from our summer trip to New Zealand and our mishaps/what we wish we knew and compiled everything into this guide. The best part is as we go back to New Zealand again in the future, you’ll get access to all of our new information as well since these guides are synced with live updates! You’ll have it for life and can access it any time. Follow this guide exactly (weather and conditions permitting) for a guaranteed amazing set of experiences and vistas! Or, combine our insights with your own research to craft the trip of your dreams. Tag us in the photos you take - we'd love to see your experience! @theloverspassport
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