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About Ultimate Hikes
The only operators of multiday guided walks on the famous Milford & Routeburn Tracks: operating in New Zealand's stunning World Heritage Area, providing a range of all-inclusive guided walks from 1-8 days. Trek through rainforests, past mountain peaks and over remote alpine passes on a unique experience without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Accommodation on overnight walks is in luxury lodges, with meals, hot showers and snug beds. All walks include transport, food, equipment and expert guides. Single day excursions must be booked 24 hours in advance.
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pacificgun wrote a review Mar 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand38 contributions12 helpful votes
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Just walked the Milford Track with Ultimate Hikes. Highly recommended using them. It is well worth the cost. We didn’t have the greatest weather which make it a very hard walk so I would suggest to be very prepared, we thought we were but in the end we needed more prep, it might of been different if the weather wasn’t so bad. Of course we got to see plenty of waterfalls. The Lodges, the staff, the food are all high class. The over all experience was magical.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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kristabel2016 wrote a review Mar 2021
Napier, New Zealand2040 contributions169 helpful votes
I have just walked the Routeburn Track with UH and prior to that had been booked to walk the Milford Track twice but, unfortunately, had to cancel twice. So I have had quite a lot of communication back and forth with UH over the last 3+ years and they are great communicators always replying to e-mails in a timely and very helpful manner. It was nice to finally meet some of the crew on our recent walk and everything I'd heard about being really well fed was absolutely true...we gained a bit of weight on our walk...cooked breakfasts/amazing lunches and 3 course dinners will do that!!! We knew there was a bar each evening but hadn't realised how good the selection of high quality wines would be...kudos UH....we were super impressed in this regard as well. The lodges were great and the drying rooms a God-send. I cannot think of anything worse than getting absolutely soaked through and then staying in a DOC hut for the night where there are no hot showers and no decent way of drying wet gear that you have to get into the next day. If you want to truly enjoy your walk and have the means to do so, go with UH....having experienced their expertise and hospitality we definitely felt it was money well spent. Do be aware that, even with UH, you do still need to carry all your own personal gear for the duration of the walk (approx 5-7kg depending on how light you can pack). Our guides were fantastic...all women. On the 2nd day I had some issues (fear around the track terrain and fear of falling) and Lara stuck by me all day keeping me encouraged and safe. Between her and my husband I don't think I could have completed the second day which was the hardest part of the track (a mental challenge for me rather than a physical one) and we had terrible weather and walked approx 8-9km of the 11km in water. See my seperate review of the track. We are yet to walk the Milford...that is on the list for next year and I can't wait to do this with UH
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Date of experience: March 2021
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SCJM wrote a review Mar 2021
Waikanae, New Zealand86 contributions86 helpful votes
Did the Grand Traverse 6 day tramp, to have a longer walk but with the luxuries of lodges. The guides (John,John and Libby) were friendly and knowledgeable, and great at fixing broken boots! :-) Our chef for the first three days, Jo, was just amazing. The food was very high standard throughout the trip, with snacks on arrival at each lodge, very filling breakfasts (choice of cooked brekkie every day, plus cereals, toast etc) and 3 course dinners with wine and beer that would put some restaurants to shame. The first couple of nights are in shared rooms but still very nice, the last couple of days we had a double room with ensuite, which was great. Very comfy beds, and heaters to keep us cosy. Having the clothes washing facilities and drying rooms was a god send as we got absolutely soaked on day 4 - the hot shower on arrival was fantastic. Highly recommend this company - yes it's expensive, but definitely worth the money.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Kiwimtb wrote a review Mar 2021
5 contributions3 helpful votes
Group of four walked the routeburn track with this company. Great trip. Really helpful guides, luxurious accommodation, lovely food. Be hard to go back to DoC huts after this. Highly recommend this company. Our guides were Pip, Blake and John.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Fionn P wrote a review Mar 2021
Wellington, New Zealand9 contributions
As one of many Kiwis this summer who decided to "do something new, New Zealand", I chose to walk the Milford Track. Our friendly group ranged from experienced hikers to those of us (like me!) who had done little hiking in the past and/or were new to multi day walks. A reasonable standard of fitness is required and Ultimate Hikes' excellent website was a great place to start with advice about preparation, gear and what to expect. The journey itself was very well organised with regular briefings, especially on the day torrential rain delayed our start. The lodges are fabulous - hotel quality accommodation and food in the middle of some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. Our guides - Susan, Sophie, Bonnie and Tilly - were outstanding, with a wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna and the track itself as well as endless patience, encouragement and enthusiasm. The challenging Mackinnon Pass took me outside my comfort zone and I couldn't have done it without the wonderful Tilly - but do it I did! It goes without saying that the Milford Track takes you through some of the most majestic scenery in our beautiful country and I will never forget it. Whatever your level of experience, walking with Ultimate Hikes ensures someone else takes care of all the details, allowing you the freedom to concentrate solely on this Great Walk itself.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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