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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...more
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My husband and I walked the Milford Track as his birthday gift (experience) and it exceeded our expectations. The track was very wet and it rained for the first 2 days but this is normal for this time of year. If prepared this doesn’t bother....More
Well that was fun!
Our Routeburn Track walk threw everything at us!
We had 80km/h winds, torrential rain, sleet and bucketing snow.
I felt totally safe in the hands of our very capable guides, Hamish, Innes, Tom and Eilidh.
Having a helicopter take us over...More
Walking the Milford Track was to be a tick off my bucket list. This adventure did not disappoint. Gale force winds, heavy rain, hail and avalanches requiring helicopter transportation to a safe part of the track all added to the experience. Despite the challenges both...More
My wife and I just returned from our 3 day Routeburn Track trek with Ultimate Hikes. What an adventure it was. Without the help of our knowledgeable guides (Toby, Michael, Nina, and Kana) there is no way we could have completed this hike, especially considering...More
I have just finished the Routeburn track with ultimate hikes and what an amazing experience it has been . Fist week of the season and I must say we had it all- sun, rain, wind, sleet and a snowstorm . Not once did I feel...More
My partner and I have just completed the truly stunning and sometimes challenging Routeburn Track with Ultimate Hikes. The coordination by UH was first rate, as were the lodges and the food!!! Best of all were the UH staff, in particular Jason , Mitch and...More
This was an excellent trip from start to finish, from booking and administration, briefing, travel, guides, and accommodation and staff. The description provided is accurate, accommodation amazing, the team are young, fit, enthusiastic and well informed. The food and amenities were first class. Bonus for...More
Stunning scenery but sadly Ultimate Hikes so under delivered. First day is a good walk, it was April and snow on the tops and not warm. We were all looking forward to a warm hut but so disappointing as was freezing. There seemed to be...More
Noel S, General Manager at Ultimate Hikes, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018
Thank you for your comments on your Grand Traverse walk in April. We completely agree it was unacceptable that you were cold in the lodges, and the slippery surfaces should also have been addressed at the time. Communication, comfort and safety are our major priorities...More
We hiked again with Ultimate Hikes! It is hard to describe a stunning views your encounter every day in Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Park. Than, you add Ultimate’s great attention for details: unique accommodation, great selection of NZ food, kind and lovely young guides...More
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Me and my partner did the Milford track on the end of March and it was fun. We had rain most of our track and thanks to that we saw so many waterfalls. You can't really avoid rainy days when traveling... More
Me and my partner did the Milford track on the end of March and it was fun. We had rain most of our track and thanks to that we saw so many waterfalls. You can't really avoid rainy days when traveling Fiordland because it is one of the wettest place on Earth. Sometimes it might be inconvenient but trust me, it worth it. Just try to enjoy it! By the way, if it rains, there's no sandflies! That's an awesome advantage!
It was cold but after you start walking you get warm.
UH provides you backpacks and you need to carry with you most of the items you will need. Remember that at the hotels (I wouldn't call them dorms) you can wash and dry your laundry so pack only the things you must take. You don't need to pack towels, sheets, shampoo and soap because you'll find them at the hotels. Food or snacks will be provided as well. You'll need only one bottle of water because you can fill it up during day. On the Milford Track we had an option to send another bag that will be transferred to the last hotel at Milford Sound. Besides that you'll be carry everything. It's less heavy then you think 😀
The hotels are very safe and the food was amazing! There's veg option, just mention it on booking. My diet is gluten free and I had no issues at all. We had a double room and it was great. Felt like 4 stars hotel with hot showers, clean facility and great food.
I wouldn't take the rooms with the view because of the extra money - it gets dark early and you'll see nothing.
We didn't travel with kids. I would make sure they can walk for 7 hours a day. It's not a difficult hike, but it's not easy as well. Depends the track your doing. Milford track was moderate and most of our group was New Zealaners and they walk fast. We walked behind them most of the time. Not a bad thing because there was guide that traveled with us most of the hike.
It's going to be amazing for you! Just don't get the rain bother you too much. It's part of the hike. You'll get wet, but at the end of the day you'll have hot shower, good food and tons of beautiful memories. Enjoy.
Guides are very good at providing snacks and refreshment breaks (coffee, tea, water and juice) around mid morning and again at lunch. I took lots of extra water and never used it. Security is not really an issue... More
Guides are very good at providing snacks and refreshment breaks (coffee, tea, water and juice) around mid morning and again at lunch. I took lots of extra water and never used it. Security is not really an issue - everyone was kind and friendly. You can always stop at the Dollar store and buy an old fashioned rubber door-stop and jam that under your door at night. As the other person said, wash your clothes as soon as you arrive in camp, hang them in the drying room and pick them up right after dinner. My stuff was all "dry fit" and it worked out perfect - a couple of hours was all it took. Usually 3 guides, one for the faster hikers, one in the middle and one bringing up the rear - so pick your own comfortable pace and there will not be a problem with altitude or speed. Relax - you will have an outstanding trip.