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Ultimate Hikes

Queenstown, New Zealand
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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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oregonhickmans wrote a review May 2020
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France5 contributions2 helpful votes
We hiked on the Routeburn Trek in April 2019. The scenery was incredible and so were the lodgings and food. However, want to give a warning to hikers not accustomed to walking up steep terrain and climbing rocks: we found the distances to be far greater than those advertised by Ultimate Hikes. Both my phone and my friend’s phone health apps showed: Day One: 11.4 miles; Day Two: 9.1 miles; Day Three: 7.7 miles. We are fit, but at the end of each day could barely move. I am actually glad I didn’t know how long each hike would be, because I might not have gone. But Ultimate Hikes should be truthful about the distances, so that some people don’t get in over their heads!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from NoelS213, General Manager at Ultimate Hikes
Responded May 11, 2020
hi - thank you so much for taking the time to review our Routeburn Track guided walk. We just wanted to clarify that, although the walk can seem longer than it is depending on weather conditions etc and experience of mountain tracks, we can assure you that the distance of the Routeburn Track is indeed 33km/20 miles - as confirmed by the Department of Conservation on their official website. doc.govt.nz. Fitness and health apps are specific to the people wearing them, and may not reflect the A to B of the actual distance of the track itself.
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Liza M wrote a review Apr 2020
Maryland52 contributions5 helpful votes
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I can't give Ultimate Hikes enough stars! We were fortunate to be able to trek post flooding and pre covid 19. The staff was amazing! The lodges were above and beyond any expectations we had. The food, who knew we could eat so well backpacking? The guides were friendly and available at all times. Ultimate Hikes really worked as a team to make your experience above and beyond. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Road54084854290 wrote a review Apr 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
We thorough enjoyed our second experience with Ultimate Hikes (we did the Routeburn two years ago). The lodges are so well appointed and comfortable. The staff are just lovely and the food way too good! We had to be helicoptered out on the last day due to a slip. The staff were totally professional and it was exciting rather than worrying. We then had to be prematurely transported to Queenstown due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The staff were so helpful and reassuring. They were also amazing with their response and the speed with which they processed our credit. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thanks Ultimate Hikes!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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CarolA3591 wrote a review Apr 2020
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions1 helpful vote
We walked the Milford Track just before the COVID-19 lockdown - we were part of the Ultimate Hikes Group number 130. The Track and scenery? 'Magnificent' really doesn't cut it. Wonderfully unforgettable! Ultimate Hikes? World class! Highly capable and engaging guides (take a bow Shaun, Amy, Sophie and Summer) delivered a safe and memorable experience albeit at times a challenge (take a bow Mackinnon Pass!). The staff and amenities at the lodges along the guided walk were brilliant. We were stunned at the quality (and quantity) of food provided to us all and consistently so over the 4 days. Had a lot of fun interacting with fellow trekkers from around the world who were more than willing to share their journey. Ian and Carol
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Carey T wrote a review Mar 2020
Bend, Oregon159 contributions20 helpful votes
First let me say that I have hiked in Costa Rica, Tasmania, Queensland, and all over the Western US including Yosemite. Fiordland is like the Sierras on steroids. 😳 Ultimate Hikes are real pros at the Milford Track and had every detail covered for our group of 14 - even the medical hiccup we thru at them was handled effortlessly. The food, the lodges, the amazing views were all above what we imagined. And the staff - salutes to Jen, Onda, Kalvin, and especially Susan! You guys made this a tramp we will not ever forget!! We are working on dates to come back for the Routeburn Track. 😉
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Date of experience: March 2020
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