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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did the Routeburn with some old friends - our guides, Hamish, Rachel and Johnny were all great, with Hamish a standout. The lodges exceeded all expectations as did the food, the ambience and the organisation. But most of all the track and the scenery...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a amazing experience with postcard views at every turn and will surpass your expectations. I was a little hesitant about taking this holiday, as I was not a very experienced trekker and the thought of completing 50 + kilometers over four days was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Armand P
Reviewed 1 week ago

An awesome trek possibly the finest in the world. Incredible scenery, snow covered mountains, the private lodges maintained by Ultimate Hikes are first class. The guides on the trek were all very helpful and passionate about Milford Track. An experience not to be missed by...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Graeme W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the 5 day guided hike Milford Track starting in Queenstown. The organisation was excellent, the guides were awesome, everything exceeded expectations including food and accommodations. Being able to relax every evening in a hotel like environment in the middle of the bush with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dave S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We joined the trek in Te Anau and had an incredible 4 day hike on the Millford Track. This company does a fabulous job of making sure everyone has a great safe and comfortable adventure. Even though it is a larger group (50 people max)...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank V3035LKcynthiag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hike and the organization of it is excellent. One of the great walks the scenery is superb. While you can do this walk on your own staying in Doc huts, I had not completed a multi day hike before and have little experience with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Priscilla K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have looked forward to this walk for several years and we weren’t disappointed. Fantastic scenery, great food. The first day it rained, manageable with the right gear; (very important !) but hot shower at each stop. The next day was good, the last blue...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Manawa18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a trip - I cannot recommend Ultimate Hikes highly enough. As with all other reviews - the scenery is incredible, organisation amazing, food divine and lodges oh so comfortable. For me what made this trip was the guides - their infectious love of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KiwiNomads
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Six days and approx 75km with side trips. So well organised every day. Great guides, food and accommodation. Even flush toilets in the lunch time shelters! It's a great hike on the Greenstone and Routeburn tracks. Requires moderate fitness as a minimum to be able...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Oatley_traveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well organised. Excellent accommodation. Pre trip information excellent. Sadly we had lots of rain but it didn’t stop us. Great group of hikers. Highly recommend. Only feedback is it’s not actually a “guided” hike it is more of a “supervised” hike, the guides keep you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Anu99Raj
November 15, 2018|
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Response from Noel S | Property representative |
hi - sorry for the late reply - we would love to see you on the track in April - a multishare room would be fine for your family as they sleep 4 people so you will have the room to yourselves though you will be using shared... More
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ballofur2003
- Would it be feasible to wash/dry in your private room rather than the dry room? (all my stuff is quick dry and I've never had a problem having dry clothes by morning.) - Are the private rooms secure (ie with locks) or is it generally a safe atmosphere? (city girl paranoia.) - I've done several hikes but struggle with quick altitude gain (ie really worried about day 2 of Milford)...is the uphill straight, or are there switchbacks, or are there areas that are flat to catch your breath? - I read they recommend that you carry 1 liter of water, but I've never gone on a hike (even a half day hike) with less than 1.5 liters and I generally finish before lunch. Are there places to fill up along the way? If so, it is feasible with just a bladder (I don't want to carry a separate bottle just to transfer water)?
October 19, 2017|
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Response from gwclark | Reviewed this property |
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
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630sharonj
July 16, 2017|
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Response from 630sharonj |
Thank you. It isn't on their website, but I have emailed them. If anyone else wants to know it's. 6.30am start from Queenstown and returning about 4pm on Day 3.
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doronb
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Ultimate Hikes Milford trek (11 Replies)
Hello everybody I plan to have a tour in NZ next year and of course combine some treks Since I come alone and not in best fitness to carry heavy loads on my back most of treks will be daily .I found in other forum(a Hebrew one ) that there is a company named "Ultimate Hikes'" that take care for logistics in the Milford trek ( food water ) for the 5 days of trek . Did anyone of you use this company ? Regards Doron
April 20, 2018|
Response fromBarryTNU|
Ultimate Hikes operate the hosted walks on the Milford track. The have their own lodges, where you have meals and showers. I'm not sure to what extent they transport your personal belongings between huts. I know you hike with just a day pack, and your suitcases etc are transported to Milford awaiting your arrival. Even though you do not have to carry heavy gear, the Milford track is still a strenuous walk. If you are not in the best of fittness you should perhaps consider just a day walk on...More
shesupsidedown
Portland, Oregon
Itinerary Help! So overwhelmed! (3 Replies)
My brain feels overwhelmed by researching New Zealand! So much to do and see! Maybe you can help me create an itinerary? Here is some info about me and what I am looking for: I am a female traveling solo Feb 16th-March 6th. I will be driving from Auckland to Christchurch. Flying back to Auckland. I am considering spending my last 5 days on the South Island doing a Great Walk with Ultimate Hikes. I would like to spend time in the Abel Tasman. I LOVE to swim...especially in...More
December 10, 2015|
Response fromzhuhai2007|
19 days is going to be a rush for driving so far AND doing a 5 day hike. Have you checked availability with Ultimate? Which hike are you thinking of doing? Have you already booked your rental car? If not have you thought about dropping the car in Queenstown before going on the hike rather than paying for it to sit idle for 5 days, and then FLY back to AKL from ZQN? 1-2. AKL 3. Pick up rental car, drive to Rotorua (2N) 4. Explore 5. Drive to Tongariro NP (2N) 6. Tongariro Alpine Crossing,...More
peppergirl1
Schaumburg, IL
Guided tour for Milford Track (2 Replies)
Is there only 1 company (Ultimate Hikes) that does a guided tour of MIlford Track?
May 29, 2010|
Response fromWLnz|
Yes.