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“Beautiful walk and great guides”

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Owner description: The only operators of multiday guided walks on the famous Milford & Routeburn Tracks: operating in New Zealand's stunning World Heritage Area, providing 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.
Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful walk and great guides”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

My husband and I completed the Milford track walk in February. The walk was sensational, the guides were excellent and the accommodations fantastic. We were lucky to have perfect weather every day.

Visited March 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
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“The remarkable Routeburn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

My wife, teenage son and I have just returned home after a short visit to NZ to complete the Routeburn.

In short, the whole experience exceeded my expectations. At all stages Ultimate Hikes were brilliant to deal with. The guides (Mike, Liv, Alyssa and Moon - take a bow) were professional, tireless, friendly, funny and supportive. The lodges were as comfortable as most homes, the food was terrific and plentiful.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Gary C
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“Fantastic trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

All I can say is do it
The trip from start to finish was faultless
Staff in lodges so friendly and accommodating and soo clean
Our guides were a highlight liv Alyssa what beautiful young woman you are moon we loved your stretch classes and mike well all I can say us you guys made our trip
From the 4 girls
Karen jan pip and Erina
Ps take poles people they really r a help

Visited April 2014
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Piedmont, California
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wow. Yes. Do It.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

My husband and I did the Classic - Milford first, then rest day, then Routeburn. The entire week was tremendously fun and fulfilling. The hikes were extremely well-organized, but it still felt like it was our own adventure. The guides were enthusiastic, knowledgable, friendly, fun, in-shape. But they were also serious about safety and the health of everyone. Food was amazing. There was too much to eat, but we ate it all anyway, because it was so good. Meeting people from all over the world (Japan, Korea, New Caledonia, Australia, USA, NZ) was terrific. Staff at the lodges were great. We visited more with Routeburn staff as there were only 15 glampers, but appreciate the Milford staff as well. The lodges were warm and comfortable. The newer Routeburn lodging was fantastic. The rest day at Te Anau after the morning on the Milford Sound with the Milford group, was terrific. Hotel was very good. We found plenty to do for the afternoon. Overall, it was a fantastic hiking experience.

Visited March 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“"Must Do" Wilderness Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were part of a group of 48 (mainly couples) who completed the Milford Sound Hike between 24-27 March comprising of 20 New Zealanders, 18 Americans, 4 Australians, 3 Japanese, 2 Singaporeans and 1 from South Korea. The average adult age would have been about 55 years and the 4 children were aged between 11 & 16.

My husband and I usually do daily hikes by ourselves so this was our first experience of a multi-day guided hike and we weren’t disappointed. We booked the private queen room and private ensuite option. The quality service provided by our 4 guides met all expectations.

The morning routine with this large group was quite regimented and we did walk single file for about the first hour of the hike before people branched away and set their own pace. There are toilet stops along the way for those worried about that. The lodge accommodation ranged from basic (paper thin walls at Glade House) to good. The dining rooms were quite warm (only T-shirt needed) but we found the bedrooms to be on the chilly side. All meals provided were excellent.

The walk itself is spectacular and we were blessed with perfect hiking weather. I would recommend training with at least 4kg in a backpack a few weeks beforehand. Make sure your hiking boots are in good condition as there is a lot of walking over uneven surfaces, rocks and stones. I would also recommend walking with poles for the over 50s.

We will be highly recommending Ultimate Hikes as a “must do” wilderness experience to our family, friends and work colleagues.

Visited March 2014
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