As someone who is used to carrying tents, sleeping bags and food into a remote destination, walking the Routeburn with Ultimate Hikes was a revelation. The lodges were wonderful and having your food (great food) prepared for you after a big day of trekking was pure luxury. We are vegetarians and ate just as well as everyone else.I think the highlight were the guides though. Knowledgeable, unflapable and amusing they gave an extra dimension to the walk, not to mention they were a lot of fun to be with.
We did the full track and its is one of the most beautiful walks we have ever done. A blind person could take a great pic here- EVERYTHING is stunning. In fact, the scenery rates as good as the higher altitude treks I have done in Nepal. I was delighted to see a Kea (alpine parrot) up close and some rare plants. Do this! Get out there!
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