Why Book a walk with Ultimate Hikes

Our mission is to introduce you to hiking in the stunning landscapes of New Zealand's South Island. The Milford and the Routeburn Track guided walks offer comfortable accommodation and delicious food in a safe environment providing an unforgettable experience.

  • Guides

    These outdoor enthusiasts provide everything from a hot drink at lunch to an evening briefing on the next day's walk and even a blister clinic to look after your feet.

  • Private lodges

    At all of our lodges you will enjoy hot showers, Delicious 3 course meals, beer & wine, heating, drying rooms and warm snug beds.

  • Logistics

    We will organise all of your transport, lodgings, meals, snacks, backpacks and rain jackets. We even offer advice on how to prepare for your walk and what you should bring with you.

  • Safety

    Hiking through some of the most remote landscapes in NZ, rest assured that you are in the hands of professionals who put your safety first.


Going Guided Going it Alone

Well appointed comfortable lodges

Basic huts
Comfortable beds Carry your own bedding
Drying rooms You get wet, you stay wet!
Hot showers No showers
Meals provided Carry & cook your own food
Travel provided Arrange your own logistics
Small backpacks Large backpacks
Knowledgable guides
Safety is paramount

New friendships

Take a group of people from diverse areas of the world, most not knowing each other. Put them together on a walk through some of the most isolated areas of New Zealand and discover the amazing friendships which develop as a result!

New Zealand's finest guided walking company

Extensive time, effort and investment has gone into upgrading our services and facilities over the years.  As a result, Ultimate Hikes is a world-class trekking venture with an international reputation, attracting thousands of walkers a year.

We offer a range of multiday and single day walks that promise to be the experience of a lifetime, where you will truly encounter the best of New Zealand's wilderness without sacrificing comfort or convenience.

Our walks are all inclusive and fully catered. Our guides are fully trained in first aid and are in radio contact with each other and our Queenstown base at all times. On overnight walks accommodation is in our private, custom-built lodges. With hot showers, drying rooms, bedding and all meals - what more could you want?


  • You're in good handsHiking Guides

    Our guides are trained outdoor enthusiasts who will explain all there is to know about this amazing region. They pride themselves on their safe, efficient and friendly service and will be with you as much, or as little as you need.

  • Service with a smileLodge Staff

    Our lodges are staffed by passionate outdoor enthusiasts who will welcome you with a smile and a hot cuppa after a long day of hiking. They aim to ensure that you have an amazing experience and that all the finer details are taken care of.


Traveller Stories

  • One of the highlights of my life!

    Do it!!! I really can't recommend this company highly enough. Words fail me. It was such an incredible experience. The scenery along the Milford Track is absolutely stunning, and every aspect of the Ultimate Hike guided walk is top-notch. The guides are wonderful, the food is excellent, and the lodges are very comfortable. The experience exceeded my expectations in every way (and my expectations were quite high)! Yes, it's expensive, but it will be one of the highlights of your life! Plus, once you do it and realise how much effort is required to fly all of the food there and prepare it, how many people are needed to maintain the track and lodges, etc., I think you will agree that it is a very good value. Thank you to our wonderful guides: Blake, Kelly, Lizzy, and Yuka! You made the experience what it was.

    Louise, Boston, USA

  • Great Experience

    We did the one day Routeburn track guided walk with Ultimate Hikes. The day started with a pick up from our hotel and some other hotels in queenstown. The drive to Glenorchy was spectacular with some awesome views on the way. The tea at the Glenochy cafe was a nice experience as we got to know the other folks in the group. Our guide was really knowledgeable - he knew the forest like the back of his hand and had a great attitude. I remember talking about spicy food and he pointed me to a type of leaf that had a spicy -pepper like flavor. My wife could not climb the last 1000 feet to the routeburn falls - he offered to take my camera and get me some shots from the top, and that was a really cool gesture on his part. The packed lunch was delicious.

    Bhasky (tripadvisor), California, USA

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Responsible Tourism

We recognise that operating in this spectacular part of the world is a privilege and are committed to minimising our impact on the environment in many ways.

  • Ultimake Kiwi Experience

    Fiordland Conservation

    Strong supporters of the Fiordland Conservation Trust

  • Endangered Pateke

    Major sponsor of breeding & release programme

  • Community Involvement

    'Routeburn Classic' radio communication providers

  • DOC Conservation

    DOC Conservation

    We help DOC in a number of different ways

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"Our first luxury trek, & it'll be near impossible to go back to being a purest bushwalker. Well done Ultimate Hikes!"Barcoo (tripadvisor), NSW, Australia

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