We are committed to preserving the environment we live and work in.
Ultimate Hikes is proud to work with the Department of Conservation and Wildlife Trusts on conservation and sustainable tourism in our World Heritage National Parks.
Kea Conservation Trust
Kea are very curious birds and they love shiny things. Their beaks are extremely sharp and they love to find new objects and take them apart.
They can be seen on the Milford and Routeburn Tracks - some seasons there are more of them than others. In such remote areas it is hard for the Kea Conservation Trust to set up tagging and monitoring systems to study the birds' habitats in the Fiordland region.
Over the last two seasons Ultimate Hikes have welcomed teams from the Trust on to the tracks to monitor the Kea population in these remote regions. They have successfully banded over 30 birds across the Milford and Routeburn Track.
In 2021-22 our walkers were very generous in their support of the programme and raised over $18,000. Support for the Trust is ongoing and we are now working to raise funds for transmitters to track breeding pairs and protect nests from predators.Find out more
Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust
Saving the birdsong
The Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust is committed to saving the birdlife in the Routeburn Dart Valley. The core method is predator control and the trust has laid 50 Kilometres of traplines in the valley forests, starting near the Routeburn shelter, targeting rats and stoats. We are supporting the trust and assisting in checking the trap lines and doing our own predator control around our lodges on the Routeburn Track.Find out more
The Tiaki Promise