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About Ultimate Hikes

Ultimate Hikes is owned by a private family based in Queenstown. They bought the concession to operate Multi day walks on the Routeburn Track in 1989, and the Milford Track in 1992.

The company has kept to its primary philosophy to maintain the historic and environmental integrity of these iconic tracks, and to put the walker first in providing an outstanding personal experience for each person that walks with us.

Ultimate Hikes has put extensive time, effort and investment into upgrading the facilities on the tracks, and we constantly strive to provide a safe and professional guided walk experience with an international reputation, attracting walkers from New Zealand and all over the world.

Over 120 people are employed each walking season to ensure that the service provided exceeds our walker's expectations.

Safety is paramount and we have strong communication systems connecting the guides, lodges and Queenstown base at all times.

Considerable effort goes into maintaining the tracks and Ultimate Hikes works closely with the Department of Conservation, on track maintenance and pest control.

Ultimate Hikes also operates guided day walks on the Milford, and Routeburn Tracks. These day walks are specifically designed for those who can't fit the full walks into their holiday.

Sister companies of Ultimate Hikes include other iconic New Zealand visitor attractions; the historic Hermitage Hotel, Glacier Explorers, Tasman Valley 4WD and Argo Tours, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (all located at Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Village), NZSki Ltd operators of New Zealand's premier ski areas: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt, and AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand.