23rd March

A further announcement from Ultimate Hikes
Following the advisement that the New Zealand Covid-19 alert is now on level 3 and will move to level 4 in 48 hours we have made the decision to fly all remaining walkers off the track this afternoon to ensure they can make arrangements to get where they need to be for the shutdown period.
Following this we will be moving all our staff from the lodges to Mitre Peak Lodge in Milford Sound to allow them time to make their arrangements.
If you have family or friends on track, please be assured we are assisting them to make arrangements for accommodation in Queenstown tonight. We are bringing walkers from the Milford Track to Mitre Peak Lodge first where they will have some limited access to the internet before they are bussed back to Queenstown. We anticipate these walkers will be in full phone coverage by 10pm NZ time tonight. We will be bringing walkers on the Routeburn Track and Grand Traverse back to Queenstown and they should be back by 8pm NZ time tonight.
If you have any messages for the walkers or staff – especially if you have made arrangements on their behalf, please email us at info@ultimatehikes.co.nz and we will pass them on.

22nd March 2020

The government announced at midday Saturday 21 March 2020, that alert levels 1-4 will specify public health and social measures to be taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. New Zealand is currently at level 2. This level includes measures that will have an impact on our guided walks. The government has asked that
  • People limit non-essential travel around New Zealand
  • People who are in the high-risk category (those over 70 or those with existing medical conditions) should stay home
  • Physical distancing applies in all public spaces
We are under an obligation to uphold all government restrictions, and to protect our staff and walkers. We have therefore taken the very difficult decision to cancel our guided walks from 24th March 2020 for the rest of the season.
We have tried our very best to continue for the sake of our staff, and those who were still keen to walk, but we believe that we are no longer able to keep everyone safe and comfortable in line with the current restrictions. And we are mindful that people are concerned about their own safety and that of their loved ones.
We have sent an email to all our walkers who were booked to walk between now and the end of the season.
We sincerely appreciate the support, patience and understanding of everyone during this extremely difficult time, and what has been a very challenging season. The messages of support we have received have been incredibly uplifting for the team.
Thank you, please stay safe and we really hope we will see you next season.
The team at Ultimate Hikes.