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Guided Walking in New Zealand

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Ultimate Hikes operates guided walks on the Milford, Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks and in the Hooker Valley.

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The Milford, Routeburn and Greenstone tracks traverse Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks and the Hooker Valley is located in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. These three National Parks, in addition to Westland National Park, make up “Te Wahipounamu” (Maori for “the place of Greenstone”), the area of New Zealand that has been placed under UNESCO World Heritage Area status.

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Auckland

Glenorchy

Queenstown

Milford Track Routeburn Track

Aoraki Mt Cook

Te Anau Downs Kingston

Grand Traverse

Te Anau

Track

Athol

Garston

Christchurch

Queenstown

The Key

Coach/Boat

Five Rivers Mossburn

Mt Aspiring National Park

Milford Sound

Mitre Peak Conical Hill

Sandfly Point

Lake Harris

Road End

Routeburn Falls Quintin Mackinnon Pass

Fiordland National Park

The Main Divide

Sutherland Falls

Lake Mackenzie

Key Summit

Pompolona

Glenorchy

Lake McKellar Lookout

Lake Wakatipu

Glade House

Lake Te Anau

Steele Creek

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Introduction & History Early pioneers left an enduring legacy when they carved their way through rugged country in the late nineteenth century to create the world-famous Milford and Routeburn Tracks. Little were they to know their exploits would launch an internationally famous adventure activity, attracting thousands of people every year to Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks. The Parks today are the cornerstone of the South West New Zealand (Te Wahipounamu) World Heritage Area and the Milford, Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks are an integral feature. Queenstown based company Ultimate Hikes applies decades of experience to provide coverage of New Zealand’s prime walking tracks. We have developed an international reputation, attracting more than 10,000 walkers a year. The Milford Track was pioneered by Quintin Mackinnon whose name lives on at Mackinnon Pass, a highlight of the five-day walk. He was employed to cut the track by the New Zealand Government, who recognised the beauty of the area. The track was retained in government control until 1992 when the licence to operate it was sold to Tourism Milford Ltd (trading as Ultimate Hikes). Since then, extensive time, effort and investment have gone into upgrading the facilities, providing a worldclass trekking venture. The Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks had their beginnings in the 1860s, when a route through the Southern Alps to the West Coast was earmarked for shipping gold from the lucrative Otago fields to Australia, but it never eventuated. The Routeburn Track was finally completed in the 1920s and is an outstanding attraction. A private guided walking company was started on the Routeburn in 1967 and the licence sold to Ultimate Hikes in 1989. Like the Milford Track, a significant investment has been made to create a high standard of accommodation and facilities. The tracks traverse wild and scenic mountain country, taking in spectacular views, waterfalls, lakes and luxuriant forest which is so uniquely New Zealand.

Our guided walks attract a wide range of ages, with our minimum age being 10 years and no maximum age limit! We have taken walkers in their 80s on the tracks in the past. Whilst many of our guests are not experienced hikers, they are often adventure seekers keen to face fresh challenges. The Milford, Routeburn and Grand Traverse (Routeburn-Greenstone) Guided Walks have a reputation as safe and well-organised operations. For many people, particularly those travelling solo, it is a chance to walk in the wilderness, with like-minded people from around the world. Well-appointed lodges provide excellent accommodation on all the tracks. Comfortable beds with bedding supplied, hot showers and flush toilets allow walkers to enjoy home comforts in a remote and scenic environment. Excellent three-course meals are provided. Walkers carry a medium-sized backpack containing their personal belongings and a packed lunch. Backpack and raincoats are supplied. Ultimate Hikes prides itself on its standard of service. Professionally trained guides are carefully selected to ensure that every walker has a memorable time. This is endorsed by clients who invariably refer to the “exceptional walking, luxury accommodation and top guiding” they encounter. We recognise that operating in this spectacular corner of the world is a privilege and we are committed to minimising our impact on the environment in many ways; by reducing, removing and recycling waste, reducing energy consumption, increasing water efficiency, using sustainable products and supporting conservation initiatives. We take great pride in providing walkers from all over the world with a unique insight into the magic of New Zealand’s wilderness and work closely with the Department of Conservation to upgrade and maintain the tracks whilst ensuring their sustainability for the future.

Today, the season runs from November until April and professional guides accompany walkers along the tracks. There is no pressure to keep up with the fastest or walk with the slowest; guides are trained to co-ordinate an entire group.

In the Footsteps of History...

Famous Kiwi mountaineer, the late Sir Edmund Hillary summed up the adventure; “well-equipped and comfortable lodges guarantee a good night’s rest and experienced guides ensure a safe journey. These walks are an experience that anyone will always remember.”

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Milford Track Day 1

The Milford Track Guided Walk is a fantastic 5 day/4 night adventure, traversing the heart of Fiordland National Park on “the finest walk in the world” from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound.

Queenstown to Glade House

1.6km/1mile

20min

Lunch, Dinner

Your adventure begins at the Ultimate Hikes Centre, Queenstown where you will board a coach to Te Anau, arriving in time for a light lunch. After lunch you’ll travel to Te Anau Downs boat harbour, where a launch awaits to take you up to the spectacular northern end of Lake Te Anau. From the wharf it is a short walk to the historic Glade House, where you will be greeted with afternoon tea. Afterwards, you will have a group photo and your guides will take you on a short nature walk to explore the surrounding area. After a hot shower in the evening, you’ll have time to get to know your group, and enjoy a three-course meal before retiring to your snug bed in the multi-share bunk rooms or private en-suite rooms.

Day 2

Glade House to Pompolona Lodge Glade House

16km/10 miles

5-7hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After crossing the emerald green Clinton River you walk up the valley to the Hirere Falls lunch shelter. The beech forest becomes more luxuriant the further you go, until it releases you onto the Prairie. From this meadow you can capture the true nature of the ice-carved Clinton Canyon. It is a short climb to Pompolona Lodge from here.

Day 3

Pompolona Lodge to Quintin Lodge

15km/9 miles

6-8hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Clinton Valley

This is the most demanding day, especially in inclement weather. The track leads to Lake Mintaro at the head of the Clinton Valley, before climbing the Mackinnon Pass in a series of zig-zags. Take your time and enjoy the views. At the top you will be rewarded with a spectacular panorama and lunch in Pass Hut. After descending into the Arthur Valley you will welcome a hot cup of tea at Quintin Lodge. That should be enough to refresh you for the optional 90-minute round trip to the Sutherland Falls, the world’s fifth highest waterfall. Day 1

Clinton Hut

1000

(1639 ft)

Day 2

1.6 km (1 mile)

(3278 ft)

Height in metres above sea level

Mackinnon Pass

(DOC)

Lake Te Anau

Day 3

16 km (10 miles)

15 km (9 miles)

Mintaro Hut

Hirere Falls

Mackinnon Pass

(DOC)

Pompolona Lodge

Glade House

Quintin Lodge

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Distance in km

5

(3.1 miles)

(6.25 miles)

15

(9.4 miles)

20

(12.5 miles)

25

(15.6 miles)

30

(18.8 miles)


Please Note: A limited number of private rooms with their own bathroom facilities are available. These rooms have a queen-sized bed or two single beds.

Day 4

Quintin Lodge to Mitre Peak

21km/13 miles

6-7hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your final day on the track. You’ll walk down the Arthur Valley to the historical Boatshed; after a short break you will continue on past MacKay Falls and Bell Rock (which was carved out by the river during a particularly violent flood) and on to the lunch spot at Giant’s Gate waterfall. The final stretch of the track follows tranquil Lake Ada to Sandfly Point. From here it is a short boat trip to the renowned Mitre Peak Lodge at Milford Sound; the fjord often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The lodge presents the most striking view of Mitre Peak, the famously photographed pinnacle that rises almost sheer from the Sound to a height of 1692m (5551ft). Here you will enjoy a celebratory dinner while relaxing with the knowledge that the hard part is now behind you while the magnificence of Milford Sound spreads out before you.

Day 5

MacKay Falls

Milford Sound to Queenstown

No Walking

Breakfast, Lunch

Wake to the tranquillity of Fiordland and after breakfast experience a magical cruise on Milford Sound. Watch for dolphins and fur seals and pray for rain, as you have only seen Fiordland at it’s most incredible when the waterfalls are in full flow. Following the cruise it’s time to head back to Queenstown. You have two options: (1) travel by coach through the heart of Fiordland National Park, through the Homer Tunnel and beyond, or; (2) Take a spectacular helicopter flight across Mt Aspiring National Park back to Queenstown. Sit back and let your pilot show you another perspective of the World Heritage Area. Look down upon rugged peaks, sheer canyons and alpine lakes, the perfect complement to your experience on the ‘finest walk in the world’. The flight option is available at an additional cost and is dependent upon the weather.

Day 4 Dumpling Hut

Milford Sound

Helicopter Transfer to Queenstown

21 km (13 miles)

Boatshed

Sandfly Point

(DOC)

Mitre Peak Lodge

35

(22 miles)

40

(25.1 miles)

45

(28.2 miles)

50

(31.3 miles)

55

(34.8 miles)

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Routeburn Track Day 1

The Routeburn Guided Walk is an award-winning 3 day/2 night, all inclusive, Queenstown to Queenstown alpine adventure, through World Heritage Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks.

The Divide to Lake Mackenzie

12km/7.5 miles

3.5-5hrs

Lunch, Dinner

Your adventure beings with a coach ride from Queenstown to the Divide on the scenic Milford Road, stopping at Te Anau for morning tea. You will climb the wide and well formed track from the Divide to the optional ascent to Key Summit. Here you can sit among the alpine plants and gaze down three valleys from where water ows to three different coasts. You then descend to Lake Howden hut for a hot drink and picnic lunch, before gradually climbing through lush silver beech forest to the base of Earland Falls, quite a sight in wet weather! You will look over the Hollyford Valley to the ice capped Darran Mountains before descending to the splendid lodge at Lake Mackenzie where refreshments, a hot shower, three course meal and a comfortable bed is waiting.

Day 2

Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls

15km/6.9 miles

Lake Harris

Ocean Peak Corner

4.5-6hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You leave the ancient forest draped in moss and lichen, and enter the alpine world of daisies, buttercups, gentians and edelweiss. Here you have a full vista of the Darran Mountains across the Hollyford Valley, which slices through Fiordland to the distant Tasman Sea at Martin’s Bay. After lunch at the Harris Saddle (1277m), you can ascend Conical Hill for a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. After walking around Lake Harris you descend into the upper basins of the Routeburn Valley, with the towering mountains above. Spend your second night at the beautiful Routeburn Falls Lodge where you will be treated to a special celebratory dinner.


History of the Routeburn A route through the Southern Alps to the West Coast was mooted by local government in the 1860s during the Wakatipu gold rush era. This route was not completed until after 1920, with work being interrupted by World War 1. Although the proposed port on the West Coast never came to fruition, the Routeburn Track became internationally famous as a magnificent scenic alpine adventure.

Routeburn Valley Routeburn Falls Lodge

Day 3

Routeburn Falls to Routeburn Road

9km/5.7 miles

2.5-3.75hrs

Breakfast, Lunch

Take time to enjoy the dramatic landscape around the Falls, before descending to the alpine pastures of the Routeburn Flats. Your guides will take the scenic route through the meadows and find the deepest green pool for you to picnic beside. The track shadows the river as it roars through a magnificent gorge before plunging beneath the unyielding rocks at the Sump. From here it is a gentle walk through columns of red beech trees to the Road End. A coach will take you back to Queenstown, stopping at the small town of Glenorchy on the way. Routeburn Flats

Day 1

1600

Day 2

12 km (7.5 miles)

(5248 ft)

Day 3

11 km (6.9 miles)

9 km (5.7 miles)

Conical Hill (optional)

Height in metres above sea level

1300

(4264 ft)

Key Summit

Harris Saddle

(optional)

1000

Tree Line

(3278 ft)

700

Lake Mackenzie

Lake Howden

(2296 ft)

Routeburn Falls

400

(1312 ft)

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10

(6.1 miles)

20

(12.2 miles)

30

40

(18.3 miles)

(24.4 miles)

Distance in km Distance includes optional walks

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Grand Traverse Day 1

The Grand Traverse is a 6 day/5 night Queenstown to Queenstown package taking you through Te W hipounamu World Heritage Area, combining the peaceful Greenstone Valley track & the alpine vistas of the Routeburn Track.

Greenstone Car Park to Steele Creek

18km/11.3 miles

5-7.5hrs

Lunch, Dinner

Your morning coach trip from Queenstown follows Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy and then on around the head of the lake to the mouth of the fabled Greenstone River. Here you don your pack and follow the Greenstone Track into the stately red beech forest, accompanied by robins and tomtits. Return to the river, which rushes through rocky gorges, before idling in silent pools. Views of Mt Christina reward you as you stroll up the final river flats to Steele Creek lodge.

Day 2

Beech Forest

Steele Creek to Lake McKellar

16km/10.1 miles

3.5-6hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Greenstone Flats

After a hearty breakfast, walk through a sea of red tussock on the river flats. Ancient pines and scented cottonwoods cling to the sheer mountain sides, which come alive with water on rainy days. As you approach Lake McKellar you may see fallow deer in the valley and trout in the nearby river.

Day 3

Lake McKellar

Day of exploration and rest

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your chance to explore the area on foot, row on the lake or just relax and read a novel. There is an activity for everyone. Take a stroll to the waterfall, or hike up to the lookout for a view down the river flats and your first glimpse of the Routeburn. If you are ready for a challenge you can climb higher to the untracked tops and marvel at Fiordland’s mountain scenery.

McKellar Lodge Lake McKellar

Day 1

1600

18 km (11.3 miles)

Day 2

16 km (10.1 miles)

Day 4

12.5 km (8 miles)

Day 5

(5248 ft)

Height in metres above sea level

11 km (6.9 miles)

Day 6 9 km (5.7 miles)

Conical Hill Lookout

1200

(optional)

(optional)

(3936 ft)

(optional)

Key Summit

Tree Line Tree Line

800

(2624 ft)

Lake McKellar

400

Steele Creek

(1312 ft)

Lake Lake Howden Howden

Lake Mackenzie

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15

(9.4 miles)

30

(18.8 miles)

45

(28.2 miles)

R outeburn Falls

Harris Harris Saddle Saddle

60

(37.2 miles)

75

Distance in km Distance includes optional walks

(46.6 miles)


Greenstone Valley

Historical Notes The Greenstone Valley was an ancient Maori trail to reach rich greenstone (pounamu) sources near Lake Wakatipu. The stone was used to make adzes, gouges & superior weapons. Europeans entered the valley in the 1860s in search of gold and grazing land & the track was cut in 1881, linking Lake Wakatipu and Martins Bay on the West Coast.

“The Routeburn & Greenstone are two of the most superb walking areas in the world. Dense rainforest with excellent tracks, sparkling lakes, mighty peaks & remote passes supply a sense of challenge without too great a feeling of danger.”

The late Sir Edmund Hillary – Conqueror of Everest

Key Summit

Day 4

Lake McKellar to Lake Mackenzie

12.5km/8 miles

4.25-5.75hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you cross the main divide via the Greenstone Saddle (775m) and glimpse mountains and lakes through lush forest. A diversion to Key Summit allows you to investigate unique flora or contemplate the surrounding peaks. After lunch at Lake Howden you join the Routeburn Track as it climbs to the magnificent Earland Falls, overlooking the glaciated Darran Mountains. After descending through a fairytale forest you arrive at Lake Mackenzie. Relax and rest your weary limbs by the lake, serene and still in its cradle of statuesque peaks.

Day 5

Lake Mackenzie

Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls

11km/6.9 miles

4.5-6hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You leave the enchanted forest and climb high above Lake Mackenzie into the alpine world overlooking the Hollyford Valley. Let your eye follow the icy peaks of the Darran Mountains until they drop into the distant Tasman Sea. Enjoy the flowers in one of the world’s greatest natural gardens as you trek to the Harris Saddle (1277m) where you cross the main divide again. Conical Hill (1515m) with its endless vistas waits on the adventurous, while below the more intimate surrounds of the upper Routeburn basins lead to the Routeburn Falls. Spend your final night in the beautiful Routeburn Falls Lodge

Day 6

Routeburn Falls to Road End

9km/5.7 miles

2.5-3.75hrs

Breakfast, Lunch

After a last look at the alpine environment above the Falls you drop down to the grassy flats at the foot of Mt Somnus. The track follows the river as it tumbles through a deep gorge, before emerging onto a forested terrace. After crossing a final swing bridge, the coach will take you back to Queenstown, stopping at the small town of Glenorchy on the way.

Hollyford Face

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The Classic Day 1

The ultimate hiking package includes New Zealand’s two most famous guided walks in a spectacular 8 day/7 night adventure beginning in Queenstown. Walk the breathtaking Milford Track, visit awe-inspiring Milford Sound and spend a night in Te Anau before embarking on the renowned Routeburn Track and finishing in Queenstown.

Queenstown to Glade House

1.6km/1 miles

20min

Lunch, Dinner

Commence the experience of a lifetime on a coach journey from Queenstown to Te Anau for a lunch stop. Enjoy a boat trip to the head of Lake Te Anau and the start of the famous Milford Track. From Glade Wharf, walk a short distance to the historic Glade House and spend the rest of the afternoon on a nature walk around the surrounding area with your guide.

Day 2

Glade House to Pompolona Lodge

16km/10 miles

5-7hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After crossing the Clinton River swingbridge, you will meander up the Clinton Valley, detouring to experience the beautiful wetland walk. After lunch at Hirere Falls, follow the track through the Clinton Canyon to start the gradual climb through the forest to Pompolona Lodge.

Day 3

Nature walk

Wetland walk

Pompolona Lodge to Quintin Lodge

15km/9 miles

6-8hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Pompolona Lodge, you will climb up out of the Clinton Valley via a series of zig-zags to the top of the spectacular Mackinnon Pass. At the top you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. After lunch at the Pass Hut, descend down into the Arthur Valley to Quintin Lodge for a well-earned cup of tea. That should be enough to refresh you for the optional 90-minute round trip to the Sutherland Falls, the world’s fifth highest waterfall.

Day 4

Quintin Lodge to Mitre Peak

21km/13 miles

6-8hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

View down Arthur Valley

Walk down the Arthur Valley past Mackay Falls, Bell Rock and Giant’s Gate waterfall. End your Milford experience with the final stretch following Lake Ada to Sandfly Point. From here it is a short boat ride to the beautifully situated Mitre Peak Lodge at the magical Milford Sound, where it is time to relax and enjoy your celebration dinner.

Grandeur of the Routeburn Track Loved by the late Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mt Everest, the Routeburn Track has the greatest variety of any of the New Zealand Great Walks. The track passes between Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks and was designed to offer the grandest scenery of this area. Pass clear lakes, gaze at glaciated peaks and walk through peaceful meadows, flower-filled basins and moss-covered rainforest.


Magic of the Milford Track Traversing the heart of New Zealand’s wild country, the Milford Track has long been described as “the finest walk in the world”. Since Quintin Mackinnon pioneered the route in 1888, everyone from hardened trekkers to novices have taken up the challenge. The Fiordland National Park is the cornerstone of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. Walkers on the track to Milford Sound encounter its spectacular deep lakes, luxuriant forest and sheer granite canyons. On a sunny day there is a postcard shot around every corner. When it rains, torrents of water cascade down the mountainside and you can say you have truly experienced the magic of the Milford Track.

Giant’s Gate Falls

Day 5

Milford Sound to Te Anau

No Walking

Key Summit

Day 6

Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a morning cruise on the magnificent Milford Sound before travelling by coach back to Te Anau. Spend the rest of the day exploring the town that is the gateway to Fiordland and stay overnight at a Te Anau hotel (bed only included). Mackenzie Lodge

Te Anau/Divide to Lake Mackenzie

13km/8.1 miles

5-6hrs

Lunch, Dinner

Depart by coach from Te Anau to the Divide. Begin your trek along a well-graded trail. A brief detour takes us above the bushline to view the Fiordland peaks and miniature alpine communities at Key Summit. Descend to Lake Howden for lunch before continuing steadily upwards to the magnificent Earland Falls. Further along the trail, the snow-capped peaks and glaciers of the Darren Mountains come into view before we make our descent to Lake Mackenzie Lodge.

Day 7

Lake Mackenzie to Routeburn Falls

15km/9.2 miles

5-6hrs

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the emerald waters of Lake Mackenzie, zig-zag up above the bush line and across the Hollyford Face with its dramatic alpine landscape. Lunch at Harris Saddle (1277m). Once past Lake Harris, descend into an immense alpine basin, which in summer is alive with flowers. Continue on to the beautiful Routeburn Falls Lodge where you will be treated to a fantastic dinner.

Day 8

Routeburn Falls to Routeburn Road

10km/6.1 miles

3-4hrs

Breakfast, Lunch

The trail descends from Routeburn Falls to the alpine meadows of the Routeburn Flats. Pass crystal clear river pools and enter the forested gorge, opening to the lowlands. A coach will take you back to Queenstown, stopping at the small town of Glenorchy on the way.

Grand Traverse / Milford Track Combo If you have more time, why not walk both the Grand Traverse and Milford Tracks? We cover the Grand Traverse first before returning to Queenstown for the Milford Track. The advantage of this is the last day on the Grand Traverse and the first on the Milford Track are easy days. We recommend a couple of days off between walks.

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Encounter Guided Day Walks Ideal as an educational & hassle-free way of sampling a little of the magic of New Zealand’s wilderness. We provide transport, scrumptious lunch, free loan of day packs & rain jackets, sunscreen, insect repellent & experienced, informative guides to ensure your experience is a memorable one.

Routeburn Track Encounter QUEENSTOWN 13km/8 miles return to Flats, 19km/12miles return to Falls

10 hrs (7hrs on track)

We begin at the Ultimate Hikes Centre, Duke Street, Queenstown and travel along the picturesque QueenstownGlenorchy Road beside Lake Wakatipu. We enter Mt Aspiring National Park and come to the beginning of the renowned Routeburn Track. We have a leisurely 6.5km (4miles) walk up the wide and smooth track to Routeburn Flats. At this point there is the option to rest by the river and have lunch in the alpine meadows; however the majority of our walkers continue up to Routeburn Falls Lodge for lunch. Those that choose the 300m (980ft) climb over 3km (1.9 miles) are rewarded with spectacular views and the comfort of Routeburn Falls Lodge (the final night’s accommodation on the multiday walks). This walk is more challenging but most of our walkers find the experience well worth it. We return along the same track.

Milford Track Encounter QUEENSTOWN/TE ANAU

11km/6.5 miles

From Queenstown 13hrs (5.5hrs on track) From Te Anau 9hrs (5.5hrs on track)

If you are starting your day in Queenstown, meet at the Ultimate Hikes Centre and travel by coach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, through the sweeping landscape to the Ultimate Hikes Office in Te Anau. If you are joining your guide in Te Anau, meet at the Ultimate Hikes Office. We then take you along the shores of Lake Te Anau to the boat harbour at Te Anau Downs. Enjoy a hot drink aboard an hour long boat journey to the northern end of the lake and the start of the Milford Track. Disembarking, we walk 1.6km (1 mile) to the historic Glade House. Here we enjoy a scrumptious lunch from the kitchen. After visiting the small museum there, we follow the Clinton River through rich Beech forest. Your guide will point out aspects of the forest and history to you along the way. On the return, we walk up the Glade Burn Track for a fantastic view of Lake Te Anau before descending down a dry river bed to the return launch.

Aoraki Mount Cook Encounter AORAKI MOUNT COOK VILLAGE 8km/5 miles

6hrs

From The Hermitage Hotel, we head to the White Horse Hill camping ground. Enjoy a stunning 8km (5 miles) return trek along the well-maintained track to the terminal lake of the Hooker Glacier, where you will enjoy lunch. The journey takes in the poignant Alpine Memorial and passes over the turbulent Hooker River by swingbridge to unsurpassed vistas of Aoraki Mt Cook’s south face and the surrounding glaciers. There are a number of shorter walks around the village, all of different distances and gradients. For those who want a little more, let your guide introduce you to one of the tracks in the native forest, or even a sharp climb to finish your day. Whilst at Mt Cook, don’t miss out on the amazing Glacier Explorers trip. Visit www.glacierexplorers.com for more information. You need to bring a small day pack, walking boots or shoes, a bottle of water, warm clothing and a waterproof jacket for changeable weather. As you walk, your guide will tell you about the unique flora and fauna of the region, and the local history. To get maximum enjoyment from your day, everyone is encouraged to walk at their own pace.


Important Information The following is a list of essential equipment you are required to bring on your multiday guided walk. The bold items may be purchased at reasonable prices from the Ultimate Hikes Centre in Queenstown to reduce the need for you to carry them throughout your holiday. Items highlighted may be borrowed free of charge.

For Walking: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Backpack Rain jacket with hood Boots or sturdy walking shoes Fleece jacket or merino jacket Merino or micro fleece top Merino/polypropylene ylene thermal underwear (top & bottom) Warm hat Sun hat Shorts/quick dry walking trousers T-shirt Warm socks (x2) Warm gloves Water bottle Camera Insect repellent Sun block

For Evenings: •

• • • •

Comfortable light weight outfit Sandals or lightweight shoes Nightwear Handkerchiefs Toilet requisites (towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner provided)

Optional: • • • • • •

Walking poles (recommended & available for hire) Foot fleece (to prevent blisters) Gaiters Swimsuit Spare laces Blister treatment

We do not recommend that you walk in cotton garments, jeans or silk thermals. These do not dry efficiently and will result in you feeling damp either from wet conditions or perspiration. Excellent backpacks and raincoats are provided free of charge and are essential items. We can also supply you with a sleep sheet (& towel on the Routeburn/Grand Traverse) and a plastic pack liner for rain protection. With all of these items you are more than welcome to bring your own if you so wish. If you do chose to use those provided, you will receive them at the pre-track briefing. Other necessities are available for purchase at the lodges, such a disposable cameras and toothpaste.

Each day you will carry a backpack containing your personal belongings and clothes, your sleep sheet, picnic lunch and on the Routeburn Track only, your towel (again provided for you. On the Milford Track, towels are provided at the lodges). If you adhere to our equipment list, your pack should weigh approximately (10-14lbs). Keep your pack as light as 5-7kg (10-14lb whilst taking the essentials to possible wh your experience; hand laundry enhance yo are available in every lodge. facilities ar no facility for transporting your There is n between lodges. pack betw

Guides & Safety Guide Your guid guides are trained outdoor enthusiasts enthusia who will explain all about the area area. They pride themselves on their ssafe, efficient and friendly service serv and provide everything from fro a hot drink at lunch to an a evening briefing on the next day’s walk. They are trained in first aid and are in constant radio contact with each ea other, the lodges and our Queenstown/Te Anau/Mt Cook bases. Q Your safety is of paramount importance and your guides may have to adapt the day depending upon fitness levels and weather or track conditions. Whilst they will make every effort to meet your needs, please adhere to their professional decisions if required. In some cases, the fully funded New Zealand Government accident compensation scheme known as ACC (the Accident Compensation Corporation) will cover medical and other costs related to a personal injury incurred while in New Zealand. However, we can not guarantee that such costs will be covered by ACC, and HIGHLY RECOMMEND all walkers carry their

own medical/travel insurance while on our walk to cover medical and related costs (eg. helicopter off the track, hospital care, accommodation, missed flights, etc).

Track Conditions & Fitness Requirements Our walks are neither easy nor difficult as each walker will have a different experience/expectation depending upon previous experience and fitness level. They are a challenge which people of all ages and abilities will relish. To enjoy your experience, you need to be able to carry your backpack (5-7kg/10-14lbs) for 4-8 hours over 10-21km (6-13miles) of sometimes uneven track each day. We encourage everyone to walk at their own pace, it is not a race and we want you to enjoy it. There is no pressure to keep up with the fastest walkers and there is always a guide at the rear of the group. The track surface varies from smooth, well formed paths to rough terrain broken by rocks & tree roots. There are steep rocky downhill sections and you may have to cross small streams and wade in deep water after heavy rain. We recommend that you wear hiking boots, which provide firm ankle support. Walking poles are also recommended and available for hire. A reasonable level of fitness is required and if you are not a regular walker, we suggest that you begin a daily walking regime 6-8 weeks prior to departure. Gradually increase the distance that you walk, carrying a backpack. Staircase or hillclimbing will leave you better prepared. The minimum age is 10 years. If you are over 70 years, it is advised to consult a doctor to check your physical fitness.

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Important Information (continued) All multiday walks return to The Station Building, Queenstown at approximately 4pm.

Pre-track Requirement Information

Lake Harris during a storm

WEATHER We cannot stress enough how extreme and unpredictable the weather is in this region. Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks experience some of the highest precipitation in New Zealand; snow, high winds and rain can occur at any time of the year. It is essential to be prepared for the worst weather conditions and to carry the clothing that we recommend. Quintin Lodge

Pre and post track accommodation is required in Queenstown. Go to www.ultimatehikes.co.nz to book from our recommended accommodation providers. Please advise us where you are staying prior to going out on the walk.

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Pre-track Briefing & Departure Times

Milford (from the Ultimate Hikes Office, Te Anau) 9:15am (return 6pm)

All multiday walkers are required to attend an essential pre-track briefing the day prior to departure. Please check in at the Ultimate Hikes Centre, Ground Floor, The Station Building, Duke Street Entrance, Queenstown at the following times:

Routeburn Track 4pm..................(check in 3:45pm) Grand Traverse 3pm..................(check in 2:45pm)

CANCELLATION POLICY All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to info@ultimatehikes.co.nz or Ultimate Hikes Reservations, PO Box 259 Queenstown NZ, 9348. Cancellation fees for all Multi Day Walks are charged on the following basis per person: Outside 90 days from date of walk departure: NZ$100 per person Between 89-60 days from date of walk departure: NZ$200 per person Between 59-21 days from date of walk departure: 50% of full fare Within 21 days of date of walk departure: 100% of full fare

NB On the Milford Track/Classic: a small bag is provided for clothing for use at Milford Sound and will be sent by road from Queenstown to await your arrival at Mitre Peak Lodge.

Please advise us of any existing medical conditions or special dietary requirements that we should be aware of. Whilst we try to accommodate most special dietary requirements, please appreciate that we operate in extremely isolated environments and this is not always possible.

Milford Track/The Classic 5pm..................(check in 4:45pm)

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We recommend that you arrange storing extra luggage/parking cars with your pre/ post track accommodation.

All transport from Queenstown to the start of the track and return to Queenstown is included. There are no pick ups from accommodation providers so please meet at the Duke Street (rear) entrance of the Station Building at the following times: Milford Track/The Classic..............9:15am Routeburn Track ............................6:55am

Routeburn (from the Ultimate Hikes Centre, Queenstown) 7:30am-8am (return 5:30-6pm) Milford (from the Ultimate Hikes Centre, Queenstown) 6:55am (return 8pm)

Aoraki Mount Cook (from the Hermitage Hotel) 9am (return 3:30pm)

Lodges & Food All lodges have hot showers (soap, shampoo, conditioner provided), flush toilets, multishare bedrooms with bunk-style beds sleeping 4-6 people per room (private rooms with queen or twin beds with ensuite rooms are available on the Milford Track only). All beds have pillows and duvets. No sleeping bags are required! Three course dinners, cooked breakfasts and picnic lunches are provided on the multiday walks. New Zealand wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase at each of the lodges. Bar tabs will be paid for at the final lodge on each track so please take cash or your credit card with you. Lunch and refreshments are provided on the day walks.

Grand Traverse ..............................7:45am

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You’ve read all about it, friends and colleagues have told you all about it, now it’s time to experience it for yourself! From November through to April we operate multiday hikes into one of the most picturesque and remote corners of New Zealand, using professional guides and excellent accommodation in well appointed lodges. With our friendly guides you’ll learn about the flora and fauna, food and travel will be arranged for you, and your pack should weigh no more than 7kg!

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I was much better able to enjoy the fabulous scenery and physical exertion having slept well, and carrying only a small pack; and after a day spent chilly and wet, or dripping with sweat, the simple delight of a hot shower is impossible to exaggerate.

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