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Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown

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Experience an unforgettable Helicopter Picnic in the stunning Middle Earth Waterfalls of the Earnslaw Burn with exclusive landing rights! 

Once you are picked up from your hotel, board the helicopter for a stunning flight through the Moonlight saddle and over the Richardson Mountains to Mount Earnslaw, before descending to land on the valley floor, over 1000 metres below.

You will enjoy an unforgettable picnic with wine, beer or juice under the Middle Earth waterfalls and the dramatic hanging glacier.

There is plenty of time to take lots of photos and explore this majestic location by walking through the valley or even walking behind the waterfalls to dip your toes into the icy water.
  • Fly to Middle-earth Waterfall with the only tour permitted to land there
  • View the spectacular landscape of New Zealand’s South Island from the air
  • Learn about the region and its 'Lord of the Rings' lore from the pilot
  • Have a gourmet picnic lunch and short walk at the Earnslaw Burn glacier
What to Expect
After pickup from your central Queenstown hotel, arrive at the heliport for your flight to Middle-earth Waterfall. Your pilot provides commentary as you lift off and soar over the rugged terrain of Moonlight Saddle, the Richardson Mountains, and Mount Earnslaw.  Descend 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) to land at the foot of Earnslaw Burn, a glacier-covered with cascading waterfalls—and the spectacular setting for when Bilbo Baggins departs from Rivendell in 'The Hobbit.'  Your pilot serves up a gourmet picnic lunch accompanied by wine, beer, or juice. Have free time to eat, snap photos, and take a walk in the stunning valley. Travel with up to six people on the only tour authorized to land at the falls, a remote location accessible exclusively via helicopter or hours of hiking. Take in more scenery on the helicopter flight back to Queenstown, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We collect you from your Accommodation In Queenstown
  • Round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (central Queenstown)
  • Picnic Lunch with choice of wine, beer or juice
  • Local taxes
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking in one helicopter (subject to weights)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 3 are free to travel and must sit on the adults lap
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Picked up from hotel and dropped at the heli airport. Our pilot was fantastic with so much knowledge of the area! Once we landed, had a beautiful 30-45min walk of the area and got to take in the serenity of it (even snuck in a proposal!) All in all, the experience was great!
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Response from alpineadventuresnz, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Hi Theo, Congratulations on your engagement in at the Middle Earth waterfalls, it was great to arrange this for you and all the best for the future for you both.
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this helicopter trip to the Mount Earnslaw region! The pilot was informative, excelled in hospitality and made us feel very safe and comfortable. The pilot even pointed out filming locations of scenes from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
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Response from alpineadventuresnz, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 17 Mar 2019
Thanks for the great review it is such an amazing place the middle earth waterfalls. Hope to see you again soon
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If you truly want a once in a lifetime experience and to see what you can only see from the air this is a bucket list must! Only from the air can you begin to grasp the magnitude of the area and the beauty. Breathtaking and boy do you feel small from upon high. The cruise of
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Response from alpineadventuresnz, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 17 Mar 2019
Thanks for the great review and hope you see you again soon in NZ for another adventure with us
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This experience was exceptional and made you feel like a million bucks! The gourmet picnic was divine and to enjoy it amongst the most breathtaking scenery was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were taken great care of and were lucky to have the perfect weather and wind
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Response from alpineadventuresnz, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 6 Feb 2019
Hi Thanks for the great review the lunches we provide are great and enjoye in many great locations we offer and even better with great conditions.
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This a great tour that you will remember for the rest of your life. The mount Earnslaw region is amazingly beautiful, with its glaciers and waterfalls, perfect for the picnic. (we went during spring season) The picnic includes your choice of wine & a champagne with good variety
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Response from Lee S, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 8 Nov 2018
Hi Lucas, Thakyounfortnhe great review it was a pleasure hosting you for you holiday see you both again soon :-)
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About the operator
By: Alpine Luxury Tours
Dhiren K
A very professional group lead by Lee who take their word seriously
I had originally booked a Helicopter tour into Milford sound with two glacier landings and lunch in Middle Earth.
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Orlando B
Carvoeiro, Portugal
Tour of a Lifetime
This tour is worth every single penny!! This is without a doubt the best way to appreciate New Zealand’s South
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Peter B
Great adventures around Queenstown
Lee was our Queenstown expert on a small group trip to New Zealand. He and his team of outstanding guides led us
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Launceston, Australia
Amazing trip to Milford Sound
Steve was a fantastic host and driver. Every part of the trip to Milford ran to time. Steve's timing was
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Amanda R
Tour of a Lifetime!
My husband and I did the "Untouched Heli and Hike Tour" and it was absolutely the highlight of our entire trip.
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Great Day
Our family of four booked a wine tour with Lee in late December 2019. Lee was extremely flexible and responsive
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Naz R
Singapore, Singapore
Comfortable, hassle free travel with Alpine Luxury Tours
For my recent trip to Queenstown for a party of four, I had booked Alpine Luxury Tours for a whole day trip to
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Melbourne, Australia
My husband and I splurged on this heli tour for our honeymoon and we are so glad we did. It was the clear
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Incredible Service and Great People
We spent a week in Queenstown using Lee and Alpine Adventures to book several outings: two hikes (one on the
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Mike P
Wow!!! What an outstanding day
We have fallen in love with Queenstown after this tour. Lee is so knowledgeable and passionate about the area and
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