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Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown

  • 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
Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
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Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
From $719.31
Fly by helicopter to Middle-earth Waterfalls on this 2-hour tour from Queenstown. Take in panoramic aerial views as you glide over Moonlight Saddle, the Richardson Mountains, and Lake Wakatipu, then touch down at Mount Earnslaw. Enjoy a gourmet picnic at Middle-earth Waterfalls and time to explore Earnslaw Burn, a Hobbit filming location that is accessible only by helicopter. This small-group tour is great for nature lovers and LOTR fans alike!
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.
Reviews (13)
1 - 5 of 10 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful scenery, great tour.

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...More

Thank lucaslcsv2
Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Lucas, Thakyounfortnhe great review it was a pleasure hosting you for you holiday see you both again soon :-)

Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile
Love it!!

My sister and I absolutely loved this trip, they picked us up from our hostel and took us to the airport. We then had a quick safety talk then met our pilot Scott, he was friendly, helpful and happy to answer questions. The flight was...More

Thank Zoe F
Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

Hi Zoe and Amy, Thanks for the review. It is a magical place in there isn’t we love showing guests our back yard and the amazing places we have and this place as a exclusive Landing location.See you both again soon.

Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile
Amazing service and experience

Such an easy company to deal With! Such an incredible experience that this team hooked us up with! Highly recommend if you want sore cheeks from smiling all day! Thank heaps guys!!

Thank thamesgirl89
Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2018

Hi Kieran & Tamsin, Thanks for the great review, it was a pleasure to have organised this great experience into the Middle earth waterfalls . Hope to see you again soon

Reviewed March 2, 2018
Amazing, awesome, mystical experience.

Staff at base were welcoming and friendly and took us through the rules to adhere to around the helicopter. Our pilot Charlotte was well experienced in flying the area and we felt totally safe although the peaks we flew over were scarily high and rugged....More

Thank bazzacozza
Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Hi Bazzacozza, Thanks fort he wonderful review its such a magical place we have very close in our back yard we are glad you enjoyed the heli flight to Middleearth Waterfalls,i will pass on to Charlotte the pilot your review also.

Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile
Breathtaking beauty, highly recommended

My wife and I took our three kids to the trip to Middle Earth. We were overwhelmed by the beauty. The service was smooth and great. Thanks for the service and unforgettable experience!

Thank travelpumpkim
Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Hi TravelPumpkin, Thanks for the review we are glad your family enjoyed the Trip to Middle earth.

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