Heli Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls
Duration: Half day from Queenstown
You will be picked up from your accommodation to board your helicopter in Frankton for your Heli Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls. Fly through the Moonlight saddle and over the Richardson Mountains to Mt Earnslaw, past the blue ice of the hanging glacier before descending to land on the valley floor, over 1000-metres below.
Enjoy an unforgettable picnic with your choice of wine or beer under the numerous waterfalls and dramatic hanging glacier. You’ll have time to take lots of photos and explore a bit – walk behind the waterfalls to dip your toes into the icy water, if you dare!
Then jump back in the chopper to fly back to Queenstown where you will then be dropped off at your accommodation.
When director Peter Jackson needs helicopters, he calls Heliworks. They have the only landing rights to Earnslaw Burn, one of the most magical locations featured in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. So if you’re a Tolkien fan keen to walk in the footsteps of Bilbo and his company of dwarves under the Middle Earth waterfalls (seen when they depart Rivendell to continue their quest), this is the ultimate heli tour for you! Those who may not have seen the film yet will be equally impressed by the surreal views that transform from native tussock fields and rolling high-country farmland to glaciers and plunging waterfalls.
Your helicopter pilot will be your guide today (option to add private guide).