Take a Heli Tour to the Middle Earth Waterfalls for a picnic you’ll never forget. An easy and cost-effective option that’s great for groups and families is to simply chopper in for a couple of stunning photo opportunities.  

Heli Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls

Duration: Half day from Queenstown
Rating: Easy

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.

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 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 continue back across Lake Wakatipu, landing back in Queenstown.

Your helicopter pilot will be your guide today (option to add private guide).

Heli Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls