2.5 to 3 hours (approx.)
Accommodation transfers, private helicopter and private guide
September to May (depending on snow levels)
1 hour hike
Lunch (various options available)Enquire Now
Step into Middle Earth on this exclusive experience
Leave the tourist trail behind and walk in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins on the spectacular Earnslaw Burn. Alpine Luxury Tours has exclusive landing rights in this wonderful location, meaning you can bask in the tranquillity without tourists competing for photos.
Your once in a lifetime adventure begins as we transport you to your privately chartered helicopter. Prepare to be astounded by jaw-dropping scenery as we fly over the sheer cliff faces of Moonlight Saddle and Richardson Mountains to Mount Earnslaw.
After landing in the valley, you will set off on foot through native tussock fields and rolling high country plains. Together with your local guide, you will Watch the landscape transform into glaciers and plunging waterfalls as we trace a narrow path forged by wild White Tail deer. Learn about rich local history, flora and fauna and keep an eye out for wildlife as we ascend towards the head of the valley.
As we reach the towering waterfalls and hanging glacier of the Earnslaw Burn we will pause to take in the surreal landscape around us. Tolkien fans can walk under the Middle Earth waterfalls of Rivendell, while those who haven’t seen the film will be astonished by the raw beauty of these vast alpine plains, glaciers and waterfalls.
With our private helicopter waiting for us on the valley floor, we’ll climb 1,000 metres past the falls and blue ice of the hanging glacier before flying across Lake Wakatipu towards the Humboldt Mountains.
After landing, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Queenstown; finishing a day that you will remember for years to come.