Heli Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls


2.5 hrs


Accommodation transfers, private helicopter flight, gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments


Private helicopter charter options available


September to April also winter months but can be cold


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Fly into Middle Earth for a picnic you'll never forget

Leave the tourist trail behind and bask in the tranquillity of the spectacular Earnslaw Burn. Alpine Luxury Tours has exclusive landing rights in this wonderful location, which you may recognise from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Your once in a lifetime adventure begins as we transport you to your waiting 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. Pass the blue ice of a hanging glacier before descending to land on the valley floor, over 1000-metres below.

Enjoy an unforgettable picnic under the numerous waterfalls and dramatic glacier. Take time to capture photos and explore behind the waterfalls to dip your toes into the icy water if you wish. Then jump back in the helicopter to continue back across Lake Wakatipu, landing in Queenstown.

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

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Overwhelming Beautiful day

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 the sound itself is also on a smaller boat (only relative to the huge ones there) so you're not overwhelmed with tons of people. It is a lovely trip and beautiful as well. From the moment we were picked from our hotel to drop off we were treated so very kindly, respectfully and with complete professionalism. Our pilot was phenomenal; a great pilot and good conversationalist, but also gave us time to ourselves. The food was great and the picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls can only be explained by saying overwhelmingly special. This is not something everyone gets to do. Extravagant yes, but completely worth it! Amazing pilot, food, staff. Could not ask for more!

Tracy C Woodlands, Texas
Amazing heli picnic surprise

The private picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls was really the icing on the cake of a surprise holiday to Queenstown for my wife and 2 young girls (4 & 2yo). Such an amazing experience. All the staff were so friendly, helpful and professional. Our pilot Craig was outstanding, talking to us throughout the flight, pointing out areas of interest, managing everything including my 2 young children with ease. After a magical glacial flyby we landed at Earnslaw Burn where the kids had such a fun time skipping rocks in the water. Craig setup a wonderful picnic for us and unobtrusively made himself scarce whilst we enjoyed and soaked up the scenery. Words cannot describe the majestic beauty of this place and whilst all the photos you will take will be stunning even they cannot do it true justice. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Sim Turner Sydney, Australia