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Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown - with unbiased reviews

Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown

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Overview
Fly by helicopter to Middle-earth Waterfalls on this tour from Queenstown. Take in panoramic aerial views as you glide over Moonlight Saddle and the Richardson Mountains, 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 'Lord of the Rings' fans alike!
Highlights
  • 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
  • Have a gourmet picnic lunch and short walk at the Earnslaw Burn glacier
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.
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Important Information
Duration
2h
Inclusions
  • Round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (central Queenstown)
  • Picnic Lunch with choice of wine, beer or juice
  • Local taxes
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking in one helicopter (subject to weights)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 3 are free to travel and must sit on the adults lap
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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theoleomeo619 wrote a review Oct 2019
9 contributions2 helpful votes
Picked up from hotel and dropped at the heli airport. Our pilot was fantastic with so much knowledge of the area! Once we landed, had a beautiful 30-45min walk of the area and got to take in the serenity of it (even snuck in a proposal!) All in all, the experience was great!
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from alpineadventuresnz, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Hi Theo, Congratulations on your engagement in at the Middle Earth waterfalls, it was great to arrange this for you and all the best for the future for you both.
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Krista L wrote a review Mar 2019
20 contributions5 helpful votes
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this helicopter trip to the Mount Earnslaw region! The pilot was informative, excelled in hospitality and made us feel very safe and comfortable. The pilot even pointed out filming locations of scenes from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
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Date of experience: March 2019
Response from alpineadventuresnz, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 17 Mar 2019
Thanks for the great review it is such an amazing place the middle earth waterfalls. Hope to see you again soon
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Tracy C wrote a review Feb 2019
119 contributions56 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: January 2019
Response from alpineadventuresnz, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 17 Mar 2019
Thanks for the great review and hope you see you again soon in NZ for another adventure with us
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Kelly L wrote a review Jan 2019
1 contribution
This experience was exceptional and made you feel like a million bucks! The gourmet picnic was divine and to enjoy it amongst the most breathtaking scenery was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were taken great care of and were lucky to have the perfect weather and wind
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Date of experience: January 2019
Response from alpineadventuresnz, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 6 Feb 2019
Hi Thanks for the great review the lunches we provide are great and enjoye in many great locations we offer and even better with great conditions.
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lucaslcsv2 wrote a review Nov 2018
21 contributions6 helpful votes
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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 with good variety
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Date of experience: October 2018
Response from Lee S, Owner at Helicopter Picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls from Queenstown
Responded 8 Nov 2018
Hi Lucas, Thakyounfortnhe great review it was a pleasure hosting you for you holiday see you both again soon :-)
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Key Details
  • Lake Wakatipu, Alpine Luxury Tours
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 4 days in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
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