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Heli Hike Middle Earth Waterfalls

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Experience an amazing Heli Hike in the stunning Middle Earth Waterfalls of the Earnslaw Burn with exclusive landing rights!

Board a privately chartered helicopter from Queenstown and fly through the Moonlight saddle over the Richardson Mountains to Mt Earnslaw. We will fly past the epic blue ice of the hanging glacier before descending to land on the valley floor, over 1000-metres below.

Begin our 1 hour guided hiking adventure in this magical location amongst the stunning waterfalls and dramatic hanging glacier. If you are a Tolkien fan, then you will be keen to walk in the footsteps of Bilbo on the unexpected journey.

Those who may not have seen the film yet will be equally impressed by the surreal views of rolling high-country farmland and native tussock fields that transform into glaciers and plunging waterfalls.

What You'll Get

We will pick you up from your hotel in Queenstown and drive to the helicopter base in Frankton where we meet our pilot for the trip. We’ll board our helicopter and start by flying over Ben Lomond and the Richardson Mountains to Mount Earnslaw.

You will enjoy views over spectacular peaks to the start of our hike to Earnslaw Burn.  We will be dropped off down the valley and get to experience a magical 1 hour guided hike to the head of the valley to view numerous waterfalls.

This is one of the most magical locations featured in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and we’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of Bilbo and his company of dwarves under the waterfalls of Middle Earth (seen when they depart Rivendell to continue their quest). Those who may not have seen the film yet will be equally impressed by the surreal views of rolling high-country farmland and native tussock fields that transform into glaciers and plunging waterfalls.

We will have plenty of time to get some great shots, at the end of the walk, the helicopter will be waiting for us in the valley floor and we’ll ascend 1,000m past the waterfalls and blue ice of the hanging glacier before flying back to Queenstown.

Upon landing, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Queenstown. This is a day your families and friends will be talking about for years to come!

Departure time options: On Request

Grade: Easy 

Walking distance: 1 hour

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

Season: October to May

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 3 people per booking (dependent on weights for the helicopter)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Round-trip helicopter flight from Queenstown
  • Private guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water

  • Gratuities

Departure Point
Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island

Traveler pickup is offered
Queenstown area


  • Frankton Airport, Queenstown New Zealand

Departure Time
9:00 AM

150 to 180 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Alpine Luxury Tours in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.