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.
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 RequestGrade: Easy Walking distance: 1 hourDuration: 2.5 - 3 hoursSeason: October to May