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Itinerary
Get picked up in the morning from your Queenstown hotel, transferring to the helipad to begin your helicopter excursion. You’ll meet your pilot and get a short safety briefing before taking off for a day of adventure.

Start by zooming from Queenstown over Fjordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage area covered by rainforest and dotted with sparkling lakes. Make your first of three alpine landings to have a look around before continuing by helicopter on to Milford Sound, where you’ll board a boat for a wildlife cruise through this sublime outdoor area.

Travel past crashing waterfalls as you watch for Mitre Peak in the distance. As you cruise you’ll also search for seals, dolphins, and Fjordland crested penguins (seasonal). Disembark from the boat and travel by helicopter to your last stop.

Fly on to Earnslaw Burn, a favorite stopping point for fans of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Follow in the path of Bilbo as you pass beneath the waterfalls of Middle Earth (from the scene when the crew departs Rivendell). Even if you’ve never seen these fantasy spectacles, you’re sure to be awed by the impressive scenery of icy glaciers, tumbling waterfalls, and expansive fields of tussock.

Celebrate your day of fun with a picnic lunch before boarding your helicopter for the return flight back to Queenstown, arriving at 12:30pm. You’ll then be transferred to your hotel.
Locations visited
Milford Sound
Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Alpine Adventures
Overview
Pack your visit to New Zealand‘s South Island with adventure during this luxurious, 4.5-hour, excursion. You’ll enjoy a soaring bird’s eye views and three alpine landings during a helicopter flight, then cruise by boat past sky-high waterfalls searching for penguins, dolphins and seals in Milford Sound. Finish with one more helicopter trip to visit a filming location from ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ A picnic lunch is also included.
Highlights
  • Experience the incredible natural beauty of the South Island during this helicopter excursion
  • Skip the car and see New Zealand from a bird's eye view
  • Soar above scenic areas like Fjordland National Park and Milford Sound
  • Cruise the water of Milford Sound marveling at waterfalls and wildlife like dolphins and seals
  • Visit the filming location for a scene from 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch set amidst glaciers and waterfalls
  • Great way to see New Zealand from a different perspective
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
An Epic day - Sensory overload

This is easily one of the most attractive areas of the world I have ever visited. Both myself and partner where blown away and i would recommend anyone to do this trip with Alpine adventures. Our pilot was hugely professional, informative and friendly. The heli...More

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Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Matthew Thanks for the great review Milford Sound via a helicopter is amazing and a great way to see the amazing place if you don’t have much time in Queenstown

Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile
Great Experience

Me and my husband had a great experience with Alpine Adventures and our heli tour around Queenstown/Milford Sound. Everything went smoothly and Lee was very responsive at all times before our tour. We also did a wine tour/tasting on a separate day and loved it....More

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Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Hi Andrea, Thanks for the great review it was a great couple of days showing you around our back yard via helicopter and out on our wine tour of the wonderful wines on offer. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 26 March 2018
Sit back and relax! They will take care of you!

We booked two helicopter trips with Alpine Adventures! The weather preceding our trip was not good, and I was worried about our trips. Lee had everything planned and a back up plan to go with that. While the weather did not cooperate, we still got...More

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Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi Chow family, Thanks for the great review, The weather didn't play its part for the Mt Cook or Franz trip for the heli hike BUT we had the pleasure of taking you to the Earnslaw Burn Glacier heli Hike which is a great option...More

Reviewed 13 February 2018
Exceeded expectations

It was the first time we had ever been on a helicopter and the scenery was amazing! Our pilot/guide was very knowledgeable and made the experience even better. This tour was the highlight of our trip with the picnic at Earnslaw Burn just incredible, a...More

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Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Hi Elena, Thankyou for the wonderful review, its a truly magic location in at the Middle Earth waterfalls and we are lucky to have this in our backyard, we are glad to hear it was the highlight of your trip .

Reviewed 17 December 2017
Extraordinary Tour

I decided to a private tour as we were 5 and my father has limited walking. All day was amazing and adjusted to our requests. Lee has been a great and had well knowledge about all things around. We decided to come back in the...More

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Lee S, Owner at Alpine Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Hi Bernie, It was so lovely to meet you wonderful family on the private trip we did to Milford sound and it was great to see you family enjoyed your private Helicopter flight back from Milford sound to see the wonders the Fiordland National Park...More

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