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Earnslaw Burn Explorer

Earnslaw Burn Explorer

This incredible helicopter experience takes you to our exclusive landing site – the mighty Earnslaw Burn and one other incredible landing location.


NZ$ 990

per person


  • Experience two landing locations – including landing in the famous Earnslaw Burn valley floor

  • See the immense wall of waterfalls in the Earnslaw Burn and the blue ice of the hanging glacier

  • Views of the historic Skippers Canyon and Lake Whakatipu


Full Description

Ready to have some fun? Let’s fly over Skippers Canyon and touch down in the mighty Earnslaw Burn. Explore the wonders of the basin and then we’re off again! Time for our second landing above rustic Glenorchy before soaring back home.

We have designed this flight to show off the beauty and serenity of this spectacular area.

To get to our first landing, we soar through the Moonlight Saddle and over historic Skippers Canyon before sweeping by impressive Mt Earnslaw. We touch down in the majestic Earnslaw Burn valley floor – where only Heliworks is permitted to land – to stand beneath cascading waterfalls and view the towering hanging glacier above. In the warmer months, countless waterfalls greet you, gushing out of the pristine ice. During winter, the waterfalls are fewer, but the glacier is grander, swollen with snow.

It’s time to jump back in the helicopter for our second landing. We weave our way towards the rustic township of Glenorchy at the top of Lake Whakatipu. We climb steadily as the pilot calculates the best place to set down that day. Landing on a mountain top, you can fully appreciate the rugged beauty of the region before we take off down the lake, heading back home.

The Earnslaw Burn has been featured on:

Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit

Travel Guides Australia


The Summit 


*In winter months (June – August) the Earnslaw Burn does not have as many fast flowing waterfalls compared to our spring and summer months (September – March). It is still a stunning and magical location to visit during winter as there is usually extra snow coverage on the glacier and throughout the valley.


75-minute Scenic Flight

2 Incredible Landings

Views of glacial blue ice

Meeting Point

Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure at Heliworks Queenstown, 64 Grant Road, Frankton Queenstown 9304. 

We can also pick you up from Queenstown Central outside Alpine Supermarket on Athol Street, Queenstown Central. Please indicate at the time of booking if you need to be picked up. You'll need to meet at this departure point 30 minutes prior to your flight time.

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

• All prices quoted are valid until 30th September 2024 • Prices are quoted per person in NZ currency. They are inclusive of GST. • A minimum of two passengers are required for most scenic flights. • Any cancellations made within 24 hours of departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee. If passengers ‘no-show’ for a flight, 100% of the fare will apply. If we cannot operate due to weather and as a result, passengers are unable to fly, no cancellation fees will apply. • Flights depart on demand and are subject to availability. • Flights depart from our base in Queenstown. • Children and infants must be accompanied by a full fare paying adult. • For the purpose of aircraft weight and balance and in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority rules and regulations, we require all passenger weights at the time of booking. Once we have received and reviewed this information we will be able to confirm the booking. • We reserve the right to change prices at any time without further notice.

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NZ$ 990

per person

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64 Grant Road, Frankton, Queenstown, New Zealand, 9304
Earnslaw Burn Explorer

Earnslaw Burn Explorer

This incredible helicopter experience takes you to our exclusive landing site – the mighty Earnslaw Burn and one other...Show More
Adult: $990
(12+ years)
Child: $695
(3 - 11 years)
Infant: $495
Duration: 1 Hours 13 Minutes

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