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Earnslaw Burn Heli Hike Experience - Glenorchy - 4 Hours

Earnslaw Burn Heli Hike Experience - Glenorchy - 4 Hours


  • Take a scenic helicopter flight with spectacular views
  • Experience an exclusive landing at Earnslaw Burn
  • Enjoy a guided hike along the Earnshaw Burn

Without a doubt the best way to experience the wonder that is the Earnslaw Burn, with its hanging glacier and cascading waterfalls, is this guided heli hike. Possibly New Zealand’s best-kept secret, there are plenty of spectacular views to admire at and on your way to this breathtaking location.

What's Included?

  • 20 - 25 minute scenic helicopter flight
  • Guided hike
  • Glacier-top picnic

The Earnslaw Burn with its hanging glacier and cascading waterfalls really is New Zealand’s best-kept secret, and this four-hour guided heli hike is the best possible way to experience it. Departing Glenorchy, you will take a 10 - 15 minute helicopter flight over the Dart River and Mt Alfred before touching down in the Mt Earnslaw basin. From there, your experienced guide will tell you tales and guide you through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. You’ll follow a meandering, glacier-fed river, and see an array of wildlife, tussock, speargrass and waterfalls before you reach a corner where the mighty Earnslaw Burn comes into view; a moment you will never forget.

As the hike continues, your guide will stop along the way to tell stories about the area, and give you ample time to admire the surrounding views and make the most of these rare photo opportunities. After one and a half to two hours of walking, your hike will conclude in the Earnslaw Burn, next to a tumbling waterfall and below Mt Earnslaw Glacier where you can enjoy a quiet picnic soak in the tranquillity of this breathtaking location. After your picnic, your pilot will return you to Glenorchy via a 1,000-metre ascent towards the blue ice of the hanging glacier.

Session Length

  • This experience is approximately four hours in total duration
  • Departure time is 10:30 am


  • This experience involves an easy-moderate hike, suitable for most people with a moderate level of fitness
  • For more confident walkers, there will be an opportunity to follow ridges, bush spurs and explore multiple river crossings
  • 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
  • Heli Glenorchy reserves the right to up-grade passengers or merge flights for operational reasons or flight management purposes if required
  • Occasionally flight paths or landing locations may alter at the pilot’s discretion


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

Minimum passenger numbers apply.


Spectators are welcome wait and watch you flight take-off and land from our hangar.


Flights are weather dependent. Weather checks are to be made one hour prior to departure. If we cannot operate due to weather and as a result, passengers are unable to fly, no cancellation fees will apply.

Dress Code

Wear sensible comfortable walking shoes, trainers or hiking boots Bring along or wear warm clothing, including a jacket. Remember to bring your camera, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent

This experience takes place in Glenorchy, NZ.

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