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Southern Lakes Helicopters

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Address: 79 Lakefront Drive, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
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+64 3-249 7167

Based in Te Anau we offer an array of exciting helicopter experiences to...

Based in Te Anau we offer an array of exciting helicopter experiences to areas often inaccessible to most.Options include sightseeing, heli-hiking, photography, hunting, fishing, boat charters and personalised tours catering for families or small groups. Our dedicated team is committed to providing all our clients with a truly memorable helicopter experience to see all the World Heritage Fiordland National Park has to offer.

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Doubtful sound

We recently went on the doubtful sound trip with our pilot michael and had the most fantastic experience! If you are trying to decide whether to spend the money then dont... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Jo H
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We recently went on the doubtful sound trip with our pilot michael and had the most fantastic experience! If you are trying to decide whether to spend the money then dont hesitate. ...its worth every penny! 😊

Thank Jo H
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Come to visit family from wales and my auntie brought us to the lakes helicopter. What an experience! Our pilot was absolutely brilliant! Would highly recommend.

Thank Elinor G
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

I didn't want to spend the money but went along to be a supportive spouse. It surpassed our wildest dreams as the best helicopter ride we have ever taken and worth every penny and more. Incredible experience and way to see the Fiordlands like no other. We did the Dusky and Doubtful Sounds trip and the only other one that... More 

Thank ChicagoEllie
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138 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Our pics just dont do it justice. Scenic, informative and stunning. A must do for a family experience. No pushy sales after for pics just raw experience. We were upgraded to do the The Lord of the Rings Tour.....mountain landing, saw snow on peaks, hikers on the Keppler Range. Awesome. Thanks

Thank cookie077
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We loved our flight with Rod over Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound. Rod is a very experienced pilot who knows the area so well. We shared the flight with four others and all had turns at sitting up front but anywhere was a good seat. We landed twice - one at the top of the mountain where Rod very happily... More 

Thank monty20142014
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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105 reviews
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

We enjoyed a very unique experience thanks to Southern Lakes helicopters. They took us on a short (5min max) ride to the Luxmore Hut. We were traveling with our young girls and this was the only way we could hike on Kepler Track up to the Luxmore summit. The hike up is less than an hour and isn't easy but... More 

Thank BH136
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

My friend and I took a scenic flight with Southern Lakes Helicopters (Dec 16) and were blown away by the beauty of Fiordland. Our pilot was Rod and we took the tour with two landings and even as fellow Kiwi's we'd do it again tomorrow! Bloody stunning and extremely knowledgeable pilot. Hayley & Nick

Thank hayleymgolden
Bath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

First helicopter experience and I loved every second of it! 😍😍😍You get a completely different perspective of the national park from above, would highly recommend this to anyone

Thank Joel A
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Not a cheap experience, but worth the price to experience something different. We had booked the flight to Doubtful Sound, but due to bad weather, this was not possible. The company was nice enough to offer us an option to do a shorter mountain flight instead, which turned out to be a really great experience. The pilot, Sir Richard Hayes,... More 

Thank Jusong
Lisbon, Portugal
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

The first option was "the lord of the rings" but took instead the advice of the magic mountain tour instead (same price). The pilot is just the gout that you want to fly around with, full experinced. We landed onces was programmed, and the site was just to good to be true. The entire service was truly professional. So glad... More 

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