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Southern Lakes Helicopters

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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About Southern Lakes Helicopters
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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Overview
Departing from our Te Anau lakeside base, the journey begins by soaring over Lake Te Anau. Soak up views of the Hidden Lakes before flying above the local’s playground. We land at a mountain tarn with views over the Main Divide.

Once airborne again, you’ll fly over the remote Kepler Mountains before getting dropped off at the Luxmore Hut. The starting point of your hike. Soak up the amazing views from Luxmore Summit, before descending onto the shores of Lake Te Anau.
Duration of hike: 3 hours or 6 hours if you including additional Summit Track

Duration:
Scenic flight: 25min
Hike: 3 or 6 hours
Boat trip back to town centre: 10min
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Shaw wrote a review Jun 2022
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From the front desk to the pilot the experience was 1st class.Easy to book & know all about their area.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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KiwiNZExplorer wrote a review Mar 2022
Queenstown, New Zealand153 contributions150 helpful votes
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A fantastic adventure to enjoy part of the Kepler Track from Luxmore Hut, up to Mr Luxmore & down to the beach Lake Te Anau. Its a day of Helicopters, hikes, and boats. Great communication prior to the trip on how to prepare, we had to be nimble on the day of the Heli-hike due to some fog over the lake but easily fixed by the the Southern Lakes Heli's Team - they drove us to a nearby base for departure rather than lakeside. An awesome journey above the fog to My Maury - quick stop to check out the sensational views & some pics & then we headed to Luxmore hut. From the hut you hike to Mt Luxmore - about 2.5 hrs return, a short 20-30 min pit stop (lucky to encounter a cheeky Kea) back at the hut then a 2.5 hrs hike back through beautiful beech forest to the lake & a waiting water taxi. There is more to Te Anau then Milford Sound - don't get me wrong - Milford is pretty stunning, (my favourite sound is Doubtful) but this adventure gets you into quieter, more untouched parts of the country that is simply unique to other areas of NZ.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from Marleen W, Guest Relations Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Thank you for your review, fantastic to hear you enjoyed all aspects of our Heli Hike experience it is such a great day out! We couldn't agree more so much to explore in Fiordland.
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BambamNZ wrote a review Mar 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions1 helpful vote
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Even though my husband is terrified of heights he thought this flight was amazing! We covered so much territory and was a great way to see Dusky and Doubtful Sound while in Fiordland. All three stops offered something different and our Pilot Richard was great at allowing all passengers time to explore and take it all in before loading us back up to head to the next stop! Campbells Kingdom was incredible to fly into and we loved our final stop on Mt Kidd. Richard showed a high level of professionalism and shared his love of the area with us! Would highly recommend any flight with Southern Lakes Helicopters! The scenery of Fiordland is unbelievable so great to be able to see it from the air! Also very easy to get to for departure right on the waterfront of Lake Te Anau
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from Marleen W, Guest Relations Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Thank you for your review! Fantastic to hear you had such a great experience. We love showing Fiordland scenery to our clients, it certainly is a spectacular part of the world.
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Melissa R wrote a review Jan 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand30 contributions1 helpful vote
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Amazing trip with Heff as our pilot. Scenic views breathtaking & landings amazing. Views can't be seen anywhere else in the world.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from Marleen W, Guest Relations Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters
Responded 7 Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your flight with us.
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Phil Wong wrote a review Aug 2021
Havelock North, New Zealand826 contributions55 helpful votes
Absolutely best experience we've ever had. Having seen Machu Pichu, The Statue of Christ etc this helicopter experience absolutely surpassed everything and anything else we've done. The staff upon checking in for the flight, the pilot Jeremy etc were all extremely friendly and helpful. Our photos do not do justice to the feeling of standing what felt like the top of the world. The feeling of total amazement was worth every dollar it cost to do and I'd do it again when we can. This is an absolute must do and I'd highly recommend Southern Lakes Helicopters.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from Marleen W, Guest Relations Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters
Responded 26 Oct 2021
Thank you for your review! Fantastic to hear you loved our experience we would love to see you again.
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