Southern Lakes Helicopters
Southern Lakes Helicopters
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

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Travellers' Choice
2024

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mscott114
Fort Worth, TX20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This Fiordland Heli-hike was a highlight of our New Zealand trip. The staff at Southern Lakes Helicopters were wonderful to work with, and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in a great experience like this. They were very prompt in responding to every communication and question, and we had several! Katerina and Brittany were both particularly helpful. This was our first experience with a helicopter trip, and it could not have been any better. The hike down from Luxmore Hut was beautiful, and the water taxi met us right on time at the end. If you're thinking about doing this, then stop thinking and just do it!

A couple of days after this excursion we were taking a daytrip to Mt Cook that also included a long hike. Unfortunately, that morning I was experiencing some knee pain and decided not to attempt the hike. At the very last minute, while on the bus to Mt Cook, I contacted Brittany again and asked if they could arrange a trip for us from their office at the Mt Cook airport. She very quickly coordinated a reservation there and arranged a flight that took us to the Tasman Glacier. It was fantastic.

The pilots at both locations were lots of fun, but obviously very focused on our safety as well as our enjoyment. We did both trips while staying in Queenstown and just transferred by bus to the two locations. No need to rent a car. Thank you again to Southern Lakes for a wonderful couple of days!
Written 24 June 2024
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sweet597410081
Broome, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
It was definitely a surprising trip! Thanks so much for the Southern lake helicopter for this amazing ride! It took around 45min and we stopped on the Kepler mountain for around 10min to rest and took photos. How sweet was the pilot that after landed he walked in the snow to create a track so that we would not sink in the snow and get cold feet. The life-time experience is unforgettable, flying with all the surrounding snow mountains, which is totally different from the on-land perspective. One must-do thing when you are travelling in Te Anau!
Written 12 June 2024
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JeffMCalgary
Calgary, Canada57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had an amazing tour of Doubtful and Dusky Sounds with amazing pilot Ben. He landed us in three amazing spots high above the fiords. We were so fortunate to have beautiful early fall weather for tjis flight. Would definitely recommend this flight. It was a once in a lifetime experience for sure.
Written 6 March 2024
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Sue T
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent flight with Ben today. Beautiful sunny day to enjoy the views. Loved the two landings. Highly recommend this longer flight.
Written 29 February 2024
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Christine8046
Switzerland54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Today we had a 2.5 hours sunny flight with Matt from Southern Lakes Helicopters. Awesome, great, spectacular. Wonderful flight, clear skys. Altough there was wind we had a rather steady and quiet flight. Matt did a wonderful job. We stopped 2 times in very isolated spots with tremendous views. The only way of really seeing the vast land. We enjoyed it incredibly. Yesterday Mike picked the four of us up from our overnight tour in Doubtful Sound. That was awesome too. And Mike was hery helpful.
Written 22 February 2024
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Malte K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What an unforgettable tour! Thank you very much to our pilot Mike!
Wochenende booked it very spontaneous and they made it possible to go right away! Very lovely and friendly service. Can totally recommend it!
Written 11 February 2024
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Ahmet S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I had an unforgettable 1 hour 45min “Dusky Doubtful Sound” flight with 2x landings on my last day in Te Anau. Their office was actually nearly closed in the late afternoon and the heli had left for refuelling, but the nice lady called it back and made it work. Their aircraft was pretty new and modern. Didn’t vibrate like many other helicopters, so you could film properly. And the pilot Paul is very experienced and friendly person, who knows the area very well. Thank you to everyone.:)
Ahmet Yaltirakli
Written 4 February 2024
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JoS
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A flight with Southern Lakes Helicopters is the ultimate experience and without any doubt the best way to see the Fiordlands area. I have been to New Zealand a few times and this is my favourite excursion of all.
We had superb weather for our flight which departed from Te Anau and followed the lake and mountains down towards the coast and Milford Sound. We landed at a remote lake high in the mountains for our picnic, I forget the name of it but the views were breathtaking! And a picnic in such remote beauty is a top 10 life experience to remember!...The food was also very tasty!
Our flight then continued on to Milford. You get a much larger perspective of this region from the air, it is EPIC! The mountains, the lakes, valleys, there is so much more to it than you can imagine, or experience from travelling the Milford road and cruising the sound.
We had another alpine landing above the lake that fed Sutherland falls. Our pilot, Matt was superb! Very knowledgeable, he did tell us the name of the lake, but again I forget! Or it may have been the excitment of being joined by a cheaky Kea that I just didn't hear!
If you are visiting the Fiordlands area I strongly recommend a trip with Southern Lakes Heli's. The staff are very welcoming and friendly and they really know how to show off the jawdroppingly beautiful scenery that is on offer.
Written 9 January 2024
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Joshua L
New York City, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was one of the best experiences of my life. Our Pilot Ben was amazing, the office staff were really nice! The views were incredible. Landing on untouched areas and walking around is fantastical. It seriously did not feel like real life.
Written 17 December 2023
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Such a fabulous review, thank you for taking the time to write this and very pleased you enjoyed your flying experience with Ben.
Written 9 January 2024
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Coastal42841459796
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Wonderful. Gorgeous
Wish to come back with friends
Such a smooth ride both up and down
The cruise was simply superb
The waterfalls looked elegant and majestic
Written 5 December 2023
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Fantastic image you have captured on the glacier, thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Written 9 January 2024
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