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Southern Lakes Helicopters

79 Lakefront Drive, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
03 249 7167
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Tours
Owner description: Based in Te Anau we offer an array of exciting helicopter experiences to areas often inaccessible to most.Options include sightseeing, heli-hiking,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

helicopter in and out with alpine landing to Milford Sound is probably a luxury option but definitely worth it. The most stunning views you won't see on land. Plus the stunning cruise of the sound is just fantastic. Highly recommended!

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review of your recent scenic flight with us. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your flight. More

Portsmouth, Hampshire
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My wife's great aunt was shipwrecked in Dusky Sound in 1910 and she was keen to see where it happened. Having contacted SL Helicopters from UK we had a very helpful reception who were interested in the reason for our flight and suggested we contact again when nearby. This we did and were received at the heli-pad at the edge... More

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

It was our pleasure to be able to fly you around Fiordland and especially to Dusky Sound so you could view the area that has so much significance for you. Certainly a trip of a lifetime. More

Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We recently traveled to NZ (24th - 31st) and spent 5 days in Te Anau, Fiordland District. I wanted to add something special to our holiday as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, therefore I got in contact with Southern Lakes Helicopters as I had been reviewing their proposed trips through their website. After several emails / discussions with Southern... More

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your fabulous review. It was our pleasure to fly you on your wedding anniversary and to give you such a memorable day. More

McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We did the 2 and 1/2 hour "The Works" and it was amazing. The staff was great in setting this up for my wife (her first chopper flight) and me, and our pilot, Michael, was outstanding. This wilderness area is so beautiful and so expansive that only a helicopter tour can come close to doing it justice. I've travelled the... More

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to post this great review. It was our pleasure to fly you through Fiordland and allow you to share this special part of the world. More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We were in Te Anau for a weekend between Milford Sound and Kepler Tracks and decided to splurge on a 60 minute helicopter ride over Doubtful Sound..Was fantastic! Pilot, Andrew, was friendly and obviously very experienced. Yes it's expensive, but if your budget can accomodate it go for it. You get to see some of Fiordland from a perspective you... More

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review, we really appreciate you taking the time to post this. More

Minneapolis
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

First off, there is absolutely nothing like getting in the air over Doubtful and Milford Sounds. It's absolutely breathtaking from the air and you won't soon forget the thrill. My issue with Southern Lakes Helicopters is that they're overpriced and not overly concerned about the customer. I came to New Zealand for work and managed to fit in a few... More

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

It is most unfortunate that we were not able to join you with a flight to Milford or Doubtful Sound during the short time you were in Te Anau. You are correct in your observation of our booking diary, for we did have a series of flights over those days. However none of those private charter flights went anywhere near... More

Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Went for a short flight in January from Te Anau across the lake and up to the top of a nearby mountain. Had snowed the night before so we had a snow fight and enjoyed the fantastic views across the fiordland. The pilot (? Michael) was fantastic and we picked a beautiful sunny and still evening to fly. This was... More

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

Thank you for flying with us, we were pleased to get you up onto the mountains and it's great to hear that you really enjoyed the flight. More

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It was a beautiful, calm, clear day in Te Anau, and rather than do the 4 hour return bus journey with boat trip to Milford Sound, I splashed out on the 90 minute scenic helicopter ride over the fiordland mountains, taking my mate Mike, as he is as scared of flying in helicopters as I am. It's not cheap, but... More

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for flying with us, good to hear you had a great time. A helicopter flight certainly gives you the best opportunity to view Fiordland. More

Merritt Island, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Michael Hayes, our pilot, provided a relaxed 3 hour helicopter tour of Fiordland, landing above Dusky Sound, in Campbells Kingdom of Doubtful Sound, and at Quill Lake above Sutherland Falls and Milford Sound.This is an Unforgettable experience as you hum above the cloud ladden valleys and see the hundreds of steep mountains, and glaciers. The photo opps are excellent and... More

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your great review, we really appreciate your comments. We aim to provide a friendly yet highly professional service to all our clients and to allow everyone to enjoy the fantastic scenery of Fiordland during their Te Anau visit. More

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I chose the one-hour flight over Doubtful Sound, which included two landings. The scenery was simply spectacular. It was a fantastic experience, and Michael was an incredibly knowledgable and professional pilot. The trip started and ended just a two-minute walk along from the i-site in Te Anau, so it was increcibly convenient. A definite must-do.

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SLHELI, Front Office Manager at Southern Lakes Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Te Anau helicopter flight and were able view the amazing sights of Fiordland. More

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