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Southern Lakes Helicopters

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Address: 79 Lakefront Drive, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 249 7167
Description: 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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Whilst on our New Zealand adventure in December 2014 we decided to treat ourselves to one very special trip when on the South Island; it was a toss-up between a helicopter flight... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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north wales
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Whilst on our New Zealand adventure in December 2014 we decided to treat ourselves to one very special trip when on the South Island; it was a toss-up between a helicopter flight over the Fiordlands or a boat trip on Milford Sound. We are so pleased we chose for the helicopter flight, it was the best experience we have ever... More 

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Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Booked a flight and were picked up from the lawn of our b&b - we felt like film stars with our own private helicopter! I was apprehensive about flying but after the first minute in the air absolutely loved the whole experience. Our pilot Michael gave us a very smooth flight and landing on the mountain overlooking Doubtful Sound was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Sam took us to the roof of the south island in his heli. Fantastic experience. Reaching the spots where we landed would take you days of hiking.

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Paros, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We had flown parts of fiordland before but with Friends from Europe we wanted a coastal,mountain experience and we got the lot,on a trip designed for us by our extremely professional and friendly,informative pilot Sam Gawith.All people at the office were helpful and friendly. A simply wonderful trip with 3 landings in great places in perfect weather.

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Worcester
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125 reviews 125 reviews
26 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This was my first heli flight and what a awsome experience (awesome is not word I often use). I was speechless for most of the flight. I know it's expensive - for me it was combined xmas /birthday present. We took the 60 min Doubtful sound trip. The office staff were great - ensuring we only took off if weather... More 

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

Thank you for your great review, we certainly appreciate that you took the time to write it. Fiordland weather can often present challenges for flying and we like to think we can be very flexible and wait for conditions to improve to allow a quality experience. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the flight. Maybe we'll see you back... More 

Singapore
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This ride is simply a must-do. We did the Doubtful and Dusky sound scenic helicopter ride. The service was amazing. They were all friendly, warm and helpful. Our pilot, Mike Hayes, was awesome too. Quiet, calm, friendly. We got some good insights of the landscape from him. The flight was smooth with unbelievably stunning views all around. There was a... More 

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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 from your recent flight with us. The Dusky and Doubtful Sound flight is one of the most spectacular flights we offer and obviously you can see why. The scenery is amazing throughout and the landing locations give the opportunity for photos and also the glass of bubbly which you... More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The helicopter ride from Milford to the Glacier was mind-blowing. We could not take our eyes off the scenery that stretched out before us and below us. Don't hold back taking this trip, save your pennies, you won't regret it. Pilot, Sarah, was expert and professional for us two 'helicopter novices', and also pointed out the scenic sights while flying.... More 

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

I think perhaps you flew with Milford Helicopters - not Southern Lakes.... Regardless it's good to hear you enjoyed the experience. More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My husband and I have been fortunate enough to spend several wonderful holidays based in Te Anau, our favourite place in New Zealand, and we have made scenic flights with Southern Lakes Helicopters four times and will soon be returning in hope of doing another... The office staff are friendly and helpful, while the pilots are very experienced and knowledgeable... More 

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

Hi Fiona, Thanks so much for your great review. You have flown with us on several occasions now and we were thrilled when you were able to take another flight recently. Fiordland is such a special part of the world and pretty much sells itself, but to have people like yourselves making return trips it certainly confirms that a scenic... More 

Glentanner Park
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Our flight was amazing, we flew into Doubtful Sound and did two landings. It was breathtaking, the views were amazing. Michael our pilot was great, told us all about the sites we were seeing. One of our stops was Mt Kidd and it was stunning. Thanks very much Micheal for taking us there. The staff were amazing, as we arrived... More 

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

Thank you for your great review of your recent scenic Doubtful Sound flight. We are pleased you enjoyed the experience. The scenery is just spectacular isn't it. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had perfect weather for our flight around the mountains to Doubtful Sound. The pilot told us about the various landmarks, mountains, rivers and lakes we flew over. The landscape is absolutely breathtaking and the helicopter flight was the perfect way to see it. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to see Fiordland from the air. It was... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your flight with us. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience. I think the Doubtful Sound flight is probably one of the most popular of our scenic flights and you will now understand why. More 

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