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Southern Lakes Helicopters

Address: 79 Lakefront Drive, Fiordland National Park 9640, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 249 7167
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Based in Te Anau we offer an array of exciting helicopter experiences to areas often inaccessible...
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Type: National Parks, Tours, Adventure
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.

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We arrived in Te Anau early afternoon and it was a beautiful day. We saw the helicopter on the dock (yes over the water) as we drove to our hotel. This was spur of the moment and we called and they had availability. We flew from Lake Te Anau to Doubtful Sound. Our pilot was Michael and he truly enjoyed... More 

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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Best way to see a snow covered mountain and glacier from above. The weather was fabulous. Well worth the money..

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Napier, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This 1 hour flight from Te Anau to Doubtful Sound and surrounding area was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. It was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. Flying by helicopter above the mountains and fjords of New Zealand was beyond my expectations. Michael, our pilot, was excellent. He was knowledgeable, friendly and very professional at... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The most amazing experience. We live in a truely awesome country. The team were easy to book through, very accommodating, excellent pilot who was very knowledgeable and appreciated the enviroment. Every moment, landing at a lake high up and hanging out with the Keas and Weka , flying above Sunderland Falls, cruizing up and down valleys and over peaks, built... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Spontaneous availability, easy booking, very private tour (only 3 passenger seats in this helicopter) of 2 and pilot Michael Hayes (skilled pilot, good descriptions, friendly, relaxed guy) Tour started in Te Anau and led us to spectacular views of both Sounds incl. landings on good spots to look around and get a feeling of the environment. Sutherland Falls are part... More 

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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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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
1 review
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 

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