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Southern Lakes Helicopters

79 Lakefront Drive, 9640, New Zealand
03 249 7167
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Ranked #4 of 23 activities in Fiordland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Minneapolis
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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
1 review
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
2 reviews
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 helpful votes 7 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

California
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29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

What a fantastic treat! Mike was our pilot and was very friendly and informative. We did the 1-hour Scenic Doubtful Sound Trip. It included two landings. One at Campbell's Kingdom, a Shangri-La with an alpine lake and waterfall; and Mount Kidd, a higher altitude landing with stunning views! I'm pleased that each landing was so different than the other. I... More

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

Awesome review, thank you so much for taking the time to post it. We aim to provide a professional service to all clients so receiving comments like this is great. The Doubtful Sound flight is one our most popular tours and you will now understand why. A helicopter flight during a stay in Te Anau is a definite 'must do'... More

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

A 40 min flight over mountain s with view to Kepplers hut and track, with a landing near a mountain top lake you would only ever get to in a chopper. Great service from all staff and a very informative pilot. Would higly recommend

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

Thanks so much for your review, pleased you were able to experience Fiordland from the air by helicopter during your Te Anau visit. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

They took up up to Luxmore Hut and we walked down the Kepler track to the control gates. They sent a van to pick us up from there and take us back to our accommodation. It was all very helpful and efficient and the helicopter ride was excellent. They would have booked the water taxi to bring us back from... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. The Luxmore walk is a great day experience while staing in Te Anau, helicopter transport to the mountain is the icing on the cake! More

Southampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

An absolutely fantastic flight out over Dusky and Doubtful Sounds with two stunning landings and glass of something bubbly thrown in :o) Despite the afternoon haze, I would not have missed this for the world. Stunning scenery and a wonderfully knowledgeable pilot, Andrew, who made the whole experience one certainly not to be missed. I would like to add that... More

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

Thanks so much for your comments, we are pleased you enjoyed the flight. We aim to provide clients with a memorable experience so it's good hear we fulfilled that aim. More

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