• Care for the Environment

Care for the Environment

Southern Lakes Helicopters are strongly committed to the protection of our unique environment and are responsible in the use of natural resources. Sustainability is an integral element of everything we do. Working in a sustainable manner is an ongoing journey, that will improve with time and experience. We are proud to work together with DoC, Antarctica New Zealand and NIWA supporting scientific research and combining our effort to protect and look after the environments of New Zealand, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica.


Care for the Environment

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Meaning guardianship, care and protection. It provides a basis for our approach to sustainably managing our natural, cultural and built environment for current and future generations.


Which implies a reciprocal responsibility upon a host, and an invitation to a client or visitor to experience the very best we have to offer.


As an official member of Tourism Industry Aotearoa we are excited to have joined the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, which strives to see every NZ tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025.

Recently we took part in the Murihiku Sustainable Tourism Pilot Program where we looked at the importance of Sustainability, regeneration and Net Zero, Climate Change, Greenhouse gasses and measured our carbon footprint. We worked through the calculation to measure our carbon footprint, this considered fuel, electricity, refrigeration, travel, freight, wastewater and waste produced. As a result we have started by reducing what we can in our daily operations and are excited to have added a Eurocopter EC120 to our fleet. The aircraft is designed to be environmentally friendly and is the quietest in its class, reinforcing our commitment to protecting our unique environment and sustainable tourism. If you would like information on our efforts or the carbon footprint of your flight please get in touch with the team.


We also adhere to the Tiaki Promise, which is a commitment to care for New Zealand for now and for future generations. By following the Tiaki Promise, we are committed to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.


We strive to maintain green practices in our everyday operations through the little things, such as using energy sources in an efficient manner, reducing our waste with recycling, digital vs paper, eco-friendly cleaning products, as well as protecting sensitive and native vegetation and wildlife when considering flight paths and landing zone.