• Flying in Fiordland

    A Southern Lakes Helicopters Travel Blog

Tales from the Sky – A Blog by Southern Lakes Helicopters

With more than 30 years experience in the aviation industry, and a passion for all things Fiordland, our blog gives you an insiders’ peek into what life is like from the skies. Whether it’s a recommendation for a two-night Fiordland itinerary or a story about the time we met Elijah Wood, you’ll find our posts unique, colourful and as kiwi as they come.

Your Must-Have Shot List: What Snaps to Take on the Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound Helicopter Tour These School Holidays

March 24, 2021

Talk to any traveller about their Kiwi holiday and they’ll say that exploring Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound was an absolute highlight. And little wonder; thanks…

What to see in the South Island – recommendations from a Fiordland helicopter pilot

February 25, 2021

The South Island of New Zealand is a place of spectacular beauty. With countless tranquil lakes, towering mountains, wildlife, hotsprings, and dense forests, it can…

Fun Facts to Know Before Flying Milford Sound

December 10, 2020

Our Milford Sound scenic flight takes you up close to vertigo-inducing fiords, hanging valleys, lakes and waterfalls, on an unbelievably large scale. An experience like…

9 Plants and Trees You’ll Find in Fiordland

January 27, 2021

The flora of Fiordland is a wonder. The dense rainforests are overflowing with diverse trees, shrubs, and herbs, not to mention some very weird and…

Flying over human history: Southern Fiordland’s ghosts

November 23, 2020

Wild and rugged Southern Fiordland is rich with history – this was the land of Māori, gold miners, whalers, conservationists, explorers and madmen! Our History…

Driving from Queenstown to Fiordland – Tips for first timers

October 9, 2020

When you’re this close to Fiordland, to what is described by Rudyard Kipling as the Eighth Wonder of the World, then making the most of…


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