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Search and Rescue: Southern Lakes Helicopters supporting emergency responses

Fiordland is one of the most remote places on the planet. At over 12,000 square kilometres it is the largest national park in New Zealand and the Te Anau township is known as the gateway to the park. The landscape in Fiordland consists of snow-capped mountains, dense untouched rainforests and steep glacier-carved fiords, including two of the most famous landscapes in New Zealand: Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, which both bring in thousands of visitors…... Read more

Our Helicopters supporting critical studies in Antarctica

Antarctica – it’s a rough, rugged and dangerous landscape. It’s isolated, it’s quiet and it’s cold. Really cold. So, in 2012, when Southern Lakes Helicopters won the contract to send a small crew and a helicopter to Scott Base in Antarctica for a season, we were equally excited and nervous for the cold adventure. Cut to 2023, and Pilot Andrew Hefford is celebrating his 10th season of visiting the southernmost, coldest, driest and windiest continent…... Read more

Your Aoraki/Mt Cook Heli-Wedding

A wedding option that is sure to impress New Zealand's untamed landscapes have always captivated couples seeking a romantic and extraordinary wedding setting. Among these mesmerizing locations, Mt. Cook stands tall, inviting lovers to embark on an unforgettable heli-wedding. Discover the allure and enchantment of heli-weddings in Mt. Cook, offering a glimpse into a once-in-a-lifetime experience that transforms your special day into a spectacular adventure. Imagine whisking away to a secluded wonderland only accessible by…... Read more

Explore Mt Cook and Glaciers

Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Hauapa/Tasman Glacier Mount Cook, known as Aoraki in Te reo Māori, stands as the tallest mountain in New Zealand's Southern Alps. This iconic peak, reaching a height of 3,724 meters, carries a rich history and captivating geography. Aoraki, meaning "cloud piercer," has been a sacred site for Māori people for centuries, while also attracting explorers and climbers from around the globe. Its breath-taking glaciers and turquoise lakes make Mount Cook National…... Read more

Alps to Ocean Journey: What to Expect

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is not only the longest of NZ’s 23 Great Rides, spanning over 300km, but might also be the one with the most spectacular views. Starting from Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and journeying across the South Islands to the quirky coastal town Ōamaru at the Pacific Ocean, this trail truly offers it all. Broken up into 5 sections, Alps 2 Ocean can be conquered on a 5-7 day trip…... Read more

Ultimate Aoraki/Mt Cook Proposal Weekend

Celebrating your relationship and tying the knot with your partner or planning a proposal during a weekend getaway? Aoraki Mt Cook National Park is the perfect location for both and will aid with its stunning scenery to making it an unforgettable experience. Where should you stay? For an all-inclusive experience, staying at the Hermitage Hotel in Aoraki Mt Cook is the best decision you can make. Sitting in the heart of Aoraki Mt Cook National…... Read more

Abel Tasman to Christchurch Trip

All good things come in three, and our ultimate road trip guide for Aotearoa’s South Island is not exception to that. Drive through some of the most diverse landscapes, encounter spectacular marine wildlife and chase the adrenaline kick you are after! Nelson Our first stop of the trip’s last leg takes us to Nelson, geographically the centre of New Zealand. Famous for its sunshine, long golden beaches, and national parks, this is definitely a must-do…... Read more


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