• Explore Fiordland via helicopter – the perfect tour for any traveler

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Explore Fiordland via helicopter – the perfect tour for any traveler

Did you know that the Fiordland National Park is spread across an area of 12,607 square kilometres? That makes it the biggest national park in Aotearoa and also the 13th largest national park in the world! The glacier-carved fiords, steep and rocky mountaintops and mirror lakes are waiting for you to explore and discover them. To catch the best views and a once-in-a-lifetime moment, book a helicopter tour, suited for your needs and wishes! Budget…... Read more

The most instagrammable spots around the South Island

Aotearoa is world famous for its stunning beauty, untouched wilderness and photo backdrop opportunities that seem to be out of the world. We have listed our top 9 spots across the South Island that are definitely make up for an Instagram-worthy adventure. Nugget Point Lighthouse Location: The Nuggets Road, Ahuriri Flat 9271 Accessibility: A 1.8km long, slight uphill walk will take you out to the lighthouse, offering you stunning views across the ocean. However, to…... Read more

Hotspots for the Ultimate Outdoor Adventures on Aotearoa’s South Island

There is no doubt that Aotearoa/New Zealand is world famous for its beautiful and diverse landscape. But the kiwi ingenuity of creating new extreme sports and adventures will raise your adrenaline to a whole new level. We have created a list with our top destinations across the South Island with bucket list worthy experiences. Take in the stunning vista and the opportunity to learn more about this country’s history and nature. Queenstown Starting off strong,…... Read more

A Long Weekend Guide to Hunting and Fishing in the South Island

New Zealand’s South Island is home to incredible hunting and fishing opportunities, found across an unbelievable variety of vibrant landscapes. One moment you could be fly-fishing for trout in crystal-clear waters, and the next you could be choppered into a remote valley to hunt wild deer and tahr. While you could easily spend a week or longer discovering each destination, we’ve packed some of our top spots into this long weekend itinerary that winds its way south from the West Coast through…... Read more

Your Guide to the Ultimate Kiwi Fishing Weekend

Now that we’re in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 here in Te Anau and the Fiordland region, we’re open and operating again. And it means we’re able to get stuck into planning some exhilarating spring and summer outdoor adventures!  One of our passions is fishing - the quintessential Kiwi water-based activity that makes the most of our deep rivers, tranquil lakes and rugged coastlines here in New Zealand, and the bounty they have to offer. Southland and Fiordland fishing in particular is world-renowned: the crystal-clear waters in our part of the country provide an excellent opportunity for catching brown and…... Read more

A Snapshot of Sustainable Hunting Around the World!

When well-planned and conservation-friendly, hunting can be a thrilling hobby for outdoor adventurists and a unique way to see the world. Here at Southern Lakes Helicopters, we have a penchant for hunting in Fiordland National Park (with a permit from the Department of Conservation, of course!), chasing the white tails of deer within the monitored blocks of Stewart Island, and wilderness fishing for rainbow or brown trout in rural Southland.  We’re not able to get geared up and head outdoors for a hunting expedition right now; with…... Read more

Wild and Wonderful Fiordland!

Fiordland is incredibly beautiful with its impossible waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, glorious fiords and lush rainforest: it’s the ultimate wilderness. And this wilderness is where Mother Nature rules. So to experience Fiordland safely, you need to take heed of the conditions. Safety tips If you’re thinking of embarking on one of the epic Fiordland Great Walks and getting those absolutely gorgeous vistas, make sure you’re keeping safety top of mind. Southern Lakes Helicopters safety manager Richie Hunter (who has trained the…... Read more

The 4 Things this Safety Manager Needs You to Do Before Your Great Walk

Sit down with a cuppa for a chat with Richie Hunter and his easy, casual, and friendly manner wouldn’t have you thinking that he’s been at the frontline of major search and rescue operations in Fiordland. Richie wears multiple hats here at Southern Lakes Helicopters. One of his three roles is as Safety Manager, which sees him ensuring necessary equipment and procedures are up-to-date on a daily basis, and upholding a “positive safety culture” too,…... Read more

5 Surprising Facts about Fiordland That Even Kiwis Don’t Know

1. It’s even wetter than you thought.  Everyone’s seen the photographs of tourists in dripping wet raincoats on a big boat in the middle of Milford Sound, gaping in awe at the beauty of the place despite the wind and cold. But how temperamental is Fiordland’s weather really? The answer is very!  The summer months of January and February are the warmest across the country, but in Fiordland you can experience multiple seasons in one day. It’s also consistently ranked…... Read more

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

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 to the diverse nature of the landscape, from tranquil lakes to thundering waterfalls, the whole area is beyond belief. The flawless backdrop for every photo. So if everything is so picture-perfect, how do you decide where to focus your camera while also soaking in every moment of the experience? To…... Read more