• Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and Fishing

Fiordland is famous for its excellent hunting opportunities, and Southern Lakes Helicopters are able to help you plan your dream hunting trip. Our experienced staff can offer advice on all aspects of the trip, and we are able to offer competitive prices using locally-based, highly experienced pilots.

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Hunting of wapiti is possible throughout the year, except for the bugle period from mid-February until around the middle of April, when the wapiti area is subject to a ballot. The wapiti area is divided up into 25 blocks for the bugle period, and only parties which are successful in the ballot may hunt. To enter the draw and for all the information on ballot, entry visit The Wapiti Foundation.




Red Deer

Red deer hunting is good from September on, but the stags are in velvet until about February. Our pilots are happy to share their local knowledge to make your trip as successful as possible. Get in touch for information on landing spots, camping sites, accessibility, etc., and for specific pricing for your hunting party plans.

Permits are required for hunting in the National Park and these are available from the Department of Conservation.





River fishing wherever the fancy (helicopter) takes you, Fiordland and Southland are famous for offering some of the best brown and rainbow trout fishing experiences in the world! Amongst the grand mountains and emerald rainforests of Fiordland, pristine rivers offer keen fishermen the opportunity to experience true wilderness fishing. Downstream, these rivers abound with hearty fish stock, providing exceptional opportunities for fishing amongst the spectacular scenery of Fiordland and rural Southland. Let us transport you to some of the best and most remote fishing locations, both in and outside Fiordland National Park. Our experienced and knowledgeable pilots will work with you to ensure you are able to get the most out of your fishing adventure, so please get in touch.



Fiordland is a wild and remote, with its spectacular mountains, valleys and fiords. With this kind of terrain, the weather is highly changeable, the footing can be unstable, and disorientation is common. Planning your trip and taking the right supplies is critical. Mountain Safety has some great information – including guidelines for trip planning and for clothing and gear, such as carrying a personal locator beacon (PLB).