About Southern Lakes Helicopters

Company Profile

Southern Lakes Helicopters has provided high quality helicopter services in the Fiordland region for more than 30 years. We are based in Te Anau and owned and operated by Sir Richard and Lady Carol Hayes.

Richard 'Hannibal' Hayes.

Richard "Hannibal" Hayes, a pioneer in the Fiordland Aviation Industry and highly skilled long time operator on venison recovery, formed Southern Lakes Helicopters back in 1982.

Following the success of the Fiordland operation, in 2000, Richard and Carol formed the sister company Heliworks Helicopters. Based in Queenstown, Heliworks is also able to provide an extensive range of services for customers wishing to fly from Queenstown.

With a variety of helicopters, including Squirrels and R44 Ravens, Southern Lakes Helicopters offer numerous professional helicopter services ranging from high altitude and industrial helicopter operations to scenic flights around Fiordland and individually tailored hunting and fishing expeditions.

Our Mission

Simply to give you "a 'high' time with highly experienced pilots, and a high safety record".

Support Crews

Southern Lakes Helicopters can recommend locally based specialist personnel to assist in all areas of support. Be it for your filming operation such as: grips, casting agencies, accommodation and catering, or technical advice or equipment for a commercial operation, we are sure to be able to source a competent compliment to your team.

Hangar Facilities

We have hangar facilities available for overnight storage of rigged aircraft and for film and other sensitive equipment.