Southern Lakes Helicopters

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Southern Lakes Helicopters
English Title:
Southern Lakes Helicopters
First Established:
ICAO Code:
New Zealand


Narrative Summary

Unlike the other rescue helicopters in New Zealand, the service for the Te Anau and Queenstown area is not provided by a charitable trust but by a commercial operator – Southern Lakes Helicopters. These helicopters are dual-role commercial charter and rescue and so do not have a full medical cabin.

Southern Lakes Helicopters provide medical evacuation services throughout the Fiordland, Southland and Stewart Island regions. They are also well equipped for medivacs and rescues from the Southern Ocean. They are a certified Air Rescue and Air Ambulance operator and are on call 24/7. Given the remoteness of parts of these regions and the distance from emergency medical services, the service they provide is often critical. Being equipped and acredited to carry out missions using night vision goggles means they are able to respond to emergency situations both day and night.

Key Dates

1977 Southern Lakes Helicopters first established.
19?? First rescue mission.

Current Status

Southern Lakes Helicopters is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

Southern Lakes helicopters operate in an overall white colour scheme with a grey-red-grey fuselage cheatline.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopters carry New Zealand civil aircraft registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS350B2 1 1 0 Utility/Search & Rescue
Aerospatiale AS350B3 2 2 0 Utility/Search & Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350B2 1 ? current France
Aerospatiale AS350B3 2 ? current France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Southern Lakes Helicopters, Lakefront Drive, PO Box 156, Te Anau 9640, New Zealand.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helicopters are based at Te Anau Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


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