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About Milford Helicopters

helicopter-pilotMilford Helicopters is owned and operated by Jeff & Natalie Shanks in Te Anau. Chief pilot Jeff Shanks has been flying in the Fiordland area since 1986.

Milford Helicopters was formed in 1988 with one Helicopter based in Milford Sound, and in 1996 purchased a second helicopter which is also based in Milford Sound. The current helicopters are a AS350 B2 squirrel with a passenger capacity of six. The second machine is a McDonal Douglas 500E with a passenger capacity of four.

Milford Helicopters is the only aviation firm with an office and hanger buildings at Milford Sound  aerodrome. Milford Helicopters undertakes all types of helicopter work including:

  • lifting
  • supply work
  • passenger transport for fishing
  • passenger transport for hunting
  • passenger transport for tramping parties
  • film photography work
  • avalanche control work
  • scenic flights

Milford Helicopters conduct a lot of work for the Department of Conservation (Te Anau), Works Civil Construction (Te Anau) and the Hollyford Valley Walks. We have insurance cover as insurance certificate for five million dollars public liability.

Milford Helicopters holds a Department of Conservation concession for landings and work in Fiordland National Park - No. AS 37847

International Bookings

During our busy summer and winter months we strongly recommend that you make your flight bookings in advance to ensure that you are not disappointed. If we cannot fly due to adverse weather, we can transfer your booking to another base or another day. Alternatively, if you would prefer, we will refund you in full.

If you would like to make your scenic flight bookings from your country of origin, you can do this directly using our secure on line enquiry form, click here, or email our Flight Manager.