Chief pilot Jonathan Larrivee carefully closes the door on 4 big healthy kakapo chicks ready for their flight to predator free Anchor Island in Dusky Sound, Fiordland National Park.
Another wonderful season of summer activities draws to a close in the picturesque lakeside town of Te Anau. Te Anau has been buzzing with more visitors than ever over the last few months, and visitors and locals alike have made the most of the outdoors during our beautiful long sunny days . Thanks for visiting Fiordland. You should book your tickets, pack your bags and start planning your next trip. See you then!
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Things to do in Te Anau – Leave an hour or two spare in your schedule to drive 3 minutes from the town centre to this jetty where the locals play, and take a stroll along the lake edge to Te Anau’s park like bird sanctuary where you can view NZ’s famous endangered flightless parrot – the Takahe. This photo was taken in the evening with the sun setting behind the Kepler Mountains.
DOC Biodiversity Ranger – Hannah Edmonds on Pukenui/Anchor Island releasing one of twenty little spotted kiwi/kiwipukupuku – the return of these species marks the first time in over a century to Dusky Sound. Photo credit – Barry Harcourt.
Spectacular image from a family who chose Fiordland Helicopters Dusky & Doubtful Sound Gold Star flight to celebrate a birthday and a wedding anniversary last week. What a great way to celebrate a special day in New Zealand! Thank you to the Boyer family from Iowa, USA for the wonderful images and these kind words… “Thank you for an amazing birthday gift. We are in awe”, & ” Thank you for creating an amazing memory Jonathan”.
Department of Conservation “Southern Winds” skipper Pete Young, loads a storage shed onto HJO’s hook on a windy day in Dusky Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand last week. Jonathan slung the shed to nearby Anchor Island for the Dusky Sound Dolphin survey crew’s summer season.
Helicopter access to these remote repeater sites in the Fiordland is essential in the winter to keep these Department of Conservation and Downer EDI radio repeaters operational. Shown here under heavy snow in August, the Mt Hamilton and Mt Tindall repeater sites are both about a 15 minute flight from Te Anau and allow radio communications throughout the Te Anau basin.
Fiordland Helicopters, along with Fiordland Lodge, have partnered with the Fiordland Conservation Trust in sponsoring the “Kids Restore the Kepler” conservation project in the Fiordland National Park. This environmental restoration project is located within the Fiordland National Park on the Kepler Peninsular, across Lake Te Anau from Fiordland Lodge & Fiordland Helicopters.
The Fiordland Conservation Trust is leading this nationally significant project in conjunction with the Dept of Conservation (DOC) Kids Restore New Zealand and the Community Trust of Southland, involving local schools and kindergartens. The Kepler Peninsular, an area of 12,000ha, is bordered by Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri, the Jackson Peaks and the Waiau River, providing natural boundaries to substantially reduce the risk of pests re-invading the area. A string of endangered species inhabit this area, including kiwi, whio, kaka, kea, kakariki, robin, rock wren, mohua and weka along with native short and long tailed bats and invertebrates which are also vulnerable to predation. These native birds and invertebrates need more protection to ensure their long-term survival and to rebuild numbers to a healthy population. Kids Restore NZ is a programme under the Air New Zealand Environment Trust which concentrates on helping young people to develop leadership through involvement with environmental issues. All our local students will be involved in this project at varying levels during their schooling in the Te Anau basin. The project will be used as a context for learning over a wide range of subjects as part of school curriculum – an incredible way to learn in our beautiful environment. Kids Restore NZ has already contributed significantly to the set-up of this project, and will assist with the ongoing cost to maintain the project.