My partner and I came to Kaikoura to see the whales but couldn't decide which company to go with. We checked out the boats first, then walked next door to the helicopters. Once inside we were welcomed by the friendly staff and one look at the photos on the wall and we decided that we had to go by air.
We initially planned on going on the 30minute flight but after talking to the pilots we decided to splash out and go for the Top n Tail option. After a briefing about the whales (which ones we are looking for, how to spot them and other interesting facts on the whales and the local area) we went on the flight.
We could not have hoped for a better experience. We saw two Sperm whales, hundreds of dolphins and a few minutes later we were standing on top of a mountain over 5,000ft above the coastline!! We could see all the way down to Christchurch and even up to the North Island with the ocean on one side and magnificent mountains on the other.
Our pilot Aaron was very friendly and informative and put any nerves we had at ease with very smooth flying (even though he looked very young!)
If you are in Kaikoura don't miss the chance to see the whales from the air and, if you have the money (its worth every cent), make sure you head into the mountains as well.
This flight was the highlight of our entire trip, thanks guys!!
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