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Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch provided by South Pacific Helicopters

Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch

Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch
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  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Our office is located right in the centre of Kaikoura town from here enjoy complimentary transport to the helipads to receive a short safety briefing from our pilots, as well as information about the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary and the wildlife you can expect to see on the tour.   After the briefing you're ready to head out and explore what Kaikoura has to offer! View sperm whales and resident pods of dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Kaikoura is located on the the migratory routes for humpback whales, southern right whales, killer whales, and even blue whales depending on the time of year. You'll experience stunning vistas of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, as well as the Kaikoura Peninsula, and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean.  After a successful whale sighting fly along the coastline spotting wildlife including the resident populations of dusky dolphins as well as New Zealand fur seals  Your experience ends back at the helipad.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 61930P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Scenic helicopter flight to view whales and other wildlife • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight • Live commentary from our pilots • Round-trip transfer to and from town. Contact our reservations team to organise
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Duration
45m
Departure details
617 State Highway 1, Peketā 7374, New Zealand Find us at the Kaikoura Airport in our inviting log-cabin style Terminal Building for South Pacific Helicopters and Wings Over Whales. The airport is located an 8 minute drive south of town. If you require transportation from the town centre please contact our reservations team to organise.
Inclusions
Scenic helicopter flight to view whales and other wildlife • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight • Live commentary from our pilots • Round-trip transfer to and from town. Contact our reservations team to organise
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Departure details
617 State Highway 1, Peketā 7374, New Zealand Find us at the Kaikoura Airport in our inviting log-cabin style Terminal Building for South Pacific Helicopters and Wings Over Whales. The airport is located an 8 minute drive south of town. If you require transportation from the town centre please contact our reservations team to organise.
Duration
45m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Infants must sit on laps
All flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers. Please see our website for full terms and conditions
It is recommended to bring some warm clothing, comfortable footwear, sunglasses and camera
Our helicopter has a maximum of 4 passenger seats, if more people booking then they will be split between helicopters
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
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Kelly G
Inglewood, New Zealand17 contributions
Perfect honeymoon experience
Amazing, friendly, knowledgeable crew that are experienced in giving their clients the best experience possible. The flight was exceptional and we picked the perfect weather too. Thanks Dan and team for a life bucket list item being ticked off.
Written November 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
It was a pleasure flying you, thanks for your review
Written November 17, 2020
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Linda1069
Oamaru, New Zealand15 contributions
Amazing flight and experience
Aug 2020
We did the helicopter whale watch/hill top landing trip last week and this was absolutely amazing. The day was beautiful, and seeing a whale, the mountains and Kaikoura from a different perspective was great. Dan and his team were brilliant and we can highly recommend this company/tour. Thanks Dan, for an amazing flight.
Written September 1, 2020
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Hi Linda Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear you all had a amazing experience. I will pass the kind words onto Dan.
Written October 12, 2020
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BARBARA W
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
JUST DO IT !!
Jun 2020
WOW this a definate trip for EVERYONE'S Bucket List young or old. Totally amazing Admin & Pilot crew so friendly ,informative and safety 1st Priority. We saw heaps of different whales and dolphin pods.The view from the Helicopter was spectacular with vision from all sides. Landing up at Mt Fyffe Lookout and views along the Coastline also fantastic. We will do this again for sure. Truely Mindblowing. Thank You
Written June 10, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience flying with us. We look forward to see you again in the future.
Written July 15, 2020
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Emil
1 contribution
Awesome!
Dec 2019 • Couples
Cert professional staff, competent and fun! We saw lots of dolphins and a spermwhale, a really cool experience. Would recommend to anyone!
Written December 18, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review and recommending us. We love hearing what our clients think of our tours, and are delighted that you enjoyed the whole experience! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ!
Written December 23, 2019
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Cris M
Madrid, Spain23 contributions
Don’t think it twice. GO FOR IT!!
Dec 2019
Simply amazing . There is no doubt this is the best whale watching experience.
We were extremely lucky to see two humpback whales and the magnificent Sperm whale.
Pete was a very skilled pilot and an outstanding guide that undoubtedly contributed to the memorable experience.
Even if we wouldn’t have seen the whales, the ride would have been worthy.

One minute hurts your pocket, but you'll get priceless memories for a lifetime .
Written December 6, 2019
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Thank you for your kind words. We will certainly pass this on to Pete, who will be pleased to hear that you loved the experience. It's great to hear feedback that you valued seeing the whales from an aerial view, it's a unique perspective and one that means you can view the whale from tip to tail! Thanks again from the team at South Pacific Helicopters.
Written December 12, 2019
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Scott S
Colorado Springs, CO112 contributions
Spectacular!
Truly the best way to see whales! In no time at all we were above an enormous Sperm Whale and then a Humpback. After that, thousands of Dolphins. Dan (the owner) and Pete, our pilot, were both extremely friendly and professional. Absolutely a must do in Kaikoura!
Written November 20, 2019
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We agree! Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed the tour and how awesome to see both a Sperm whale and Humpback on your tour. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around New Zealand!
Written November 21, 2019
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Richard S
5 contributions
Memories for a Lifetime.
Booked the 45 minute heli safari whale watch. All the staff extremely freindly and made us feel very welcome.
Our Pilot, Zack, was brilliant, when we spotted the Whales he wasted no time time getting overhead. Circling these magnificent ocean behemoths he allowed us to get some great pictures. We spotted 3 Sperm Whales.....a never to be repeated experience in our lifetime. Stopped off on a hill top for a great photo opportunity of the mountain ranges and bay of Kiakoura, if you're down this way I highly recommend this experience. Memories for a lifetime.
Written February 21, 2019
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Its a completely different view watching the whales from above and it does make for some incredible photo opportunities of the wildlife, then the landing on the mountain is the icing on top of the cake! thank you so much for you review and flying with us!
Written February 28, 2019
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Chris M
1 contribution
An experience I’ll never forget!
Jun 2018 • Family
Dan is an amazing guide and pilot, very friendly and helpful.
The weather was purfect and the views were amazing.
We saw two whales within minutes of taking off, we then went up and landed on the hill for a view you’d never forget.
When visiting NZ this is a definite Must Do.
Thanks Dan & the team for a unforgettable experience.
Written June 25, 2018
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Thanks so much Chris! Sounds like a perfect day! We're always so glad to share the magic that is Kaikoura. The whales, the views, we live in a very special place and are happy to have provided you with such a memorable experience. Be sure to tag us in any stellar photos you may have got on your trip! # southpacificheli #southpacificwhalewatch
Written July 2, 2018
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216Gayle2
Greater Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
The highlight of our trip to New Zealand.
Apr 2018
Seeing whales was one of the main reasons we went to Kaikoura. Amazing time in the air,. We flew around the sperm whale. With the lower morning light we were even able to see the Sperm whale's pectoral fins, and the size of the head, something missed from the boats. A great pilot, he allowed other aircraft to come in but managed the timing to have us directly over the whale when it surfaced and again when it dived.
Written May 23, 2018
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It really is a unique and incredible experience to be able to view the entire whale- especially the sperm whales which are pretty unique (and weird looking) creatures! We are so happy you enjoyed your trip and to here this tour was the highlight is an awesome accomplishment!! Thank you for taking the time to review the tour and we wish you all the best for future travels.
Written October 31, 2018
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UkEagle
uk80 contributions
Amazing experience
Jan 2018 • Couples
Amazing time in the air,. We flew around three whales. With the lower morning light we were even able to see the Sperm whale's pectoral fins, and the size of the head, something missed from the boats. Cruising over the dolphins gave an appreciation of the massive size of the pods - again something missed from the sea. The landing was also great - at the top of the hill /mountains allowing a great panorama over the harbour. Significantly more comfortable than the plain and much better for photographers.
Written January 22, 2018
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What awesome photos! Its so cool to be able to see how whole whale, and see how tiny the pectoral fins are compared to the body. You're definitely right, you can't really appreciate the size and numbers of the wildlife till you see it from the sky, and the slow orbit of the helicopters is perfect for photographers like yourselves. We're so glad you had such a good trip, you guys were a pleasure to take out. All the staff were saying how you guys made their day! Thank you so much for your review and enjoy the rest of your travels
Written January 24, 2018
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Anneliesje69
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Definitely a bucket list hit. A must do.
Timing was impeccable - we saw two whales - and your service was super friendly and knowledgeable. Daniel you are a
janetd17
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Family
A wonderful trip to Mt Fyffe for the two boys. It was the highlight of their holiday. We went out over the ocean a
Antonia M
Antonia M
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amazing panoramic views
Took a heli flight up to the top of Mount Fyffe, over the ocean where we saw dolphins and then we flew through the
gladn2014
gladn2014
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Helicopter ride with a hot pilot
The favourite part about the experience was seeing a Blue whale. The Pilot was absolutely good looking and hot, whi
Paul W
Paul W
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The Best!
The whole experience was fantastic, from walking into the gorgeous log building to getting into the helicopter, to
Caggers1
Caggers1
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Best time ever!
We had the best time! Pilot Pete was a great guide. We saw heaps of dolphins, an albatross and a sperm whale. It wa
Rochelle771
Rochelle771
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Amazing helicopter tour
Amazing experience. Helicoptered up to Mt Fyffe and it was easily the best thing done all holiday. Pete our pilot w
GabrielS72
GabrielS72
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Bucket list for a paraplegic
This was an amazing experience, my older brother is a paraplegic but the guys here had no issues getting him into t
Camper291461
Camper291461
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WOW ! A MUST DO .
From the sea to the top of Mt Fyffe, a fabulous experience and highly recommend. From check in, pre flight safety b
Clintmi
Clintmi
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Awesome experience of a lifetime!
Most amazing experience to be able to see the whole whale from the air!! Awesome for the kids who throughly loved i
EvGib1
EvGib1
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Mind blowing experience for the whole family. Worth every cent.
What a great, mind blowing experience for our whole family. We were lucky enough to see 3 blue whales, all of us g
Lisa M
Lisa M
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Wow -awesome experience
I can’t speak highly enough about this experience. We went with the idea of a whale is a natural mammal and coul
geoles1953
geoles1953
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Whales from the air
My wife and I experienced a great morning flight seeing the whales from a plane The checkin staff were very friend
KeelyMaule
KeelyMaule
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Amazing experience
We did the Ultimate Adventure with pilot /guide Peter. Very well organised around when to see the sperm whale and t
ShaunandAdele
ShaunandAdele
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3 whales in one flight!!!
Dan and the team we’re just fantastic. Very professional, experienced and an awesome helicopter too!!
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