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Heli-Whale Watch Explorer

Highlights
  • Depending on the season you might also see dolphins, orcas, blue whales and more
  • Afterward, take majestic birds-eye-view photos of the Kaikoura coastline
  • Catch a ride back to your hotel or to Kaikoura town after your flight
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Heli-Whale Watch Explorer
From $245.61
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30 minute helicopter flight to view whales and stunning views
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30 minute helicopter flight to view whales and stunning views
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30 minute helicopter flight to view whales and stunning views
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Overview
Marvel at Kaikoura’s local whale population from the sky on this short helicopter tour over the Kaikoura coast. Get impressive, head-to-tail views of the sperm whales that live in the Hikurangi Marine Reserve on this unique whale-watching opportunity, led by the only helicopter company that is certified by the Department of Conversation to carry out aerial whale-watching tours.
What to Expect
Arrive at our town office and enjoy complimentary transport to the helipads, located right next to the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary, home to a year-round population of sperm whales. You are met by our friendly pilots for a short safety briefing and information on the wildlife.

After the briefing, board the helicopter to start your amazing experience! Head out into the Hikurangi Marine Reserve to spot the magnificent sperm whales while admiring the gorgeous backdrop of mountains. Resident pods of dusky dolphins are found here, and Kaikoura is on the migratory routes for other species including humpback whales, southern right whales, killer whales, and blue whales depending on the time of year.

Once you have spent time with the whale, relax and enjoy the flight back along the rugged coastline of Kaikoura, enjoying the views and spotting any other wildlife that are in the area. Stunning vistas and photo opportunities of the Kaikoura Peninsula, Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, and the Pacific Ocean await you at every turn.

Your experience ends back at the helipad where our complimentary transport is waiting to take you back to town or to your hotel.
Reviews (7)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed April 13, 2018
AaaaaaaaaaMazing

Wow. Dan, Rachael & Yolanda were the loveliest staff but I'm sorry guys, those 3 Blue Whales stole the show. I've never been so close to such a mejesric creature. Watching these whales feed was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. We even...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Evelyn V
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2018

What an incredible sight to see THREE blue whales feeding!!! You really get to experience how impressive the animals are when you see them from above doing something like lunge feeding, we're so glad you were able to see it. We have had a very...More

Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile
Whale watching flight

Within the 30 min flight we sighted orca, dolphins, the hard to find Blue whale, and of course our favourite the sperm whale. Well done to Dan, Rachel, Mark and Zac for an awesome experience. Couldn't rate them higher. Very professional outfit and heaps of...More

1  Thank JulieB8396
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2018

Wow! That sounds like quite the successful tour! The marine life was definitely out to play that day! You are very welcome and we're so happy we could provide you with such an awesome experience. So lovely to have met you and hope to see...More

Reviewed March 26, 2018
There are no words

Absolutely fantastic, last minute booking and we were lucky enough to see the worlds largest living mammal, the Blue Whale. I don't think too many people can say they have seen one and it was so special. The helicopter was perfect for viewing the whale...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank AlexM12211
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2018

Fabulous! Thank you so much Alex for the wonderful review and company! We feel so lucky when the Blues decide to pass through our waters! Such majestic creatures to witness, the largest animal on the planet! Definitely a sight to see, you can now knock...More

Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile
Excellent trip with sight of 3 sperm whales!

Wonderful trip! Very interesting information about whales in general and the ones @ Kaikoura. Nice, friendly and very professional pilot Dan. Thanks to him we were able to see 3 sperm whales, which is exceptional. And we loved his respect for this gentle looking sea...More

1  Thank Jules5053
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2018

We're so happy you enjoyed your trip :) Thank you so much for flying with us and lucky you 3 sperm whales in one tour! Thats fantastic!

Reviewed February 21, 2018
Successful blue whale sighting

We booked this trip since we only had a few hours to spend in Kaikoura and did not want to get on a boat. It was only thirty minutes but we managed to see 2 blue whales and one fin whale. If you are not...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Ranveig B
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2018

It's defiantly the way to go when you want to make the most of your limited time in Kaikoura! Two blues and a Fin is awesome - Hope you got some stellar photos :)

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