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Premier Helicopter Whale Watch provided by South Pacific Helicopters

Premier Helicopter Whale Watch

Premier Helicopter Whale Watch
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About
Soar above it all on our longest and most exclusive helicopter tour for an unforgettable adventure viewing amazing wildlife and scenery. This 60 minute trip over stunning Kaikoura takes in ocean and mountains in a one of a kind adventure that has you orbiting sperm whales and viewing marine life, then heading to the mountains for an alpine landing for the chance to walk around for incredible views in a remote and rugged location. Slowly orbit and view the entire whale on this extended tour with Kāikoura's only locally owned and operated helicopter company.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • 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: 1h
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 61930P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Scenic helicopter flight to view whales and other wildlife
  • Alpine landing high in the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, with snow landing during winter season
  • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight
  • Live commentary from our pilots
  • Round-trip transfer to and from town available, contact the reservations team to organise
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - South Pacific Helicopters
Duration
1h
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.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • All flights are subject to minimum numbers and weather conditions. 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 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • Scenic helicopter flight to view whales and other wildlife
  • Alpine landing high in the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, with snow landing during winter season
  • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight
  • Live commentary from our pilots
  • Round-trip transfer to and from town available, contact the reservations team to organise
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - South Pacific Helicopters
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
1h
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 minimum numbers and weather conditions. 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 6 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    617 State Highway 1
    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.
    See address & details
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    South Pacific Helicopters
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    On arrival to the airport you will check in and be taken through a briefing. Once the briefing is finished, jump in a helicopter and head straight out over the Whale Sanctuary and Hikurangi Marine Reserve for a chance to view the unique sperm whales. Viewing from a helicopter allows views of the entire whale and maximises time viewing the wildlife while minimising any disruption of their natural behaviour.  After enjoying time viewing the whale, fly along the magnificent coastline and the Kaikoura Peninsula, all the while looking for other marine life in the area like resident playful dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Head up next to the towering peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges for an incredible alpine landing. Get out and walk around on rugged pristine land with breathtaking vistas of the mountains, peninsula, and oceans from all angles.  Your experience ends back at the helipads.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Paul W
Auckland, New Zealand41 contributions
The Best!
Feb 2021
The whole experience was fantastic, from walking into the gorgeous log building to getting into the helicopter, to landing. Daniel was the pilot, such a nice guy, very professional We saw a whale and loads of dolphins before heading into the mountains to land at Lake Hapuku which had been created by the earthquake. The time passed so quickly, we could have flown all day. I would recommend this flight to everyone.
Written February 22, 2021
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Camper291461
Woodville NZ10 contributions
WOW ! A MUST DO .
Nov 2020
From the sea to the top of Mt Fyffe, a fabulous experience and highly recommend. From check in, pre flight safety briefing ,the helicopter flight, the very professional informative friendly pilot , it was just brilliant. Thank you team South Pacific Helicopters.
Written November 29, 2020
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Thank you for the review. Im glad you enjoyed your time with South Pacific Helicopter. I will pass the kind words onto the team.
Written December 22, 2020
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Corinnathekiwi
Honolulu, HI40 contributions
A once in a lifetime experience!
Jun 2020
I had the most incredible time on this tour! It was my first experience in a helicopter and i felt so safe and comfortable. The staff were so helpful and professional with helping me choose which tour to go on, I ended up choosing a whale flight, we saw 3 whales and hundreds of dolphins. Our pilot was so kind, we even got to go up to Mt Fyffe for a surprise snow landing! Absolutely made my day & i'll always remember it. This company goes above & beyond and I'd recommend them to all. Thank you again!
Written June 13, 2020
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Hi Corinna Thank you for the lovely review. It sounds like you had a wonderful time out flying. We are glad to hear you had a wonderful time with us. Thank you from the team at South Pacific Helicopters.
Written July 15, 2020
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Nick K
23 contributions
A unique experience
I absolutely enjoyed the experience. First off, the staff were very polite and professional. The flight was smooth and enjoyable. We were able to locate one large sperm whale and hover over it for plenty of pictures and video for all passengers. During which the pilot gave detailed information on the whale. The next portion of the ride provided amazing views of the coast and a landing on a mountain top, which was beautiful. Highly recommend a tour from this company.
Written March 4, 2020
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Thank you for your review and recommendation Nick. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the whole experience, we love being able to showcase all Kaikoura has to offer. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels and thanks again for flying with us!
Written March 5, 2020
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Michael O
22 contributions
Hellifantastic!
My wife does not like small aircraft or helicopters but knowing that I really wanted to go on this trip agreed to come. Dan was fantastic at putting her at ease and we both throughly enjoyed the experience. We were extremely privileged to see both sperm and blue whales and the photographs that we took did not do them justice. The cost of running helicopters is not cheap and as a result this an expensive trip but it was in our view a trip of a lifetime and well worth it. Once again thank you Dan for making it so enjoyable.
Written February 23, 2020
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Hi Michael, Thank you for your lovely review. How awesome to see both a Blue and a Sperm whale, we are so glad that we were able to make such great memories for both you and your wife. I will be sure to pass your kind words on to Dan
Written February 27, 2020
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Susan G
7 contributions
Su
Feb 2020 • Friends
Due to bad weather our whale watching sea tour was cancelled so we opted for a helicopter tour.
Pete our local pilot was fantastic, informative and great fun. He took us out to sea for the dusky dolphins but had explained we were unlikely to see whales so he took us over the mountains. The views were breathtaking, an unforgettable experience on a special day.
Would go again in a hearbeat.
Written February 16, 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review Su. We strive to be upfront and honest with our guests in regards to our sightings.We are so glad that you were able to fly with us and Pete could share his love for Kaikoura with you! The views are definitely breathtaking and we would love to have you back some day too!
Written February 19, 2020
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briancreedy
Blenheim, New Zealand3 contributions
Awesome
Feb 2020
I flew with Dan on the Ultimate Adventure Heli Trip. Not only did we see whales but we had an awesome flight along the coastline, over some of the rugged mountain ranges and back to Kaikoura. Dan was happy to answer any and all questions, and took photos for all his passengers. I had no doubt about his skills and competence as a pilot. Would recommend this as a must do trip, and bring your camera.
Written February 10, 2020
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Thank you for your review and recommendation. We are so glad you enjoyed the Ultimate adventure, it definitely lives up to its name! We will be sure to pass your kind message onto Daniel. Thanks for choosing to fly with South Pacific Helicopters!
Written February 11, 2020
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Peter Jan R
Noordwijk, The Netherlands113 contributions
Spectacular!
A great and unique ‘must-do’ experience. Everything was extremely well organized, pleasant and with the best equipment. Very nice people, and great service! The promise was more than delivered. We spotted four different whales, and the pilot showed us the whales from every angle, while giving us all kinds of interesting information. We also spotted a group of about 200 jumping dolphins, and finished our scenic flight with a landing on the top of Mount Lyffe, at about 1.600 mtrs, from where we had a magnificent panoramic view of Kaikoura, the ocean and the mountain range. Spectacular and worth every penny!
Written January 23, 2020
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Hi Peter, thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful and detailed review. 4 whales is incredible! Thank you so much for flying with us and we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around New Zealand.
Written January 23, 2020
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Fossiebeer
Northamptonshire, UK4 contributions
Excellent Heli Trip
Nov 2019
Thoroughly enjoyable trip flying in a helicopter, which for my wife was the first time so induced a bit of excitement on her behalf. The crew were excellent and very knowledgeable. First we flew to the top of Mt. Fyffe and took in the views until the whales were ready to re-surface and we fortunate enough to see both a sperm whale and a hump back whale. We saw what we came to see and the helicopter ride was an added bonus, highly recommended.
Written December 11, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're so pleased you both enjoyed the trip, and we were able to give your wife her first helicopter experience. Sounds like a wonderful trip and you were lucky enough to see 2 different species! Thanks again from the team at South Pacific Helicopters.
Written December 12, 2019
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Mombo1950
San Diego, CA9 contributions
Excellent helicopter tour
Feb 2019 • Couples
Dan, the owner, took us on an amazing whale watch trip. Not on,y did we see the sperm whale, he took us along the coast to see many dolphins. From there we flew through the valleys and pecks and landed on top of a peck to see a beautiful view of Kaikoura. We highly recommend this tour. You won’t be disappointed!
Written February 24, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to review your trip, and for your recommendation. Spermwhales, dolphins, and scenery- can't go wrong!
Written February 28, 2019
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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
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
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
Kelly G
Kelly G
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Perfect honeymoon experience
Amazing, friendly, knowledgeable crew that are experienced in giving their clients the best experience possible. Th
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
Linda1069
Linda1069
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Amazing flight and experience
We did the helicopter whale watch/hill top landing trip last week and this was absolutely amazing. The day was bea
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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