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Kaikoura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch provided by Kaikoura Helicopters Ltd

Kaikoura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

Kaikoura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
6
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 245011P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Scenic helicopter excursion to view sperm whales and wildlife
  • View from above Kaikoura’s deep-sea canyon while searching for a Giant Sperm Whale
  • Explore the unique and rugged Kaikoura Coastline
  • Live commentary from our pilots who are flying encyclopedias on the local area.
  • Headset with microphone to clearly hear your commentary and ask questions on your journey
  • Unique and uninterrupted views of magnificent marine mammals from above in your luxury helicopter
Duration
30m
Departure details
  • 16 West End, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand Kaikoura Helicopters is situated under the rail bridge on the main street of Kaikoura. Look for the whales on the windows and the smiling staff on the reception.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • A headset is provided with a microphone for communicating with your pilot
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please call 24 hours in advance to reconfirm your booking +64 3 319 6609
  • We recommend wearing covered shoes and bringing a warm jacket
  • We recommend bringing your camera and sunglasses
  • All passengers will be weighed before departure
  • Your pilot in command will load helicopter based on weight and balance
  • All flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers. Please see our website for full terms and conditions
  • If the weather does not allow you to fly, we will be happy to rebook you for a later time if your travel schedule allows. Alternatively your voucher can be used at one of our other helicopter bases in Wellington or Christchurch
  • 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 excursion to view sperm whales and wildlife
  • View from above Kaikoura’s deep-sea canyon while searching for a Giant Sperm Whale
  • Explore the unique and rugged Kaikoura Coastline
  • Live commentary from our pilots who are flying encyclopedias on the local area.
  • Headset with microphone to clearly hear your commentary and ask questions on your journey
  • Unique and uninterrupted views of magnificent marine mammals from above in your luxury helicopter
Departure details
  • 16 West End, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand Kaikoura Helicopters is situated under the rail bridge on the main street of Kaikoura. Look for the whales on the windows and the smiling staff on the reception.
Duration
30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • A headset is provided with a microphone for communicating with your pilot
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please call 24 hours in advance to reconfirm your booking +64 3 319 6609
  • We recommend wearing covered shoes and bringing a warm jacket
  • We recommend bringing your camera and sunglasses
  • All passengers will be weighed before departure
  • Your pilot in command will load helicopter based on weight and balance
  • All flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers. Please see our website for full terms and conditions
  • If the weather does not allow you to fly, we will be happy to rebook you for a later time if your travel schedule allows. Alternatively your voucher can be used at one of our other helicopter bases in Wellington or Christchurch
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    16 West End
    16 West End, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand
    Kaikoura Helicopters is situated under the rail bridge on the main street of Kaikoura. Look for the whales on the windows and the smiling staff on the reception.
    See address & details
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    Kaikoura
    Stop: 30 minutes
    This helicopter tour departs from our beachfront heli-pads and within minutes you'll be in the spectacular environment that plays host to one of the world's largest marine mammals, the magnificent Sperm Whale. From the comfort of our helicopter, you will enjoy the ultimate whale-spotting experience. Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of Kaikoura Peninsula. See the seal colonies along the rocks at the end of Kaikoura Peninsula. There is a possibility of seeing dolphins, baleen whales migrating through, and humpback whales on their way back and forth from their feeding grounds down near Antarctica, to their birthing and breeding grounds in Tonga/Niue in May/Nov We operate under the strict guidelines of our whale watching concession from the Department of Conservation whilst also abiding to the Marine Mammals Protection Act
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Ray C
London, UK200 contributions
We had an amazing time with Jordan H as our pilot. Jordan was fantastic, knowledgeable about the area and an excellent pilot. If you are nervous about flying in a helicopter Jordan will put you completely at ease with his skills. We were lucky enough to see two whales, one diving, the seal colony and also a pod of dolphins.
Written July 20, 2021
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Kaikoura H
Hi Ray, thankyou for your review. Enjoy the rest of your extended holiday and we hope to see you next time you pass through Kaikoura!
Written July 22, 2021
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bill & Robyn
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions
Had a wonderful flight experience that I would recommend to all who visit Kaikoura. Really good staff that make you feel welcome in all parts of the process. Gordon the pilot was very helpful and professional in all aspects of the flight.
Unfortunately we did not see a whale as we only had 30 minutes and the whales can dive for up to 45 minutes. Still the flight out and back was magical. The views of the peninsula are spectacular as are the views of the Alps.
I would recommend spending the time and money on this experience.
Written May 10, 2021
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Thanks for your kind review! we are glad you enjoyed your trip and hope to fly you again in future.
Written May 11, 2021
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JohnTheWine
Waimate, New Zealand77 contributions
From the moment we met Aaron (our Pilot) we two old pensioners were confident that this flight was going to be great. Neither of us had ever flown in a Helicopter or seen a Whale before so this was to be an experience of our lifetime. We booked the half hour flight and, after an excellent safety briefing by Aaron, we took off from Kaikoura on a hot sunny afternoon. We saw a massive 18 metre Sperm Whale and plenty of Dolphins and had a great time. Can't stress enough the relaxation that Aaron gives you to be able to fly in a helicopter for the first time. Would we go again - you betcha!! Worth every dollar we paid - just do it and you won't regret it!! Best regards to Aaron and Fiona from John and Lyn Hamilton-Cowburn
Written March 14, 2020
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waihoueng
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
were booked on a 10am flight but told because of low cloud could not fly till 2pm.At 2pm we flew but the whales had moved south out of our flying time so we saw nothing.Very good pilot which tried hard and told us he had been flying all day and had seen whales. We were ripped off $700.00 shame on you Kaikoura Helicopters
Written March 10, 2020
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We are extremely sorry to hear your thoughts on your experience here with us at Kaikoura Helicopters, this is definitely not the kind of review we expect to receive from our much valued guests as we strive to give our clients the best experience possible. Unfortunately, on this day we had to postpone your flight in the morning due to the low cloud which prevented all aviation companies in Kaikoura from flying. We rescheduled your flight to mid-afternoon to allow plenty of time for the weather to clear. The weather cleared earlier than expected so we flew another group that was pre-booked for 1pm that day before your flight at 2pm. As the whales here in Kaikoura are wild animals in their own natural environment, unfortunately we cannot guarantee sightings on our trips. We are very clear with all of our passengers during our pre-flight briefing that we cannot guarantee sightings of whales. On your trip the pilot tried his best to find the whales, he worked in with the boats and other aircraft that were also searching and flew for an extended time but unfortunately the whales did not come up during that time. We sincerely apologize that you feel disappointed with your experience, if you find yourselves visiting Kaikoura again please do make contact with us and we will see what we can do to get you out on another flight. Kind regards The Kaikoura Helicopters team
Written March 12, 2020
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roseG2540TO
1 contribution
Only a few minutes into the heli ride & we spotted a teenage whale. We were given the option to then go view dolphins but we chose to stay in the hope of seeing another whale - boom saw our second whale. Great way to view whales, dolphins, seals & the beautiful coast of Kaikoura. Do it.
Written June 2, 2021
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aamurray2017
Timaru, New Zealand2 contributions
took a flight to view whales off the Kiakoura coast. After a safety briefing with our pilot Aaron we were off.Heading out Aaron gave us a run down on what to expect.Once we found the whales we circled above them turning in different directions so everyone on board got a good view.Amazing animals to watch .Spent about 20 mins out by whales before heading back in .spotted a huge pod of dolphins which Aaron followed for a short period of time .we then had the surprise experience of landing on top of Mt Fyffe,what a view!! Headed back to base. we were gone for close to an hour Instead of the 30 mins we expected.A trip we wont forget.Thanks to our pilot and Kiakuora Helicopters.
Written September 24, 2020
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Jodi R
1 contribution
What an amazing experience. The team were friendly and experienced and put my girls minds at ease. It is a lifelong memory for my girls made even better by seeing a blue whale! Would recommend to anyone and will use again in the future.
Written January 11, 2021
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Thanks for the review! Happy to hear you all had a great time.
Written May 11, 2021
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katarina5609
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
amazing!!! loved every minute. No Whales but the customer service we received from Aaron was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and made us feel comfort flying around the Kaikoura coastline and landing on a hill. Thank you for a great flight that we will always remember.
Written February 15, 2020
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340nico
1 contribution
We really liked it. The helicopter was nice an funky. The pilot very professional. The lady at the office very friendly and helpful. The whale amazing, the landing exiting, the landscapes from above to die for.
go go go !!! Mikel & Nico
Written February 26, 2020
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Kaikoura H
Thank you for your great review Mikel & Nico. We are so pleased to hear you had a fantastic experience with us, we love showing our customers this amazing back yard we have here in Kaikoura. It was great to meet you both and we wish you safe travels back to The Netherlands!
Written March 1, 2020
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S B
Long Island City, NY47 contributions
What made this helicopter ride extra special was that we didn't find sperm whales right away, so the pilot landed on top of the mountains/hills. We waited there until the whales were spotted. The time on the mountain was not counted towards our 30 minute helicopter ride. We saw 3 sperm whale. Then we saw a pod of dusky dolphins. The pilot was very nice!
Written June 24, 2020
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By: Kaikoura Helicopters Ltd
KiwifamilyNelson
KiwifamilyNelson
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Worth Every Penny!
we booked an hour's ride to see whales - thrilled to have seen a sperm whale reoxygenating then diving with great v
Y5406AHjoew
Y5406AHjoew
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Whales
Don’t hesitate. Just book it. Jordan was great, informative, down to earth. Managed to see both humpback and sperm
johnoW7411FP
johnoW7411FP
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Fantastic experience
You fly helicopter experience is worth every cent.If you have ever wanted to fly a helicopter then you won't be dis
grantphilipnz
grantphilipnz
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Bloody Awesome
Couldn’t fault these guys. Being a wheelchair user wasn’t an issue. They assisted with lifting me into and out of
JandD1607
JandD1607
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Mt Fyffe and More
My Wife and I recently had the pleasure of a short stopover in Kaikoura. The wheather was great so made an inprompt
G6944DAandrew
G6944DAandrew
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Best Super Picnic Ever
Most amazing Helipicnic in the world. Wine food and on top of the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Totally magical exp
red1mc
red1mc
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Absolutely amazing
We did the helicopter picnic and landed on the snow topped ridge of the southern alps. Such incredible views and a
Sdrabbs
Sdrabbs
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Amazing experience!
Had an absolute blast, the service was outstanding. The scenery was well and truly worth the money!!
alison b
alison b
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Amazing Experience!
To start....the booking team were great to deal with. We booked, then had to cancel (Covid lockdown), then thankful
cmillerc999
cmillerc999
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Spectacular with excellent commentary
The flight was designed for our wishes to fly up the coast and inland to see the effects of the earthquake on the c
mcmateara
mcmateara
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Thanks for the Great Experience
We are both not so great with heights and it was a pleasant surprise that the fears and apprehension was unfounded.
michaelangelahayes
michaelangelahayes
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Best experience seeing whales and mountains
Thank you for the best helicopter experience - and I'm afraid of heights! 😊 fantastic pilot, great flight and spec
kckailash65
kckailash65
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Helicopter fly
Very very friendly local pilot knows everything about place , awesome service and obviously beautiful place.
CactusRose
CactusRose
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So pleased we did this scenic trip!
Our family scenic trip was a spur of the moment decision - and we are all so pleased we did it! We booked a brief
JackSyl117
JackSyl117
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To be done
With a very professional pilote. Each minute is well used. W e could see a spermwhale as promised, but also a stunn
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