We had planned to try and see the whales while we were in Kaikoura, and plumped initially for the boat trip. Although we saw a sperm whale at close quarters on that trip the experience was slightly unsatisfying, so after discussing the trip with the wonderfully helpful staff at Kaikoura Helicopters, we eventually decided to take this trip as well. We were not disappointed. The heli trip was worth every last dollar, and the views we had of the whales was breathtaking. Our pilots - we were in separate helicopters - were so informative and willing to help. They just wanted to make the trip really special, and it was in every way.
We were lucky - we were able to see the whales both from a boat and from the air. If you only have one chance to see them, go for the helicopter every time!
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