Day trip

Kaikoura: 1-Hour Whale Watching Helicopter Tour

Kaikoura: 1-Hour Whale Watching Helicopter Tour

From US$ 559.32 per person

Spot whales from the air and make a summit landing for 360-degree views.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
English
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 4 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at whales from above where you can see them in their entirety from tip to tail
  • Take in the panoramic views from 1,600 meters at the summit of the mountain
  • Experience a snow landing at certain times of the year
Full description
Spot sperm whales, dusky dolphins, and fur seals from above before making a summit landing among the towering peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges on this 1-hour helicopter tour. The adventure begins with a short safety briefing from the pilot, as well as additional information about the year-round population of sperm whales and the unique underwater Kaikoura Canyon. Next, jump in the helicopter and head out over the Whale Sanctuary and Hikurangi Marine Reserve for a chance to view the pod of sperm whales. Taking on a bird's-eye-view maximizes time viewing the wildlife while not disrupting their natural behavior. Continue along the magnificent coastline of the Kaikoura Peninsula keeping an eye out for playful dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. The last stop of the day will be 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 ocean.
Includes
  • 1-hour whale watching helicopter flight
  • Mountain summit landing
  • Inflight commentary
  • Experienced pilot
  • Headsets
  • Life jackets
  • Real-time flight tracking
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People prone to seasickness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Kaikoura Airport Terminal, 617 State Highway 1, Peketa, Kaikoura.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Water

Know before you go

  • Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions and the date and/or time may be different from the one requested
  • All whale watching flights are carried out in accordance with New Zealand's Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Regulations
  • Due to aircraft weight restrictions, all travelers must be weighed at check-in
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 1 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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We thought that Peter did an excellent job introducing us to whale spotting, watching and took time to explain whale habits, their environment and put us in good positions to take photos. We enjoyed the explanations around earthquakes and road restoration works and it was quite spectacular to land & stop for a very cold but spectacular photo on the top of Mt Fyfe. I wonder if pilots or ground crew have any particular tips to offer relating to photographing with telephoto lenses. Maybe high shutter speeds, Tv, auto ISO. The photos we took where good and reasonably in close but not as sharp as I hoped for. Pretty tricky with moving chopper, sea and whale I guess. Overall 10 out of 10. Thank you. Very memorable!

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July 11, 2021

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