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Kaikoura: Whale Watching Flight

4.9 / 5

22 reviews

Activity provider: Wings Over Whales

Kaikoura: Whale Watching Flight

Activity provider: Wings Over Whales
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From US$ 119.79 US$ 77.87 per person

Enjoy a 30-minute plane flight to view the mighty Sperm Whales and of Kaikoura. See the whale in it's entirety from tip to tail, all with the amazing backdrop of beautiful coastal shores and the epic Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Ranges.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • View the resident Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphins of Kaikoura
  • Enjoy stunning views of Kaikoura's coastline, peninsula, and mountain ranges
  • Learn about Sperm whales and their unique environment here in Kaikoura
Full description
Receive an informative briefing of the Sperm Whales and other wildlife of Kaikoura, ready for your 30-minute flight experience. Learn about its unique geology, and what you can expect to see during the flight. Spend a special half hour viewing these majestic creatures from a unique vantage point.  Head directly out over the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary to start looking for Kaikoura's wildlife. This whale watching flight showcases the year-round whales and dolphins, as well as the stunning coastline and peninsula. Focusing on the mighty Sperm Whale, this is a once-in-a-lifetime flight to view these animals, as well as other whale and dolphin species that migrate through Kaikoura's waters.  All aircraft are high-winged, which allows each person their own window seat and optimal, unobstructed viewing and photography opportunities. Your tour finishes back at the terminal where there is a gift shop and refreshments available.
  • Informative wildlife and safety briefing
  • 30-minute scenic plane flight
  • Real time tracking of aircraft
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities, optional

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Meeting point

Log-cabin terminal at Kaikoura Airport. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses

Know before you go

  • Flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.
  • All flights leave from the Kaikoura Airport, an 8 kilometer drive south of the Kaikoura Township. There is a large and spacious car park at the airport suitable for cars and camper vans.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 22 reviews

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Excellent, To be fair to the guys after 25 mins we had found nothing but they kept looking and then saw 2 blue whales in quick succession but they circled a few times to give both sides off plane a good look then on way home they spotted a pod off about 500 dusky dolphins and also circled them several times too so trip was a lot longer than should off been x been on many trips around the world and always finish when says but these guys went the extra mile - job very well done I’d recommend to anyone- obviously we got lucky as I realise ain’t a thing can guarantee but they kept at it - well done Tony bird

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January 16, 2023

We were told no whales were to be seen and offered a full refund if required. We decided to fly anyway. Our pilot Mike found an orca for us but no other whales so he gave us an amazing flight over the snow capped mountains, it was amazing we had so much fun

October 17, 2021

To those who dream to have an experience of fullfilling your heart with once-in-a-life time moving through sighting of miracle and wonder of mother nature, it is a must activity ti be on board this whale watch flight, meet the huge companions in ocean. Refind the earth by heart

September 11, 2022

Product ID: 264847