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Heli-Whale Watch Explorer

Come experience views like no other, where the ocean meets the sea; see the beauty of Kaikoura and the incredible sperm whale from the comfort of a helicopter! This 30 minute helicopter tour allows you to see the whale from head to tail while experiencing incredible views. As New Zealand's only whale watching by helicopter company fully permitted by the Department of Conservation, join us to maximise your time with the whales, while minimising your impact on the animals.


30 minutes


Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • Scenic helicopter tour to view whales and other wildlife
    • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight
    • Live commentary from our knowledgable pilots
    • Round-trip transfer to and from town, with drop off's to hotels available
    • Small-group tour 
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Arrive at our town office and enjoy complimentary transport to the helipads, located right next to the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary, home to a year-round population of sperm whales. You are met by our friendly pilots for a short safety briefing and information on the wildlife.

    After the briefing, board the helicopter to start your amazing experience! Head out into the Hikurangi Marine Reserve to spot the magnificent sperm whales while admiring the gorgeous backdrop of mountains. Resident pods of dusky dolphins are found here, and Kaikoura is on the migratory routes for other species including humpback whales, southern right whales, killer whales, and blue whales depending on the time of year.

    Once you have spent time with the whale, relax and enjoy the flight back along the rugged coastline of Kaikoura, enjoying the views and spotting any other wildlife that are in the area. Stunning vistas and photo opportunities of the Kaikoura Peninsula, Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, and the Pacific Ocean await you at every turn.

    Your experience ends back at the helipad where our complimentary transport is waiting to take you back to town or to your hotel.
  • Departure Point :
    The South Pacific Whale Watch office is centrally located in town. Come to our office for complimentary transport to and from the helipads.
    Departure Time :
    Flight times are 8:30am, 12:30pm and 14:45pm. Please contact our office if you have any time conflicts.
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :

    All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
    • Minimum numbers of at least 2 adults apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
    • It is recommended to bring some warm clothing, comfortable footwear, sunglasses and camera
    • Our helicopters have a maximum of 5 passenger seats, if booking more they will be split between helicopters 
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • If booking within 48 hours of travel time please contact our office at +6433195548 or free phone within NZ 0800360886 
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.



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Organised by Whale Watching with South Pacific Helicopters

Tour ID: 61930P1

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