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Kaikoura: Adventure Helicopter Tour

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Kaikoura: Adventure Helicopter Tour

From US$ 734.69 per person

Enjoy a helicopter tour with whale watching, with two alpine landings.

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Duration 80 minutes
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 4 participants


  • Marvel at whales from above where you can see them in their entirety from tip to tail
  • Enjoy a landing at the beautiful turquoise Hapuku Lake and learn more about the geological effects from the 2016 earthquake
  • Take in the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from the summit of Mount Fyffe
Full description
Begin your adventure are Kaikōura Airport where you will receive a short safety briefing from your pilot, as well as additional information about the year-round population of sperm whales and the unique underwater Kaikōura Canyon. As you head out over the Pacific Ocean you are surrounded on all sides by the gorgeous scenery of Kaikōura, with the coastal mountains as a backdrop. Slowly orbit the whales so you can see the whole animal from head to tail, minimising your impact on the animal while maximising your time and viewing. Soar back along the coastline keeping an eye out for any other animals that may be around, including the resident population of dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals, as well as any other whale species that may be migrating through including blue, humpback, fin, and killer whales. After completing your wildlife viewing, head for the Seaward Kaikōura Mountain Ranges. Fly along the coastline to see the impact from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that changed the entire landscape of the coastal mountains and see the new Papatea Fault where it scars the land and runs out to sea. Fly inland along the Clarence River Valley and back up through the mountain range for a landing at the turquoise waters of the newly created Hapuku Dam Lake, which was created during the November 2016 earthquake. Enjoy the scenery as you fly back through the mountain range to land.
  • 1 hour 20-minute whale watching and scenic helicopter flight
  • 2 scenic landings!
  • Inflight commentary
  • Experienced pilot
  • Headsets
  • Life jackets
  • Real-time flight tracking
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People prone to seasickness

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Meeting point

Arrive at least 30 minutes before you flight for check in and safety video.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses

Know before you go

  • Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions
  • Your flight date and/or time may be different to the one requested
  • All whale watching flights are carried out in accordance with New Zealand's Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Regulations
  • All travelers must be weighed at check-in due to aircraft weight restrictions
  • Flights are suitable for families, infants, children, individuals with mobility impairments, and those who might suffer from seasickness
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