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Kaikoura: 30-Minute Whale Watching Helicopter Tour

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Kaikoura: 30-Minute Whale Watching Helicopter Tour

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From US$ 253.07 per person

Embark on a 30-minute helicopter tour to view whales and other marine life from above. Whether you are an adventure-seeker, a marine wildlife explorer or love the great outdoors, see entire whales from head to tail from a bird's-eye view.

About this activity

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Duration 30 minutes
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Take to the skies for a unique whale watching experience
  • Marvel at whales from above where you can see them in their entirety from tip to tail
  • Enjoy inflight commentary from your experienced pilot
Full description
Soar above Kaikoura on a whale watching flight and enjoy the marine wonders of this stunning area. Focusing on the sperm whales that are prevalent year-round, during the 30-minute flight your pilot will position the helicopter for the perfect view of these mighty creatures. See a whale in its entirety from tip to tail, and take in incredible photos as you fly past some of New Zealand's most beautiful coastline. Marvel at a diverse variety of marine life from humpback, southern right, and blue whales to playful dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Your headset will keep you in constant contact with your pilot who will showcase some of the spectacular scenery and wildlife. Admire rugged coastline, enjoy the views, and look out for other wildlife.
  • 30-minute whale watching helicopter flight
  • Inflight commentary
  • Real-time flight tracking
  • Experienced pilot
  • Headsets
  • Life jackets
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • 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

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 weighted 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

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October 12, 2020

A great tour. The landscape looks even more beautiful from above. We had a great pilot who told us a lot about the locality.

February 19, 2020

February 3, 2020

Product ID: 182642