Whale Watch Explorer Helicopter Flight - 30 Minutes

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30 minute Whale Watch Helicopter Flight
Free courtesy transfers from accommodation
Trained pilots to the highest standard
Humpback, southern whales & blue whales
Locally owned and operated family business
Journey above NZ most unique areas
or 4 payments of $57.50 with more info

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Mon, Jul 15, 2024

What you can expect

Looking to go whale watching in Kaikoura? Join this 30 minute Kaikoura Whale Watch Scenic Helicopter Flight for one of the best whale watching experiences in New Zealand! Witness whales and dolphins in their natural environment from the air. A whale watching helicopter flight offers marine spotting from a different perspective. Instead of looking out to the horizon from a boat- it is far easier to see the activity and marine life in the water below from a plane. Spot the whales in their element and see their actual size from the panoramic aerial views that you have from above.

During the flight, you will also have stunning views of the Kaikoura Peninsula, Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges and the Pacific Ocean. Flights operate daily and complimentary hotel transfers are available from Kaikoura hotels. Book your Kaikoura Whale Watching helicopter flight here!


What you need to know

  • 30 minute Kaikoura whale watch helicopter flight
  • Introductory trip enabling you to enjoy the many marine wonders of the Kaikoura area
  • Free courtesy transfer from office or hotel (Kaikoura township) to Kaikoura Airport Heli-pad
  • Trained pilots to the highest standard with specific training
  • You will be taken on a journey above one of New Zealand’s most unique areas
  • Once you have spent time viewing the whales, relax and enjoy the flight back along the rugged coastline of Kaikoura
  • Stunning vistas and photo opportunities of the Kaikoura Peninsula, Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, and the Pacific Ocean await you at every turn
  • Focusing on the mighty sperm whales that are prevalent in the area year round, we are able to position you for that perfect photo by slowly orbiting around the whale in a way only a helicopter can
  • Many species of whales that migrate through the area such as humpback, southern right whales, blue whales, and of course our resident sperm whales the worlds largest toothed Whale
  • Exclusive landing sites only available to South Pacific Whale Watch overlooking the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary and the Hikurangi Marine Reserve
  • You can see the whale in its entirety from 'tip to tail'
  • Locally owned and operated family business
  • Flights operate daily at 8.30am, 9.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.45pm (subject to weather and availability)
  • Pick up is generally 40 minutes prior to flight departure from central town office - 72 West End, Kaikoura
  • Passengers require to check in 30 minutes prior to flight departure
  • No flights on Christmas Day
  • The duration of this experience is approximately 30 minutes
  • South Pacific Helicopters NZ Helipad is located and departs from 617 State Highway 1, Peketa, Kaikoura 7374. A free courtesy transfer from Kaikoura township (72 West End, Kaikoura) is available; please discuss with the provider directly at the time of booking if you wish to utilise this service
What To Bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
Additional Information
  • All whale watching flights are subject to suitable weather conditions
  • Minimum 2 adults and maximum 6 pax per aircraft
  • The maximum weight per passenger is 135kg
  • Highly recommend bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Infants under the age of 2 years of age can travel free of charge IF (they can sit comfortably on an adults’ lap & weighs under 18kg’s). Limited to 1 infant per journey/experience
  • Customers with limited mobility are most welcome, friends and family assistance is appreciated, must have the ability to move along a seat once lifted. An excellent way to see the whales, marine life & Kaikoura - maximise your time soaring above it all
  • Flights are subject to minimum passenger numbers and our aircraft have specific weight restrictions (all passengers and/or equipment will be weighed as a 'combined weight')
  • All flights/journeys are subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions. We will work with you to reschedule your flight for another day
  • No refunds are offered on completed flights. We ask passengers to understand that whales and dolphins are wild animals free to roam in their natural environment and for this reason whale sightings cannot be guaranteed with no refund given on the basis of no sighting being made
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • To reconfirm your reservation, you are required to call the operator (contact details will be on your voucher) the day prior to flying
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on the day of flight
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

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