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Heli-Whale Watch Explorer provided by South Pacific Helicopters

Heli-Whale Watch Explorer
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Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 61930P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Duration
30m
Departure details
617 State Highway 1, Peketā 7374, New Zealand Find us at the South Pacific Helicopters and Wings Over Whales Terminal Building which is an inviting log cabin building located at the Kaikoura Airport an 8 minute drive south of town. If you require transportation please contact our reservations team.
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Departure details
617 State Highway 1, Peketā 7374, New Zealand Find us at the South Pacific Helicopters and Wings Over Whales Terminal Building which is an inviting log cabin building located at the Kaikoura Airport an 8 minute drive south of town. If you require transportation please contact our reservations team.
Duration
30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Infants must sit on laps
It is recommended to bring some warm clothing, comfortable footwear, sunglasses and camera
Our helicopters have a maximum of 4 passenger seats, if booking more they will be split between helicopters
If booking within 48 hours of travel time please contact our office at +6433195548 or free phone within NZ 0800360886
All flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers. Please see our website for full terms and conditions
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Popular mentions

5.0
35 reviews
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Annelies
3 contributions
Definitely a bucket list hit. A must do.
Jun 2021 • Friends
Timing was impeccable - we saw two whales - and your service was super friendly and knowledgeable. Daniel you are a charmer! We felt so safe so the experience was focused on the view. What a great way to see our second home from the air. Thank you! What a birthday treat ! 👍👍👏👏👍👏
Written 11 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Glad N
89 contributions
Helicopter ride with a hot pilot
Mar 2021 • Friends
The favourite part about the experience was seeing a Blue whale. The Pilot was absolutely good looking and hot, which made the experience even better. Pete was so professional and oh my God, the hottest pilot I’ve ever laid my eyes on.
The trip was good, take off and landing was perfect. Single ladies, if you want to enjoy a hot pilot alongside a scenic view, try them!
Highly recommended!!
Written 13 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Caggers1
Auckland6 contributions
Best time ever!
Feb 2021
We had the best time! Pilot Pete was a great guide. We saw heaps of dolphins, an albatross and a sperm whale. It was an amazing experience we will never forget. The team were great at getting our 2 1/2 year old comfortable with the helicopter and the ear muffs. He has not stopped talking about his helicopter ride since!
We got plenty of information before the flight and during. It was unforgettable seeing the whale but even if we hadn't spotted one I know we would have still had a great time. Thanks so much!!
Written 16 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

clint m
lake tekapo1 contribution
Awesome experience of a lifetime!
Nov 2020 • Family
Most amazing experience to be able to see the whole whale from the air!! Awesome for the kids who throughly loved it and to see them diving!
Great friendly staff and very safe and professional!!! Awesome trip it’s a must do when passing through kaikoura!!!
Written 12 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We loved making memories for your family, thanks for joining us!
Written 17 November 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ev G
2 contributions
Mind blowing experience for the whole family. Worth every cent.
Oct 2020 • Family
What a great, mind blowing experience for our whole family.
We were lucky enough to see 3 blue whales, all of us got great views of the whales as the pilot skillfully maneuvered us into fantastic positions to take in the share scale and magnificence of creatures.
The pre flight briefing and the pilots commentary was entertaining, fascinating and informative.

A great activity in a awesome machine with great genuine people.
Written 14 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for the review. Im glad you enjoyed your time with South Pacific Helicopter. I will pass the kind words onto the team.
Written 20 October 2020
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Lisa M
Christchurch, New Zealand15 contributions
Wow -awesome experience
Sep 2020
I can’t speak highly enough about this experience. We went with the idea of a whale is a natural mammal and couldn’t expect to see one but oh no these people have it timed of when he will surface. We had a video and interesting quick induction into facts about the creature before our helicopter ride and crickey we weren’t disappointed!! Our pilot was awesome - friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Money spent well worth the experience. (Porsche Club NZ member). Thank you South Pacific Helicopters 🚁
Written 2 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review. We loved having you at South Pacific Helicopters and we're so glad you enjoyed your flight. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend with the Porsche club in Kaikōura.
Written 12 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

George Scott
7 contributions
Whales from the air
My wife and I experienced a great morning flight seeing the whales from a plane
The checkin staff were very friendly and helpful and our pilot you could sense really enjoyed flying us
We were lucky to see many whales and even seen 2 together on the surface before they dived
We recommend this trip to everyone
Written 20 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for your review. We're please to hear you enjoyed your experience with us!
Written 12 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Carolyn
1 contribution
Magic flight!
Jun 2020
Wow, what a wonderful flight.
Day was perfect and fortunate to see some humpback whales and dolphins.
Daniel was a terrific pilot and the rest of the team most helpful and courteous.
Highly recommend this team
Hope to be back for another trip.
Written 12 June 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for the review and recommendation. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your flight with Daniel. We hope to see you again the future.
Written 15 July 2020
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michele g
London, UK11 contributions
A Whale of a trip!
Feb 2020 • Friends
Our pilot Peter. Was a great guy and made a huge effort to find a whale for us he was very knowledgeable and a skillful pilot. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Michele
Written 21 February 2020
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Hi Michele, thank you for taking the time to share your experience and photos! I will be sure to pass your kind words onto Pete. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around New Zealand
Written 26 February 2020
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NKaur2019
3 contributions
Sensational
Feb 2020 • Family
Sensational in every way. The whole team were brilliant and Daniel, the pilot, was just superb. We had an abridged briefing as a whale had been sighted and Daniel was keen to get us in the air. Amazing timing. We were fortunate to see a whale thanks to Daniel. The whole team from start to finish were superb. Amazing views of the coast line and the landing on the mountain was awesome. Just brilliant. We were short on time and would recommend the 1 hr heli trip.
Written 4 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We definitely try our very best to give you the greatest opportunity to view the whales, which sometimes meaning getting you out a little earlier than your scheduled flight if possible to be in the air for when the whales surface. Thank you for your recommendation, we agree the hour flight is a great option to take in the amazing wildlife and scenery. We will be sure to pass your kind message on to Daniel. Thanks for flying with us!
Written 6 February 2020
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A wonderful trip to Mt Fyffe for the two boys. It was the highlight of their holiday. We went out over the ocean a
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amazing panoramic views
Took a heli flight up to the top of Mount Fyffe, over the ocean where we saw dolphins and then we flew through the
Paul W
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The Best!
The whole experience was fantastic, from walking into the gorgeous log building to getting into the helicopter, to
Rochelle771
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Amazing helicopter tour
Amazing experience. Helicoptered up to Mt Fyffe and it was easily the best thing done all holiday. Pete our pilot w
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Bucket list for a paraplegic
This was an amazing experience, my older brother is a paraplegic but the guys here had no issues getting him into t
Camper291461
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WOW ! A MUST DO .
From the sea to the top of Mt Fyffe, a fabulous experience and highly recommend. From check in, pre flight safety b
Kelly G
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Perfect honeymoon experience
Amazing, friendly, knowledgeable crew that are experienced in giving their clients the best experience possible. Th
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Amazing experience
We did the Ultimate Adventure with pilot /guide Peter. Very well organised around when to see the sperm whale and t
Linda1069
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Amazing flight and experience
We did the helicopter whale watch/hill top landing trip last week and this was absolutely amazing. The day was bea
ShaunandAdele
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3 whales in one flight!!!
Dan and the team we’re just fantastic. Very professional, experienced and an awesome helicopter too!!
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Great ride with South Pacific Helicopters, Kaikoura
A very enjoyable trip to the top of Mt Fyffe. Grandchildren had a lovely time in the snow. The pilot did a first cl
ryannayr2019
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Top Notch Experience and Service
Thanks to Pete the pilot and the Team at South Pacific Helicopters for an amazing scenic flight this morning. Spen
corinnathekiwi
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A once in a lifetime experience!
I had the most incredible time on this tour! It was my first experience in a helicopter and i felt so safe and comf
barbaraw792
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JUST DO IT !!
WOW this a definate trip for EVERYONE'S Bucket List young or old. Totally amazing Admin & Pilot crew so friendly ,
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A unique experience
I absolutely enjoyed the experience. First off, the staff were very polite and professional. The flight was smoot
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