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Kaikoura Helicopters

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Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6609
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Whales above

This is a slightly expensive but very good way of seeing large whales off the coast of Kaikoura... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2018
supertaf
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Staines, United Kingdom
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Our whole experience with Kaikoura Helicopters was great, from the initial booking over the phone... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
chick-pea-222
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Kaikoura is world renowned for its whale watching – it also boasts some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer. Helping you experience this is Kaikoura Helicopters, the most experienced aerial whale watching company in the world. We can have you lifting off from our centrally located heli – pads and within minutes be in the spectacular environment that plays host to the magnificent Sperm Whale. From the comfort of our helicopter, experience this ultimate vantage point, viewing the entire whale from head to tail. Our exclusive alpine flights allow you to get up close and personal with some of the highest mountains in New Zealand. Land at altitude amongst the stunning Kaikoura Seaward Ranges and encounter 360 - degree views of this unique and rugged coastline. We also offer scenic flights, heli hikes, heli picnics, heli rafting, heli biking, charters, nationwide transfers, weddings, hunting, film and photography, gift vouchers, and more! Flying everyday!
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Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

This is a slightly expensive but very good way of seeing large whales off the coast of Kaikoura. Appreciate that helicopters are expensive to run but without a slight reduction in the published price I might not have done this trip. However, it was well...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for sharing your wonderful fluke shot. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels, and thanks again for flying with us.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Our whole experience with Kaikoura Helicopters was great, from the initial booking over the phone with Aaron and Lloyd to the actual 30-min whale watching helicopter flight. We were lucky enough to see a pod of Orcas and two Sperm Whales during our flight with...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Thank you very much for such a wonderful review and the great photos. We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed your flight and got to see not only sperm whales, but orca too! Thank you for flying with us.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Seeing whales was one of the main reasons we came to Kaikoura, and although the sky was clear, the seas were so rough that the whale watching trips warned 'severe sea sickness likely'. And who wants to spend three and a half hours on a...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Hi Rick, thank you for the wonderful review and the amazing photos. To see three such playful blue whales is a rare sight indeed. You truly did have a once in a lifetime flight! Thank you for flying with us.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Fabulous experience today flying with Aaron on the 40 minute Earthquake Tour with my Mum and Dad. Mum is an amateur geologist - and fascinated by rock formations and faultlines. She wasn’t disappointed. The 40 minutes passed so quickly, with a wonderful commentary from Aaron,...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for the fantastic review and photos. The Earthquake Scenic certainly is a spectacular flight. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Many thanks to Dave & Aaron (our pilot) for a fantastic 40 minute flight yesterday. We saw & photographed 3 Sperm whales and also went up into the mountains to see some of the terrible 2016 earthquake damage. The time literally flew past & we...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. It sounds like you had a truly amazing flight.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

What an amazing experience yesterday. I am still wearing a huge smile on my face the day after. On our tour we got to see a Humpback Whale, a Fin Whale and a Blue Whale. Absolutely awesome. Thanks to the whole team @ Kaikoura Helicopters....More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thank you for the great review Janka. It certainly was a special flight, as it is rare to see a Humpback Whale, Fin Whale and Blue Whale all in one day! Thank you again for flying with us.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and I did the top and tail ride. We rode over the ocean and found some whales and then headed up to the top of Mount Fyffe. Aaron the pilot was extremely knowledgeable and informative about what we were seeing and really did...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your flight with us.

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

We booked for later in the afternoon, but received a call to see if we could depart asap because a whale was due to surface soon. Without further ado, we got to the offices, checked in & took off. Minutes later we were circling as...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Thank you, we’re glad you enjoyed the trip.

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Fantastic two trips. First in a small helicopter, just myself and wife. 30 minutes, nearly giving up seeing a whale the Aaron our pilot received news from one of the boats and we got about five minutes with an 18m sperm whale. Fantastic. All staff...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Thank you for your review. We’re so pleased you were able to see a whale on your flight.

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Hubby and I went for a New Year's Day drive and ended up here, the flight was indeed spectacular to say the least, the views in the air of the area were gorgeous, and the huge bonus was seeing a Whale right before it was...More

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Thank you for the great review. We’re glad you enjoyed flying with us. One of our crew took some photos of your flight, if you’re interested just email us & we’ll send you a copy.

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Heather F
21 September 2016|
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Response from DaredevilMick | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it is cheaper if the helicopter is full as the flight price is split 3 ways rather then two. They are very helpful and I'm sure if you contact them in advance with flexibility for date and time they will do their best to... More
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Irene S
20 January 2015|
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Response from Kaikoura H | Property representative |
Hi Irene, Thank you for your enquiry. As commented above, our flights do not include Franz Josef or Arthurs Pass, although we do have an array of Whale Watching flight options, as well as Coastal or Alpine flight options... More
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