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Whale Watch Ocean Safari Helicopter Flight - 45 Mins

South Pacific Helicopters

Whale Watch Ocean Safari Helicopter Flight - 45 Mins


  • Slowly orbit the wildlife from the helicopter to maximise viewing
  • More time to enjoy the abundant wildlife of Kaikoura including whales, dolphins, and seals
  • Stunning views of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, the Kaikoura Peninsula, and the Kaikoura Peninsula

This 45 minute whale watching helicopter flight takes you to the skies viewing the local sperm whale population with additional time to enjoy the abundant Kaikoura marine life including the playful dusky dolphins and curious New Zealand fur seals - the wild really is closer than you think.

What's Included?

  • 45 minute helicopter flight to view wildlife
  • Informative pre-flight talk from the pilots
  • Professional and experienced pilots with in-flight commentary
  • Complimentary transfers from Kaikoura township to the helipads

From helipads located adjacent to the unique Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary you can be airborne and searching for the amazing leviathans of the deep - the Sperm Whales that are resident in the Kaikoura region year round and feed in the rich waters. Witness also the unmatched panoramic views of Kaikoura's cascading mountain ranges and coastal shores.

During your experience you will be taken on a journey above one of New Zealand’s most unique areas; due to the special underwater geography of the area it enables a huge abundance of food to be produced due to a large upwelling and mixing of both warm and cold currents. The food produced here supports a very diverse variety of marine life including many types of whales that migrate through the area such as Humpback, Southern Right, Blue, and of course our resident Sperm Whales, the worlds largest toothed Whale.

The experience also enable you to view the beautiful coastline and the spectacular seaward Kaikoura mountains rising out of the ocean to over 2500 meters. This really is a sight to behold.

Session Length

  • Flights are available from sunrise to sunset, subject to weather and availability
  • Please allow 45 minutes for this experience
  • Not available on Christmas Day


  • A minimum of two adult participants are required for this flight to proceed
  • 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
  • Adult: 3 years +
  • Children 0-2 FREE
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  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

A minimum of two adult participants are required for flights to proceed. There is a maximum of 5 passengers per aircraft, if you are traveling in a larger book your party will be split between helicopters.


This experience is weather dependent. In the event of unfavourable weather conditions, the experience provider will contact you to reschedule your flight to another day.

Dress Code

Please wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing and sunglasses. Please also bring a camera.

This experience takes place in Kaikoura.

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