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Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch provided by South Pacific Helicopters

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Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch

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  • You'll start at
    617 State Highway 1
    617 State Highway 1, Peketa 7374, New Zealand
    Find us at the Kaikoura Airport in our inviting log-cabin style Terminal Building for South Pacific Helicopters and Wings Over Whales. The airport is located an 8 minute drive south of town. If you require transportation from the town centre please contact our reservations team to organise.
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    South Pacific Helicopters
    Stop: 45 minutes
    Our office is located right in the centre of Kaikoura town from here enjoy complimentary transport to the helipads to receive a short safety briefing from our pilots, as well as information about the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary and the wildlife you can expect to see on the tour.   After the briefing you're ready to head out and explore what Kaikoura has to offer! View sperm whales and resident pods of dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Kaikoura is located on the the migratory routes for humpback whales, southern right whales, killer whales, and even blue whales depending on the time of year. You'll experience stunning vistas of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, as well as the Kaikoura Peninsula, and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean.  After a successful whale sighting fly along the coastline spotting wildlife including the resident populations of dusky dolphins as well as New Zealand fur seals  Your experience ends back at the helipad.
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  • You'll end at
    617 State Highway 1
    617 State Highway 1, Peketa 7374, New Zealand
    Find us at the Kaikoura Airport in our inviting log-cabin style Terminal Building for South Pacific Helicopters and Wings Over Whales. The airport is located an 8 minute drive south of town. If you require transportation from the town centre please contact our reservations team to organise.
    See address & details
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Departure Point
617 State Highway 1, Peketa 7374, New Zealand
Duration
45m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Scenic helicopter flight to view whales and other wildlife
  • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight
  • Live commentary from our pilots
  • Round-trip transfer to and from town. Contact our reservations team to organise
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • All flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers. Please see our website for full terms and conditions
  • It is recommended to bring some warm clothing, comfortable footwear, sunglasses and camera
  • Our helicopter has a maximum of 4 passenger seats, if more people booking then they will be split between helicopters
  • 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 4 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kelly G wrote a review 14 Nov
Inglewood, New Zealand17 contributions
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Amazing, friendly, knowledgeable crew that are experienced in giving their clients the best experience possible. The flight was exceptional and we picked the perfect weather too. Thanks Dan and team for a life bucket list item being ticked off.
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Response from Wings0verWhales, Manager at Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch
Responded 1 week ago
It was a pleasure flying you, thanks for your review
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Linda1069 wrote a review Aug 2020
Oamaru, New Zealand14 contributions2 helpful votes
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We did the helicopter whale watch/hill top landing trip last week and this was absolutely amazing. The day was beautiful, and seeing a whale, the mountains and Kaikoura from a different perspective was great. Dan and his team were brilliant and we can highly recommend this
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Wings0verWhales, Manager at Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch
Responded 12 Oct 2020
Hi Linda Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to hear you all had a amazing experience. I will pass the kind words onto Dan.
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BARBARA W wrote a review Jun 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
WOW this a definate trip for EVERYONE'S Bucket List young or old. Totally amazing Admin & Pilot crew so friendly ,informative and safety 1st Priority. We saw heaps of different whales and dolphin pods.The view from the Helicopter was spectacular with vision from all sides.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Wings0verWhales, Manager at Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch
Responded 15 Jul 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience flying with us. We look forward to see you again in the future.
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Emil wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Cert professional staff, competent and fun! We saw lots of dolphins and a spermwhale, a really cool experience. Would recommend to anyone!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch
Responded 23 Dec 2019
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review and recommending us. We love hearing what our clients think of our tours, and are delighted that you enjoyed the whole experience! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ!
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Cris M wrote a review Dec 2019
Madrid, Spain17 contributions18 helpful votes
Simply amazing . There is no doubt this is the best whale watching experience. We were extremely lucky to see two humpback whales and the magnificent Sperm whale. Pete was a very skilled pilot and an outstanding guide that undoubtedly contributed to the memorable experience.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch
Responded 12 Dec 2019
Thank you for your kind words. We will certainly pass this on to Pete, who will be pleased to hear that you loved the experience. It's great to hear feedback that you valued seeing the whales from an aerial view, it's a unique perspective and one that means you can view the whale from tip to tail! Thanks again from the team at South Pacific Helicopters.
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Clintmi
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Awesome experience of a lifetime!
Most amazing experience to be able to see the whole whale from the air!! Awesome for the kids who throughly loved i
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EvGib1
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Mind blowing experience for the whole family. Worth every cent.
What a great, mind blowing experience for our whole family. We were lucky enough to see 3 blue whales, all of us g
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Lisa M
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Wow -awesome experience
I can’t speak highly enough about this experience. We went with the idea of a whale is a natural mammal and coul
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geoles1953
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Whales from the air
My wife and I experienced a great morning flight seeing the whales from a plane The checkin staff were very friend
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KeelyMaule
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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
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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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closed2016
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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
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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
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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
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texel1233
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Magic flight!
Wow, what a wonderful flight. Day was perfect and fortunate to see some humpback whales and dolphins. Daniel was a
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Y1293HYnickk
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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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joseph g
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whale viewing
We really enjoyed the flight. Everyone was professional. We felt so lucky to see a blue whale and a sperm whale a
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Annika D
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Stunning views over Kaikoura!
I went on an unplanned trip up in the air and my very first time in a helicopter. It was absolutely incredible. The
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balland_laurence
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Just great !
Perfect place, perfect helicopter, perfect pilot 👍 We didn’t plan the flight but they organize it very quickly wit
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Michael O
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Hellifantastic!
My wife does not like small aircraft or helicopters but knowing that I really wanted to go on this trip agreed to c
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  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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