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    What to Expect
    Arrive at our town office and enjoy complimentary transport to the helipads, located right next to the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary, home to a year-round population of sperm whales. 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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    617 SH 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • 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 travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 20 August 2019

    Perfect tour. Three encounters. Wanderfull explanations fine organization great place views Clime. Kaikoura is a superb place

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank dannydtein
    SouthPacificHeli, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for your review. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your whale watching experience with us!

    Reviewed 29 April 2019 via mobile

    Excellent conditions and superb flight. Interactive pilot who was knowledgeable, informative and interested in making the tour safe , exhilarating and memorable. Thanks South Pacific Choppers....really enjoyed the experience and learnt something as well. Cheers

    1  Thank ChrisM13350
    Wings0verWhales, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2019

    Thanks for flying with us and so glad you enjoyed your experience!

    Reviewed 5 March 2019

    Booked two flights in early March 2019. Before the 1st one I visited their office in the centre of Kaikoura where I received all the detailed information. When I reached the airport all the staff treated me with special care. I shared I would love...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Marcos César S
    SouthPacificHeli, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2019

    Thank you so much for your review Marcos! And we are so glad we were able to get you out on both your flights- and a blue whale mother and calf to top it all off!!! We are all wildlife nerds here and we love...More

    Reviewed 21 January 2019

    Our experience with South Pacific Helicopters was superb from start to finish. The team who checked us in and gave us our briefing were friendly, knowledgeable and all round good sorts. The helicopter we flew in was awesome as was our pilot Zac. We found...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Botbotnotarobot
    SouthPacificHeli, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2019

    That sounds like an incredible trip! And good for your son to spot the first whale, he'll be able to join our team in no time! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience from start to finish, we aim to provide the best trip possible...More

    Reviewed 20 January 2019

    I could not recommend the Heli-Whale Watch Explorer tour highly enough! As a marine mammal biologist in New Zealand I have been extremely lucky to encounter a number of marine mammals over the years but the trip with South Pacific Helicopters was something I have...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank KristaRankmore
    SouthPacificHeli, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2019

    Hi Krista! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your flight. It really is a completely different perspective being able to see the wildlife from above so were so glad you appreciated that. The helicopter flight gives you a unique insight into...More

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