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South Pacific Helicopters is New Zealand's premier whale watching excursion and the only fully permitted helicopter operator in Kaikoura, offering unparalleled whale watching experiences. Soar above it all, explore nature with us, and have an...more
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72 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent, knowledgeable staff. Good background information about the environment and geological features of the area. Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank raycoe13
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for such a kind review Ray and what an awesome photo! It was a pleasure to have you join us and we are so glad you both enjoyed your Whale Watch flight, it definitely is a fantastic and unique way to go whale...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experienced staff and crew. Pete was a great host and knew first hand the kaikoura earthquake history and recalled his experience with us. Highly reccomend everyone who visits kaikoura to go for a tripMore

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Seaside08545300045
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed your trip! We love to be able to share our love and local knowledge of Kaikoura with guests like yourself. Be sure to tag us in any photos you got from your trip!...More

Reviewed 27 October 2018

We headed off over water fairly close to shore and saw dolphins, schools of fish and various birdlife. Whales had been scarce the previous few days but we weren't bothered by this. Instead of going further out to sea, we decided to fly over to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SouthPacificWhales, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

There aren't many things more fun than throwing snow balls at your parents! Well.. maybe taking a helicopter trip up to to the top of the mountains to get to the snow 😊 Sounds like you guys had a great trip, were so happy you...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018

The team from southern pacific are the best! An incredible experience that is totally worth its money. My partner had spoken to the Rachel and Daniel (receptionist and pilot) over the phone to organize for them to include a little pick-nick on one of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Getaway579609
SouthPacificWhales, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and we loved working with you to make it a surprise for Sebastian! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your picnic in Hanmer Springs afterwards 🥂 All the best for the rest of your trip and thanks again...More

Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Amazing way to not only see whales but also the beauty of the nature around. Dan was an amazing pilot and an entertaining guide. We saw two whales and had a wonderful time!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank tatyanar84
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

We're so happy you had such a wonderful time Tatyana! Thank you so much for the sweet review. We hope you have you again one day, maybe we can take you into the mountains and show you the beauty that is Inland as well!

Reviewed 25 June 2018

Dan is an amazing guide and pilot, very friendly and helpful. The weather was purfect and the views were amazing. We saw two whales within minutes of taking off, we then went up and landed on the hill for a view you’d never forget. When...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank ChrisM13669
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thanks so much Chris! Sounds like a perfect day! We're always so glad to share the magic that is Kaikoura. The whales, the views, we live in a very special place and are happy to have provided you with such a memorable experience. Be sure...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018

Thanks Daniel for such a memorable experience. Our family group of 4 loved every minute of the flight and flying over the large group of dusky dolphins ( there must have been over 200) and then flying over the four whales was the absolute highlight...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

Wonderful! Thanks so much Jennifer for the awesome review. We're so happy we could provide you with such a memorable experience! Seeing giant pods of dolphins and whales from above is quite a different perspective, we hope you tag us in any awesome photos you...More

Reviewed 23 May 2018

Seeing whales was one of the main reasons we went to Kaikoura. Amazing time in the air,. We flew around the sperm whale. With the lower morning light we were even able to see the Sperm whale's pectoral fins, and the size of the head,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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SouthPacificWhales, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

It really is a unique and incredible experience to be able to view the entire whale- especially the sperm whales which are pretty unique (and weird looking) creatures! We are so happy you enjoyed your trip and to here this tour was the highlight is...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018

The pilot was so kind with us. We saw one whale, and was such an exciting experience. The scenery is stunning. Go for itMore

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Charliee999
SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Kaikoura really does take your breath away with its scenery AND whales doesn't it? Especially this time of year when we start getting the snow on top of the mountains. We're glad you had a great trip and will pass on your message to the...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018

Wow. Dan, Rachael & Yolanda were the loveliest staff but I'm sorry guys, those 3 Blue Whales stole the show. I've never been so close to such a mejesric creature. Watching these whales feed was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. We even...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

What an incredible sight to see THREE blue whales feeding!!! You really get to experience how impressive the animals are when you see them from above doing something like lunge feeding, we're so glad you were able to see it. We have had a very...More

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