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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 from the air

Fantastic two trips. First in a small helicopter, just myself and wife. 30 minutes, nearly giving... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rossendale, United Kingdom
via mobile
Best impulse idea ever!

Hubby and I went for a New Year's Day drive and ended up here, the flight was indeed spectacular to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6609

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Nigtay62
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank 732beckyv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Choose this one for my daughter, as she really want to have a look how the real whale looks like, but we did not meet any. She is disappointed. However the pilot has tried his best, and the staff is friendly. Really hope to view...More

Thank Carolynkang
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We had a great helicopter tour and saw a huge sperm whale. When you see them from above you get a sense of how big they really are. And the scenery from the helicopter is absolutely fantastic. We can highly recommend this!

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Reviewed 27 April 2017

What more could you ask for. They were no nonsense but engaging and very clearly knew what they were doing and the countryside they were in. Modern and high end machines as well.

Thank timtT6478JH
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We called Kaikoura Helicopters. Lots of options. Its a 4 seater chopper. You an choose with 4 or with just the two of us. We don’t mind flying with 4 so we took that option. After the safety briefing comes a good explanation about whales,...More

Thank erikdefotograaf
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

They have friendly staff and you can use the AA traveller voucher to get the price down to 245NZD for a 40min flight. The pilot had good routine and found the sperm whale quick after 8min and we spend 8min to fly around the whale...More

Thank marcbS8146KI
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We went to book the Whale Watch cruise only to find they're fully booked weeks ahead. This is because post-earthquake they only have one boat sailing three times a day instead of six boats hourly. Hence we opted for the helicopter tour and it's a...More

Thank phil100652
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Thank you Pete for paying attention to the whales and their habits! We saw two sperm whales and had several minutes to take photos before they dived down again. Then the trip to Mount Fyffe was amazing, we could see all the way to the...More

Thank Jenn P
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I absolutely loved this experience and would recommend it to everyone. It was also cheaper than I had expected because I was able to jump in with another couple. The views of the Kaikoura peninsula are just breathtaking and the ariel view of the wales...More

Thank Don S
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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
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