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Kaikoura Helicopters
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Owner description: 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!
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 gives you a real sense of the sheer size of these amazing creatures.

10/10 Would definitely go again!

Thank Don S
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

Had intended to go whale watching by boat but it was full so looked further and saw the helicopter flight. I was a little dubious as it isn't cheap and I'm very scared off heights but Chelsea was very helpful and reassuring, explaining the whole process. Peter our pilot was very informative, they plot the whales movements so they can predict where they will surface next. We managed to see two sperm whales and a rare Southern Right whale. It was an amazing experience, worth every penny and absolutely made my holiday!

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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Myself and my two friends are from Ireland and we're spending our last day of holidays in kaikoura. We were leaving for the ferry in the afternoon so did not have much time in kaikoura! The boat would take too long and the airplane was too windy to go up on the tour. By chance we spotted the helicopter and decided to enquire if it would be able to take us up! No problem at all as the helicopter isn't affected as much by the wind. We opted for the 30 minute flight! We saw one sperm whale and two humpback whales and it was incredible! What an experience! Would recommend it over anything else there as it was jus the 3 of us and the pilot, and he finds the whales instantly! You get a proper look at how long they are from above it was just incredible

1  Thank Una F
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Just had an awesome 30min flight with Kaikoura Helicopters and spotted three blue whales! Great flight and very friendly and informative crew. Magic!

Thank Fleur K
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Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We decided on the spur of the moment to do this. The pilots were really helpful and advised us the Whale hadn't been seen for a few hours so suggested we hold off on our flight until it had been located again. Aaron the phoned us later in the afternoon to say it had been spotted and what time was most likely for the whale to resurface. We followed his advice, you'd think they had them on remote as the timing couldn't have been more perfect!
Great trip and professionally run.

1  Thank 606Jotraveller606
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