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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 10 January 2018 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 ready to dive down, and quite a lot of seals on the coastline as well as dolphins galore! big thumbs up from us for the whole experience

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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for the great review. We’re glad you enjoyed flying with us. One of our crew took some photos of your flight, if you’re interested just email us & we’ll send you a copy.

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 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 again.

Thank Carolynkang
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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your feedback and thank you for flying with us. We’re sorry that we could not find you a whale. We do our best to find one on every flight but unfortunately, just as we say in our briefings, they are wild animals in their natural habitat and on rare occasions we can miss them. We look forward to seeing you next time.

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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.

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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, delphin and the aftermath of the November 2016 earthquake.

Then into the chopper, its breezy so hold on to your seats. The flight is nosey (as in any chopper) but the pilot is good and fly’s smooth. After 10 minutes the first sighting. We circle around and wait for the dive. Plenty of photo opportunities. Than a second whale, a little smaller, just 8 meters.

We see 5 whales and we can hear another plane talking about a group of Duskydelphins 10 minutes away, to the south. We spotted a group there from the shore and becauseoOur time is almost up we return to base.

Was it worth it?

YES a BIG YES.

Thank erikdefotograaf
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