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Kaikoura helicopters were good

But sadly the whale watching not so good. We did see whales but not THE Sperm Whale! Yes, there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda H
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Poole, United Kingdom
Worth every dollar!

At first, we try to take the boat in order to see the whales. After few cancellations because of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erez_amosi
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Takaka, New Zealand
via mobile
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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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Carolynkang
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Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

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!

Date of experience: November 2017
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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.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank timtT6478JH
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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.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank erikdefotograaf
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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 BUT honestly the whale seems tiny and could be a submarine, too. You don't get a feeling for its size. We found another whale then and after it dived we flow back. Just 33min flight although 40min paid :( could have spend the time remaining to find a pod of dolphins for example.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank marcbS8146KI
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