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South Pacific Helicopters

Kaikoura Whale Watch Ocean Safari Helicopter Flight - 45 Minutes

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  • 45 minute Kaikoura helicopter flight over the Whale Sanctuary
  • Spot a huge array of whales from air
  • Stunning views of Kaikoura Mountain Ranges and Peninsula
  • Slowly flyover the wildlife from the helicopter to maximise viewing
  • Flight operate daily dependent on weather
  • Plenty of time to enjoy abundant wildlife including whales, dolphins, and seals
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Soar above the beautiful Kaikoura coastline on a journey over New Zealand’s whale sanctuary during a magical 45 minute helicopter ride that will take your breath away. This ocean safari will have you airborne searching for the amazing leviathans of the deep, resident Sperm Whales that feed in the rich Kaikoura waters all year round.

Pilots will also take care to showcase the cascading mountain ranges that dot the coastal shores and explain how the rich underwater geography of the area produces an abundance of food that attracts an array of marine life. From Humpback Whales to Southern Right, Blue and even Sperm Whales, you’ll be flying over whaling territory for unimaginable views that will stay with you forever.


  • A minimum of two adult participants are required for flights to proceed. There is a maximum of 5 passengers per aircraft, if you are traveling in a larger book your party will be split between helicopters.

How It Works

  • A minimum of two adult participants are required for this flight to proceed
  • Infants under the age of 2 years of age can travel free of charge IF (they can sit comfortably on an adults’ lap & weighs under 18kg’s).
  • Limited to 1 infant per journey/experience
  • Adult: 3 years +


  • 45 minute helicopter flight to view wildlife
  • Informative pre-flight talk from the pilots
  • Professional and experienced pilots with in-flight commentary
  • Complimentary transfers from Kaikoura township to the helipads


  • Slowly orbit the wildlife from the helicopter to maximise viewing
  • More time to enjoy the abundant wildlife of Kaikoura including whales, dolphins, and seals
  • Stunning views of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, the Kaikoura Peninsula, and the Kaikoura Peninsula


  • Flights are available from sunrise to sunset, subject to weather and availability
  • Please allow 45 minutes for this experience
  • Not available on Christmas Day


  • This experience takes place in Kaikoura.

Departure Location

  • South Pacific Helicopters NZ Helipad is located and departs from 617 State Highway 1, Peketa, Kaikoura 7374. A free courtesy transfer from Kaikoura township (72 West End, Kaikoura) is available; please discuss with the provider directly at the time of booking if you wish to utilise this service.

What To Bring

  • Please wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing and sunglasses
  • Please also bring a camera

Cancellation Policy

  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience
  • This experience is weather dependent. In the event of unfavourable weather conditions, the experience provider will contact you to reschedule your flight to another day
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Daniel & Monique Stevenson South Pacific Whale Watch

South Pacific Whale Watch is proudly locally owned & operated by Daniel & Monique Stevenson.

Highly recommend bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment!
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