Whale Watching Helicopter Tour in Kaikoura
Whale Watching Helicopter Tour in Kaikoura
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  • Duration
    3 hrs

Activity description

Experience earth’s largest mammal from the air on this helicopter flight in Kaikoura.

Silhouetted against the big blue, appreciate the sheer scale of the biggest animal on earth with this helicopter tour in Kaikoura. Rated as one of the best places in the world for Blue Whale watching, take to the sky for a privileged view of these gentle giants as they cruise along the Pacific peninsular – witnessing epic breaches and deep dives from the comfort of your very own helicopter.

This activity is run and operated from the airbase in Christchurch, travelling to Kaikoura where guests will transfer to a specialised whale watching helicopter. Total flight time is estimated at 2.5 hours.

Meet your pilot at the airbase in Christchurch for this whale watching helicopter flight along the Kaikoura Peninsula. Setting off towards the north of the island, bid farewell to the busy skyline of the CBD and witness the contrast of the Canterbury coastline. Touching down in Kaikoura, transfer to a whale-watching helicopter with an experienced pilot that knows the area’s wildlife intimately. On-hand to offer you information about the Pacific marine life, they also know the best places & seasons for seeing different marine mammals and cetaceans – ensuring you get the most out of your aerial adventure. During your tour, you can expect to see a range of animals that include sperm whales, dusky dolphins, seals and albatross all year round. In other months you get to see Orca, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Hector dolphins and many other coastal seabirds. Beautifully silhouetted against the water, there is no better way of whale watching in New Zealand, with the opportunity to see the whole animal – and not just the tail… After you’ve circled the coastline, you will transfer back to your return helicopter for a final flight back to Christchurch.

Flights are completed in an EC130 B4 type helicopter that can accommodate six passengers (weight dependent) with a leather interior, air conditioning, noise cancelling headsets and emergency flotation devices. This helicopter’s low noise emissions make it ideal for central city operations & scenic flights.

minimum 3 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Activity requirements

Weight limit of 100kg per passenger applies

Lap held children fly for free (<18kg)

Special terms

Please note this activity operates with two-person minimum per tour.

  • Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • Whale Watching Flight
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • GoPro/Camera
Meeting point
73 Grays Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8042 Get directions
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