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Classic Whale-Watching Helicopter Tour from Kaikoura

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Soar up in the sky and view the mighty Sperm Whale from up above from tip to tail in its natural habitat.


  • Take to the skies and spot the magnificent Sperm Whale as you see them in their natural habitat from tip to tail.

  • Fly as low as 150 meters above the sea in the 30-minute flight to view the marine wildlife New Zealand has to offer.

  • Get unobstructed views from the helicopter with a guaranteed window seat for all passengers.

  • Soak in the beautiful views of the coastal shores and the Kaikoura Seaward Mountains.

  • Choose a 40-minute flight to explore deep offshore waters or a 60-minute flight to circle Mt. Fyffe while whale watching.


  • 30/40/60-minute flight (as per option selected)

  • Informative briefing


  • Hotel Transfers

  • Audio guide

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Up close with Sperm Whales

Did you ever want to catch a glimpse of a whole whale from just a short distance near you and in their natural habitat? You’ve come to the right place! Enjoy a 30-minute helicopter tour from Kaikoura to view the mighty Sperm Whales, in their entirety, from tip to tail. Soak in the stunning views of the coastal shores and the epic Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Ranges.

Sky safari

As you take to the skies, see the diverse marine wildlife that only New Zealand can offer. Enjoy a picturesque bird’s eye view of the landscape and spot the magnificent Sperm Whale, 18 meters long and 60 tons of weight. Bask in the glory of these giant whales as you watch them swim along the waters and don’t forget to capture captivating photos of the whales. Learn about the magnificent creature with an informative briefing provided on the plane. Flying as low as 150 meters, in the helicopter, above the sea, and with a window seat for each person with unobstructed views, release your inner nature lover to spot the magnificent creature. And that’s not all if you’re lucky you may spot dolphins too!

Double the whale time

Want to see more whales? The extended 40-minute flight takes you farther out to sea, where whales love to hang out. More time means a better chance of spotting these giants gliding through the deep water.

Whales AND mountains? That's what you get with the 60-minute flight! Take off, soaring high to search for whale tails. Then, circle around the western face of Mt Fyffe for an otherworldly close-up of its rugged peaks.

Additional information

  • The flight duration would be approximately 30 minutes.

  • No age restrictions.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction.

  • Please arrive at the attraction 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Boarding point

  • Board your flight at Kaikoura Helicopters.

  • Address: 16 West End, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand.

  • Landmark: Coastal Sports.

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