Kaikoura: 1-Hour Whale Watching Helicopter Tour

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Spot whales from the air and make a summit landing for 360-degree views. Book your Kaikoura: 1-Hour Whale Watching Helicopter Tour here.

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Embark on a Helicopter Adventure

Book the Kaikoura: 1-Hour Whale Watching Helicopter Tour in advance! Experience the thrill of spotting sperm whales, dusky dolphins, and fur seals from a bird’s-eye view. This adventure takes you above the ocean, offering a unique perspective on these majestic creatures.

Preparation for the Journey

Before the journey begins, a safety briefing is conducted by the pilot. You’ll also learn about the sperm whales that inhabit these waters all year round and the unique underwater Kaikoura Canyon.

The Whale Sanctuary and Hikurangi Marine Reserve

Next, you’ll board the helicopter and fly over the Whale Sanctuary and Hikurangi Marine Reserve. Here, you’ll have the chance to observe a pod of sperm whales in their natural habitat.

Coastline of the Kaikoura Peninsula

As you continue along the stunning coastline of the Kaikoura Peninsula, keep an eye out for the playful dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals that call these waters home.

Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges

The final stop of the day is the towering peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges. Experience an incredible alpine landing and take a moment to walk around on the rugged pristine land, taking in the breathtaking vistas of the mountains, peninsula, and ocean.

Return Journey

As your journey comes to an end, you’ll return to the helicopter for the flight back. The memories of this incredible adventure will stay with you long after you’ve left the stunning landscapes of Kaikoura behind.


Reflect on the day’s experiences as you gaze out at the ocean one last time. The sight of the sperm whales, dusky dolphins, and fur seals in their natural habitat is a sight you’ll never forget.

Conservation Efforts

These experiences remind us of the importance of conservation efforts. Protecting these species and their habitats ensures that future generations can also enjoy these incredible encounters.

Final Thoughts

As you leave, carry with you not just memories, but also a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity of marine life. Let this adventure inspire you to become a steward of the ocean and its inhabitants.

End of the Day

Kaikoura: 1-Hour Whale Watching Helicopter Tour – As the day comes to a close, take one last look at the breathtaking landscape. The sun setting over the ocean, the mountains in the distance, and the wildlife going about their day – it’s a sight to behold.

Looking Forward

Looking forward, let’s hope that our efforts to conserve these beautiful creatures and their habitats are successful. So that future generations can also experience the joy of such an adventure.

Continuing the Adventure

Even after the adventure ends, the memories and experiences will continue to inspire you. The sights, sounds, and feelings from this journey will serve as a constant reminder of the beauty of nature.

Take Action

Use this experience as a catalyst for change. Get involved in conservation efforts and spread the word about the importance of protecting these magnificent creatures and their habitats.

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617 State Highway 1, Peketā 7374, New Zealand

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3 reviews for Kaikoura: 1-Hour Whale Watching Helicopter Tour

  1. joe – New Zealand (verified owner)

    It was a fantastic tour with the pilot – sorry forgot his name. He is very good at flying and very friendly. We saw the huge whale, which is approximately the same length with the 23m boat, and heaps of dusk dolphins, and the pilot knew the whale so well and counted-down the exact time when it dived into deep water with iconic tail. The pilot also flew us to see the Kaikoura Earth-Quake fault-line, landslide and even the barrier lake. Really enjoy it. Thanks.

  2. Anne – United States (verified owner)

    Outstanding way to see the whales! Also, what we learned is the least invasive way to observe them without disturbing them. Daniel was our pilot and guide. He was very thorough in explaining all the safety features (including showing and amusing video) He was not only a very experienced pilot but had a wealth of information about the local wildlife. We loved the fact that all the other pilots and boat operators shared their spotting with each other so you were sure to see whales and dolphins at some point. We were able to watch several different sperm whales for a long period of time before they dove. A bonus was finding a number of orcas eating a 12 foot swordfish. To top it off, we observed large pods of dolphins playfully following a Swim with Dolphins boat. Daniel then landed on top of a steep hill in a farm field and offered us spectacular views. We also enjoyed his tour along both coasts and he provided us with some good recommendations. It’s a splurge but well worth it!

  3. Michaela – Czech Republic (verified owner)

    it was amazing event in our life. And our Pilot Daniel was excellent.

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