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South Pacific Whale Watch

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72 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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South Pacific Whale Watch is New Zealand's premier whale watching excursion and the only fully permitted helicopter operator in Kaikoura, offering unparalleled whale watching experiences. Soar above it all, explore nature with us, and have an unforgettable one-of-a-kind unique adventure in New Zealand. South Pacific Whale Watch offer a quality experience orbiting the resident sperm whales and the playful dusky dolphins and curious New Zealand fur seals. Not only can we show you the whales, but within minutes we can also have you landing high in the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges that tower straight out of the Pacific Ocean, for amazing views of the local area. South Pacific Helicopters, a subsidiary of South Pacific Whale Watch, also provides services such as charter and scenic flights, mountain biking, rafting, hunting, photography, engagement, skiing and snowboarding in season, wedding, special occasions, plus commercial work specialising in precision lifting. And - 100% No Sea Sickness!
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The pilot was so kind with us. We saw one whale, and was such an exciting experience. The scenery is stunning. Go for itMore

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SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kaikoura really does take your breath away with its scenery AND whales doesn't it? Especially this time of year when we start getting the snow on top of the mountains. We're glad you had a great trip and will pass on your message to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately we didn’t see a whale which I am told is pretty rare. However we had a nice time on the tour seeing dusky dolphins, fur seals and lots of albatross. We were also offered an 80% refund or another tour which is such a...More

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SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ben! Thank you for the wonderful review but I have a feeling you may have done your tour with Whale Watch Kaikoura, the boat whale watching tour offered here in Kaikoura. Here at South Pacific we offer Whale Watching via Helicopter here in beautiful...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Just returned from a whale watch...third one with this group over the years. Saw over a dozen whales. So many breaching. It was fantastic!!!More

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SouthPacificWhales, Public Relations Manager at South Pacific Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thanks very much for your review, it is very much appreciated, however I do believe you went on a whale watch in Hawaii, and not in New Zealand where our company is based. It is prime season for humpback whales in Hawaii right now and...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

I booked this for my dad's Christmas present, at 65 he said this was the best he's ever had! One of the most exciting thing I've ever done and having seen dolphins and whales from boats, this perspective is incredibly unique. You can see the...More

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SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

We're so happy your dad enjoyed his birthday trip so much Eryn! Seeing those dolphins next to that whale defiantly gave some REAL perspective to how massive these whales actually are. Our coastline is forever surprising us with unique sights and experiences! No whale watch...More

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