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Kaikoura Helicopters Ltd

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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About Kaikoura Helicopters Ltd
Kaikoura is world renowned for its whale watching – it also boasts some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer. Helping you experience this is Kaikoura Helicopters, the most experienced aerial whale watching company in the world. We can have you lifting off from our centrally located heli – pads and within minutes be in the spectacular environment that plays host to the magnificent Sperm Whale. From the comfort of our helicopter, experience this ultimate vantage point, viewing the entire whale from head to tail. Our exclusive alpine flights allow you to get up close and personal with some of the highest mountains in New Zealand. Land at altitude amongst the stunning Kaikoura Seaward Ranges and encounter 360 - degree views of this unique and rugged coastline. We also offer scenic flights, Seasonal snow landings, heli picnics, heli rafting, heli biking, charters, nationwide transfers, weddings, hunting, film and photography, gift vouchers, and more! Flying everyday!
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Kaikoura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

Helicopters depart from our centrally located beach front helipads, lifting off on your scenic helicopter tour to view the Kaikoura Coast. View Sperm Whales from head to tail, offering you a unique and uninterrupted vantage point of these magnificent marine mammals.
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30 minutes
from US$251.67

Kaikoura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch flight

Within minutes of taking off from our beach from helipads, you will be in the spectacular environment that plays host to one of the worlds largest marine mammals, the magnificent Sperm Whale.
This flight allows you extra time in the whale area to view these majestic creatures of the deep. This also gives you the possibility of viewing dolphins for just a little extra

- A better option for when the whales are feeding further off shore or are holding their breath for longer than expected

- More chance to view any transient baleen whales - these whales typically spend short surface intervals (one to 4 breaths) followed by long periods under water (often 2-5 minutes), the longer flight time gives us longer wait for them.

- Depending on the location of the Sperm whales, gives us more time to search for dolphin and /or fly along the Kaikoura southern coastline on our way back to land.
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40 minutes
from US$345.15

Kaikoura Helicopters Coastal Whale Watch flight

Helicopters depart from our centrally located beach front helipads, lifting off on your scenic helicopter tour to view the Kaikoura Coast. View Sperm Whales from head to tail, offering you a unique and uninterrupted vantage point of these magnificent marine mammals. Landing at our exclusive mountain site overlooking the whale sanctuary with a magnificent view. Allowing for great photo opportunities.
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50 minutes
from US$399.07

Kaikoura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watch flight

Helicopters depart from our centrally located beach front helipads, lifting off on your scenic helicopter tour to view the Kaikoura Coast. View Sperm Whales from head to tail, offering you a unique and uninterrupted vantage point of these magnificent marine mammals. Enjoy the true Kaikoura 'where the mountains meet the sea' experience by further exploring the Seaward Kaikoura ranges and a Alpine landing with magnificent views.
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1 hour
from US$453.00
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Carolyn wrote a review Jan 2018
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions3 helpful votes
Choose this one for my daughter, as she really want to have a look how the real whale looks like, but we did not meet any. She is disappointed. However the pilot has tried his best, and the staff is friendly. Really hope to view again.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Response from Kaikoura H, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Helicopters Ltd
Responded 19 Feb 2018
Thank you for your feedback and thank you for flying with us. We’re sorry that we could not find you a whale. We do our best to find one on every flight but unfortunately, just as we say in our briefings, they are wild animals in their natural habitat and on rare occasions we can miss them. We look forward to seeing you next time.
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59Helen59 wrote a review Nov 2017
Västerås, Sweden6 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a great helicopter tour and saw a huge sperm whale. When you see them from above you get a sense of how big they really are. And the scenery from the helicopter is absolutely fantastic. We can highly recommend this!
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Date of experience: November 2017
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timtT6478JH wrote a review Apr 2017
Nelson, New Zealand152 contributions54 helpful votes
What more could you ask for. They were no nonsense but engaging and very clearly knew what they were doing and the countryside they were in. Modern and high end machines as well.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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erikdefotograaf wrote a review Feb 2017
Zeewolde, The Netherlands408 contributions69 helpful votes
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We called Kaikoura Helicopters. Lots of options. Its a 4 seater chopper. You an choose with 4 or with just the two of us. We don’t mind flying with 4 so we took that option. After the safety briefing comes a good explanation about whales, delphin and the aftermath of the
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Date of experience: February 2017
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marcbS8146KI wrote a review Feb 2017
Nordhausen, Deutschland5 contributions
They have friendly staff and you can use the AA traveller voucher to get the price down to 245NZD for a 40min flight. The pilot had good routine and found the sperm whale quick after 8min and we spend 8min to fly around the whale BUT honestly the whale seems tiny and could be a
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Date of experience: February 2017
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