Air Kaikoura Aero Club
Air Kaikoura Aero Club
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The best way to see Kaikoura's World Famous Sperm Whales and Marine Life - Make your trip to New Zealand one to remember with Air Kaikoura Depart from Kaikoura Airport on a trip to view the mighty Sperm whales in their natural environment - from the air you'll have the best view getting to fully appreciate the size of these majestic animals. Air Kaikoura's friendly team have been operating Whale Watching Flights for 30+ years, so you can trust you're getting the most quality experience out there. While on your Whale Watching flight get to appreciate the beauty Kaikoura has to offer from the air - enjoy picturesque views of the dramatic mountains that meet the vibrant turquoise seas. Get to enjoy all of Kaikoura's famous marine life from a 40 minute flight, some things you can potentially see: Sperm Whales, Dusky Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Orca.
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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2023

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Gail M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great experience:) loved the pilot for staying up longer so we could see a whale and we did … had a whale of a time … would do it again
Written 27 February 2024
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HJRLondon
London39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The guide was very enthusiastic and gave us a very informative briefing before the flight about the whales and other marine life in the area. We were lucky enough to see several sperm whales, pilot whales which aren't usually in the area and a massive pod of dolphins. We thought it was the right amount of time and it will be one of the highlights of our NZ trip.
Written 24 February 2024
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Richard A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Air Kaikoura Whale Watching Flight was an amazing experience and well worth the money, especially if you can get a discounted deal. Our pilot Alex was a very good guide and we did get to see a Sperm whale. The pre flight talk about whales and dolphins was also very interesting.
Written 23 February 2024
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Flyer21911243693
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Fantastic!!! We had an incredible time!! Everyone was professional and knowledgeable!! All the information about the whales and the New Zealand landscape was great! The flight was awesome, smooth and easy! The views of the coast and torquoise ocean was so beautiful! Seeing the Sperm whale was the icing on the cake! Just incredible, a once in a lifetime! Thank you!!
Written 18 February 2024
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Steve A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a fun experience! Pilot Tim was great and put me at ease as I am a nervous flyer. Beautiful bay views and awesome whale/dolphin sightings. Highly recommend this professional operation.
Written 16 February 2024
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We're glad you enjoyed your flight with Tim! Thanks for leaving a review, safe travels!
Written 17 February 2024
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mishalou9
Southport, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing experience!
Arrived 40 minutes before and had time to watch other planes take off and land. Comprehensive safety briefing beforehand. My sister had the enviable front seat next to our Pilot Tim and resisted the temptation to meddle with the controls 😂
We had a fantastic flight where we saw a Blue Whale and 3 Orkas! Plenty of time for photos and videos.
Written 15 February 2024
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Thanks for the review, we're glad you enjoyed the experience! Safe travels.
Written 17 February 2024
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Katrina M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had the best time on our flight with Air Kaikoura! The pilot was so friendly and amazing at spotting whales. We were very lucky to fly on such a sunny and calm day and we managed to see a blue whale and a sperm whale! You’re also guaranteed a window seat which is great. Thank you for such a wonderful experience, we would highly recommend to anyone!
Written 10 February 2024
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Great that you got to see a Blue Whale and a Sperm Whale! Glad you enjoyed the experience, thanks for leaving a review!
Written 15 February 2024
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AliAnd
Salisbury, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The AirKaikoura 40 minute whale watching flight was excellent from start to finish, and the cost was no more than the local whale watching boat trip!

What a wonderful experience it was to see the majestic sperm whale breathing on the surface, then diving to hunt giant squid in the depths of the Kaikoura trench. The pilot spotted the whales and circled before dropping down for a closer look. It was thrilling but we also felt safe. It was amazing to see so many dusky dolphins in densely packed pods for protection from predators during calving.

The safety briefing information about the marine mammals & geology of the area was most informative, and the commentary during the flight was good too.

It was an experience I shall remember for a long time.
Written 8 February 2024
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We're so glad you enjoyed the experience and the wildlife, thanks for writing a review!
Written 15 February 2024
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Kristen H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very comprehensive safety review and able to see at least 10 whales. Pilot does a good job of spitting them and getting you close. It’s thrilling when he circles and drops to get close to the water but you feel safe. Highly recommend!
Written 7 February 2024
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Thanks for the review!
Written 15 February 2024
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Arthur J
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
An excellent experience all around. Everyone with the company was super helpful and friendly. And you can tell they love what they do.
Written 7 February 2024
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Thanks for the kind review!
Written 15 February 2024
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