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“Stunning scenery and so much incredible wildlife!”

South Pacific Whale Watch
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Reasons for listing: 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. We can have you lift off from our conveniently located helipads adjacent to the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary and within minutes searching for the amazing resident sperm whales that are found here in Kaikoura year round. From your aerial vantage point you are able to view the whales from tip to tail as it's sitting on the surface resting before its next dive. On occasion we are also able to show you the other sights of the area such as 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 mountains 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, wedding and honeymoon packages, plus commercial work specialising in precision lifting. Safety is paramount and we choose to only use modern turbine helicopters with all the latest safety equipment such as emergency pop-out floats and satellite tracking of our helicopters.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Absolutely fantastic! My partner and did the 40 minute whale and dolphin watching flight this August and loved the whole experience. Our pilot was very knowledgeable and friendly and even took some photos of us in front of the helicopter at the end of the trip. We saw around 400 dusky dolphins, some NZ fur seals and 3 sperm whales. We had a beautiful clear blue sky day and you could see for miles, the Kaikoura coastline is breathtaking. It was amazing to get to see the whole whale from up in the air and hover around until it dived down. Would highly recommend this trip!

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Daniel S, Public Relations Manager at South Pacific Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you had a fantastic time with South Pacific Whale Watch Kaikoura NZ! We are pretty spoilt for beautiful scenery and the abundant wildlife here in Kaikoura, and our eco-friendly helicopters (noise reduction/energy efficient aircraft) make it so much more enjoyable. Please do share your experience with friends and family and we hope to see you both again real soon. Best wishes from South Pacific Whale Watch Kaikoura NZ TEAM!

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Family visiting Manakau198. Excellent trip by very informative pilot flying over earthquake damage (even where does where stranded) and snow topped mountains. Very enjoyable experience. Will definitely book again on our next visit.

1  Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Custom tailored trip to suit visiting family. Pilot put the first time flyers at ease, very knowledgeable and pointed out areas of interest (there were a lot post quake!). Fantastic experience. Family already planning whale watch trip for next visit!

1  Thank manakau198
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Had a lovely time flying over the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula with South Pacific. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff and breathtaking views. A must do :)

1  Thank Mags_Jones
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as350b3e, Owner at South Pacific Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Thanks for your review glad we could help and you enjoyed your experience with us.

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Thank you South Pacific! I had a brilliant flight over the Town of Kaikoura, along the Peninsular and around the back of Mount Fyffe. It was absolutely brilliant. Amazing sights and landscapes. Highly recommended to all!!

1  Thank Katie-jayne G
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