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 November 2016 earthquake.
Then into the chopper, its breezy so hold on to your seats. The flight is nosey (as in any chopper) but the pilot is good and fly’s smooth. After 10 minutes the first sighting. We circle around and wait for the dive. Plenty of photo opportunities. Than a second whale, a little smaller, just 8 meters.
We see 5 whales and we can hear another plane talking about a group of Duskydelphins 10 minutes away, to the south. We spotted a group there from the shore and becauseoOur time is almost up we return to base.
Was it worth it?
YES a BIG YES.
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