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Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch

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USD 305.48
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    What to Expect
    Our office is located right in the centre of Kaikoura town from here enjoy complimentary transport to the helipads to receive a short safety briefing from our pilots, as well as information about the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary and the wildlife you can expect to see on the tour.  

    After the briefing you're ready to head out and explore what Kaikoura has to offer! View sperm whales and resident pods of dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Kaikoura is located on the the migratory routes for humpback whales, southern right whales, killer whales, and even blue whales depending on the time of year. You'll experience stunning vistas of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, as well as the Kaikoura Peninsula, and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. 

    After a successful whale sighting fly along the coastline spotting wildlife including the resident populations of dusky dolphins as well as New Zealand fur seals 

    Your experience ends back at the helipad where complimentary transportation is waiting for you back to your hotel or into town.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    617 SH 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Scenic helicopter flight to view whales and other wildlife
    • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight
    • Live commentary from our pilots
    • Round-trip transfer to and from town. Contact our reservations team to organise
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • All flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers. Please see our website for full terms and conditions
    • It is recommended to bring some warm clothing, comfortable footwear, sunglasses and camera
    • Our helicopter has a maximum of 4 passenger seats, if more people booking then they will be split between helicopters
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    Reviews (5)
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    Reviewed 22 February 2019 via mobile

    Booked the 45 minute heli safari whale watch. All the staff extremely freindly and made us feel very welcome. Our Pilot, Zack, was brilliant, when we spotted the Whales he wasted no time time getting overhead. Circling these magnificent ocean behemoths he allowed us to...More

    Thank Richard S
    SouthPacificHeli, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2019

    Its a completely different view watching the whales from above and it does make for some incredible photo opportunities of the wildlife, then the landing on the mountain is the icing on top of the cake! thank you so much for you review and flying...More

    Reviewed 25 June 2018

    Dan is an amazing guide and pilot, very friendly and helpful. The weather was purfect and the views were amazing. We saw two whales within minutes of taking off, we then went up and landed on the hill for a view you’d never forget. When...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    1  Thank ChrisM13669
    SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

    Thanks so much Chris! Sounds like a perfect day! We're always so glad to share the magic that is Kaikoura. The whales, the views, we live in a very special place and are happy to have provided you with such a memorable experience. Be sure...More

    Reviewed 23 May 2018

    Seeing whales was one of the main reasons we went to Kaikoura. Amazing time in the air,. We flew around the sperm whale. With the lower morning light we were even able to see the Sperm whale's pectoral fins, and the size of the head,...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank 216Gayle2
    SouthPacificWhales, Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

    It really is a unique and incredible experience to be able to view the entire whale- especially the sperm whales which are pretty unique (and weird looking) creatures! We are so happy you enjoyed your trip and to here this tour was the highlight is...More

    Reviewed 22 January 2018

    Amazing time in the air,. We flew around three whales. With the lower morning light we were even able to see the Sperm whale's pectoral fins, and the size of the head, something missed from the boats. Cruising over the dolphins gave an appreciation of...More

    Date of experience: January 2018
    3  Thank UkEagle
    SouthPacificWhales, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2018

    What awesome photos! Its so cool to be able to see how whole whale, and see how tiny the pectoral fins are compared to the body. You're definitely right, you can't really appreciate the size and numbers of the wildlife till you see it from...More

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