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    What to Expect
    Arrive at our town office and enjoy complimentary transport to the helipads, located right next to the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary, home to a year-round population of sperm whales. You are met by our friendly pilots for a short safety briefing and information on the wildlife.

    After the briefing, board the helicopter to start your amazing experience! Head out into the Hikurangi Marine Reserve to spot the magnificent sperm whales while admiring the gorgeous backdrop of mountains. Resident pods of dusky dolphins are found here, and Kaikoura is on the migratory routes for other species including humpback whales, southern right whales, killer whales, and blue whales depending on the time of year.

    Once you have spent time with the whale, relax and enjoy the flight back along the rugged coastline of Kaikoura, enjoying the views and spotting any other wildlife that are in the area. Stunning vistas and photo opportunities of the Kaikoura Peninsula, Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, and the Pacific Ocean await you at every turn.

    Your experience ends back at the helipad where our complimentary transport is waiting to take you back to town or to your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
    Duration
    30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Scenic helicopter tour to view whales and other wildlife
    • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight
    • Live commentary from our knowledgable pilots
    • Round-trip transfer to and from town, with drop off's to hotels available
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • It is recommended to bring some warm clothing, comfortable footwear, sunglasses and camera
    • Our helicopters have a maximum of 4 passenger seats, if booking more they will be split between helicopters
    • If booking within 48 hours of travel time please contact our office at +6433195548 or free phone within NZ 0800360886
    • All flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers. Please see our website for full terms and conditions
    • 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.
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    We were on a cruise and took a shuttle into Kaikoura center. When we saw the Wings Over Whales tour office we decided to take a chance and see if any seats were available. Very friendly staff member took our information and was able to get us on a helicopter ride that
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    Had the best flight seeing 3 sperm whales! Such a great experience wouldn’t miss it! Pilot and crew went out of their way to make the trip one to remember thanks guys
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    Response from Wings0verWhales, Manager at Heli-Whale Watch Explorer
    Responded 6 days ago
    We are glad we made such a memorable experience. Thank you for the review. enjoy the rest of your travels in New Zealand.
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    Great half hour looking for sperm whales, found 2 so that was great ! Very professional company, free pick up and drop off, felt very safe and had great confidence in Dan who looked after us brilliantly. Highly recommend
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    Response from Wings0verWhales, Manager at Heli-Whale Watch Explorer
    Responded 6 days ago
    Hi Julia We are glad you enjoyed your experience flying with South Pacific Helicopters. I will let Dan know he did a job at looking after you during your flight. Thanks from the team at South Pacific Helicopters.
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    A brilliant exciting experience with two sperm whales and a pod of dolphins seen. Thanks to Pete, our pilot, who provided fascinating facts while flying. Definitely recommend 100%
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    Response from SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Heli-Whale Watch Explorer
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thank you for your review and recommendation. We definitely agree that it is a very exciting way to experience the whales, and awesome that you got to see two!nWe will be sure to pass on your kind words to Pete, thank you for flying with us and Happy New Year!
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    We wanted an open-door experience for better photos and got it! Found a whale quickly. The pilot was very knoledgeable about whales and flew around the whale until it dived.
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    Response from SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Heli-Whale Watch Explorer
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    What a fantastic photo, thank you for sharing! Our pilots love sharing their local knowledge about the wildlife and the area, we will be sure to pass on your thanks to Pete. Happy New Year!
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    About the operator
    By: South Pacific Helicopters
    90 reviews
    458ellenf
    New York City, New York
    8430
    Once in a Lifetime Experience!
    We were on a cruise and took a shuttle into Kaikoura center. When we saw the Wings Over Whales tour office we
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    debslawrence
    10
    Whale watching Kaikoura
    Amazing experience seeing two spermicide whales from the air Great visibility from helicopter although we were
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    ArnikaNoord
    10
    Best experience
    Had the best flight seeing 3 sperm whales! Such a great experience wouldn’t miss it! Pilot and crew went out of
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    Julia B
    Halstead, United Kingdom
    277
    Well worth it!
    Great half hour looking for sperm whales, found 2 so that was great ! Very professional company, free pick up and
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    884gillian
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    10
    Ultimate Adventure
    It was an amazing trip. Saw a whale on the surface at close range and then headed into the mountains where we
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    Harold W
    Meerssen, The Netherlands
    30
    good organisation
    friendly personal. in time, good preparation. correct treatment and excellent flight. Extra landing on top of a
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    Cdcattermole
    10
    Awesome Explorer Helicopter Whale Watch
    A brilliant exciting experience with two sperm whales and a pod of dolphins seen. Thanks to Pete, our pilot, who
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    Adventurer148412
    20
    Truly enjoyable!
    We wanted an open-door experience for better photos and got it! Found a whale quickly. The pilot was very
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    wendy319kaik
    10
    AMAZING ADVENTURE WITH HEAPS TO SEE
    That was a special trip, to ride in a helicopter see such a majestic animal, watch it surface and then after
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    MerylG92
    Byron Bay, Australia
    52
    Absolutely stunning
    The flight was absolutely stunning from start to finish - from the friendly and knowledgeable crew to the
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    Emilblu
    11
    Awesome!
    Cert professional staff, competent and fun! We saw lots of dolphins and a spermwhale, a really cool experience.
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    Fossiebeer
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    30
    Excellent Heli Trip
    Thoroughly enjoyable trip flying in a helicopter, which for my wife was the first time so induced a bit of
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    MsCrisM
    Madrid, Spain
    1718
    Don’t think it twice. GO FOR IT!!
    Simply amazing . There is no doubt this is the best whale watching experience. We were extremely lucky to see two
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    FollowTheSunAndWind
    20
    a MUST!
    Kaikoura is a small town but don't let that fool you when it comes to having fun and being adventurous! If you had
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    barb1251bc
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    50
    Exciting whale watch experience
    This was an amazing experience from the minute we arrived at the airport. All the staff we so welcoming and
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