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Premier Helicopter Whale Watch

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    What to Expect
    Your experiences starts in the town office for complimentary transport to the helipads overlooking the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary. The pilot gives a short safety briefing and informative talk about our year round population of sperm whales and the unique underwater Kaikoura Canyon.

    Once the briefing is finished, jump in a helicopter and head straight out over the Whale Sanctuary and Hikurangi Marine Reserve for a chance to view the unique sperm whales. Viewing from a helicopter allows views of the entire whale and maximises time viewing the wildlife while minimising any disruption of their natural behaviour. 

    After enjoying time viewing the whale, fly along the magnificent coastline and the Kaikoura Peninsula, all the while looking for other marine life in the area like resident playful dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Head up next to the towering peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges for an incredible alpine landing. Get out and walk around on rugged pristine land with breathtaking vistas of the mountains, peninsula, and oceans from all angles. 

    Your experience ends back at the helipads where complimentary transportation is waiting to take 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
    • Alpine landing high in the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, with snow landing during winter season
    • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly during your flight
    • Live commentary from our pilots
    • Round-trip transfer to and from town available, contact the 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 minimum numbers and weather conditions. 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.
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    Thoroughly enjoyable trip flying in a helicopter, which for my wife was the first time so induced a bit of excitement on her behalf. The crew were excellent and very knowledgeable. First we flew to the top of Mt. Fyffe and took in the views until the whales were ready to
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    Response from SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Premier Helicopter Whale Watch
    Responded 11 Dec 2019
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're so pleased you both enjoyed the trip, and we were able to give your wife her first helicopter experience. Sounds like a wonderful trip and you were lucky enough to see 2 different species! Thanks again from the team at South Pacific Helicopters.
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    Dan, the owner, took us on an amazing whale watch trip. Not on,y did we see the sperm whale, he took us along the coast to see many dolphins. From there we flew through the valleys and pecks and landed on top of a peck to see a beautiful view of Kaikoura. We highly recommend
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    Response from SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Premier Helicopter Whale Watch
    Responded 27 Feb 2019
    Thank you for taking the time to review your trip, and for your recommendation. Spermwhales, dolphins, and scenery- can't go wrong!
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    We chose the most expensive 'ultimate experience' tour. We had lovely weather, found a couple of Sperm Whales which we circled until the creatures dived. We saw hundreds of dolphins, then enjoyed a trip along the coast and into the mountains where we landed at 'the new lake' and
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    Response from SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Premier Helicopter Whale Watch
    Responded 27 Feb 2019
    Thank you for your review! The Ultimate Adventure that you went on is really an incredible trip showcasing whales, wildlife, and the gorgeous scenery of Kaikoura that most people don't get to experience. So glad you loved it!
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    A helicopter is an ideal way to view whales since you only see parts of the animal from a boat unless it breaches, while the helicopter can hover overhead, and with such clear water you can see their entire length and girth. As a bonus, the landscape views were breathtaking!
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    Response from SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Premier Helicopter Whale Watch
    Responded 6 Jan 2019
    Thank you so much for taking the the time review your trip, we love hearing your feedback! It is a pretty special experience to see the animals from above, the sperm whales are so unique and strange looking, being able to see the entire animal is an awesome experience. We are so lucky to get the sperm whale here in Kaikoura year round and so glad you were able to see them not on one tour but on two! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip in New Zealand!
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    We headed off over water fairly close to shore and saw dolphins, schools of fish and various birdlife. Whales had been scarce the previous few days but we weren't bothered by this. Instead of going further out to sea, we decided to fly over to the mountains and land on snow. We
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    Response from SouthPacificWhales, Manager at Premier Helicopter Whale Watch
    Responded 30 Oct 2018
    There aren't many things more fun than throwing snow balls at your parents! Well.. maybe taking a helicopter trip up to to the top of the mountains to get to the snow 😊 Sounds like you guys had a great trip, were so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you for your review, we loved providing this experience for you and your family.
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    About the operator
    By: South Pacific Helicopters
    90 reviews
    New York City, New York
    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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    Whale watching Kaikoura
    Amazing experience seeing two spermicide whales from the air Great visibility from helicopter although we were
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    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
    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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    Christchurch, New Zealand
    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
    good organisation
    friendly personal. in time, good preparation. correct treatment and excellent flight. Extra landing on top of a
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    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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    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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    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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    Byron Bay, Australia
    Absolutely stunning
    The flight was absolutely stunning from start to finish - from the friendly and knowledgeable crew to the
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    Cert professional staff, competent and fun! We saw lots of dolphins and a spermwhale, a really cool experience.
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    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    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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    Madrid, Spain
    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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    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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    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    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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