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Kaikoura: 1 Hour 20 Minute Adventure Helicopter Tour

Kaikoura: 1 Hour 20 Minute Adventure Helicopter Tour

From US$ 637.47 per person

Enjoy an incredible experience capturing the best of Kaikoura by air, land and sea. Do some whale watching and then head up the coastline for a scenic trip including two beautiful scenic landings in the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges.

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Duration 80 minutes
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 4 participants


  • Marvel at whales from above where you can see them in their entirety from tip to tail
  • Enjoy a landing at the beautiful turquoise Hapuku Lake and learn more about the geological effects from the 2016 earthquake
  • Take in the panoramic views for Kaikoura and the Pacific Ocean from the Summit of Mount Fyffe
Full description
Begin your adventure are Kaikoura Airport where you will receive a short safety briefing from your pilot, as well as additional information about the year-round population of sperm whales and the unique underwater Kaikoura Canyon. As you head out over the Pacific Ocean you are surrounded on all sides by the gorgeous scenery of Kaikoura, with the coastal mountains as a backdrop. Slowly orbit the whales so you can see the whole animal from head to tail, minimising your impact on the animal while maximising your time and viewing. Soar back along the coastline keeping an eye out for any other animals that may be around, including the resident population of dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals, as well as any other whale species that may be migrating through including blue, humpback, fin, and killer whales. After completing your wildlife viewing, head for the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges. Fly along the coastline to see the impact from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that changed the entire landscape of the coastal mountains and see the new Papatea Fault where it scars the land and runs out to sea. Fly inland along the Clarence River Valley and back up through the mountain range for a landing at the turquoise waters of the newly created Hapuku Dam Lake, which was created during the November 2016 earthquake. Enjoy the scenery as you fly back through the mountain range to land.
  • 1 hour 20-minute whale watching and scenic helicopter flight
  • 2 scenic landings!
  • Inflight commentary
  • Experienced pilot
  • Headsets
  • Life jackets
  • Real-time flight tracking
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People prone to seasickness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses

Know before you go

  • Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions
  • Your flight date and/or time may be different to the one requested
  • All whale watching flights are carried out in accordance with New Zealand's Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Regulations
  • All travelers must be weighed at check-in due to aircraft weight restrictions
  • Flights are suitable for families, infants, children, individuals with mobility impairments, and those who might suffer from seasickness
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December 21, 2019

Product ID: 264282