- The ultimate whale-spotting experience from a helicopter!
- Enjoy panoramic views of Kaikoura Peninsula
- Spot seal colonies along the rocks
- If the whales are close to shore, there is a possibility of spotting dolphins
- Possibility of seeing humpback whales that are migrating May/November
- The pilot will help you spot Sperm Whales
Kaikoura Helicopter And Whale Watching FlightKaikoura's iconic helicopter tour that flies above the deep-sea canyon and searches for giant Sperm Whales!
What to Expect
This helicopter tour departs from beachfront helipads to fly over the world's largest marine mammals, Sperm Whales! From the comfort of the helicopter, you'll enjoy the ultimate whale-spotting experience.
After take-off, the pilot will fly above Kaikoura’s unique deep-sea canyon. He'll let you know where to look for the magnificent Sperm Whale. This tour offers the ultimate vantage point to see whales and explore Kaikoura. You'll get to see an entire whale from head to tail as the pilot flies slow orbits above. There may also be large pods of dolphins playing in the water.
You may have the possibility to see baleen whales migrating, including humpbacks on their way from feeding grounds near Antarctica, to their birthing and breeding grounds in Tonga & Niue from May through to November. On the return journey to the helipad, keep an eye out for the NZ Fur Seals basking along the rocks and small Hectors Dolphins swimming in the water. You'll also get breathtaking views of the rugged Kaikoura coastline.
This is a quick 30-minute flight with minimum adult passenger numbers.
Frequently Asked Questions
The tour sees whales 97% of the time. Occasionally, despite best efforts and flight planning, you may not see a whale. This is rare and unfortunate but can happen. If you do not see a whale, there is not refund policy.
Safety is paramount in determining if the weather is good to fly. Cancellations or postponements may occur if the weather is deemed unsafe to fly.
All flights are subject to a minimum passenger number of 2 for brochure flights. Bookings will be accepted for numbers less than the required minimum and we will try our best to coordinate bookings to achieve the required minimum for the flight to depart, but this cannot be guaranteed
All departures are subject to change or cancellation if weather conditions are not suitable or if the minimum numbers required for the flight are not met. The tour will do its best to reschedule your flight, or a refund will be offered (see Cancellation & Refund information below)
Flights operate every day except for Christmas Day
Safety is paramount in determining if the weather is good to fly. Cancellations or postponements may occur if the weather is deemed unsafe to fly
Flight times and routes are subject to weather conditions; the flight route may vary due to weather
Individual and total weight restrictions apply to specific aircraft or flights
The pilot will determine the seating of passengers based on weight and balance restrictions of the helicopter
The helicopter used may vary and is at the discretion of Kaikoura Helicopters/GCH Aviation. Helicopters being R44, EC130, AS350
Infants who weigh 18kgs or less and are aged 3 years or under fly free of charge, children over 3 and/or over 18kgs must occupy their own seat and the full fare be paid for that seat
Child prices refer to the ages of 4 to 11 years old or infants weighing over 18kg
We see whales 97% of the time. Occasionally, despite our very best efforts and flight planning, you may not see a whale. This is rare and unfortunate, but can happen. If you do not see a whale, unfortunately we do not have a refund policy.
Change of date: Reservations may be transferred to another date, subject to space availability, with no transfer fee incurred, provided notification is received at least 24 hours in advance or at least 4 days in advance for groups of 5+. If you or GCH Aviation are unable to re-schedule the flight then a full refund will be provided
No refund will be given for no-shows or changes you make to your booking less than 24 hours prior to departure
Weather cancellations are out of our control, we will try to rebook you for another time or a refund will be offered in accordance with our refund policy guidelines
Should inclement weather prevent a flight at the booked location, the same prepaid voucher will be accepted at any of GCH Aviation's bases in New Zealand for a flight of similar duration and price. If you are unable to re-schedule the flight then a full refund will be offered
Where payment is made by credit card and a refund applies, the amount must be refunded back to the credit card in New Zealand dollars. GCH Aviation takes no responsibility in paying any transaction fees incurred for this
Payments made by credit card will result in the refund being refunded back to that original credit card only - no cash refunds apply
No cancellation fee applies for FIT cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance or at least 4 days in advance for groups of 5+
Bookings and payments made through third party sites will be subject to their terms and conditions and refunds will come from them, not GCH Aviation
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