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Kaikoura Helicopters

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Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6609
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Relaxed efficient and reliable

What more could you ask for. They were no nonsense but engaging and very clearly knew what they... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
Nelson, New Zealand
Boats fully booked because of weather and tide problems

We called Kaikoura Helicopters. Lots of options. Its a 4 seater chopper. You an choose with 4 or... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Zeewolde, The Netherlands
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Kaikoura is world renowned for its whale watching – it also boasts some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer. Helping you experience this is Kaikoura Helicopters, the most experienced aerial whale watching company in the world. We can have you lifting off from our centrally located heli – pads and within minutes be in the spectacular environment that plays host to the magnificent Sperm Whale. From the comfort of our helicopter, experience this ultimate vantage point, viewing the entire whale from head to tail. Our exclusive alpine flights allow you to get up close and personal with some of the highest mountains in New Zealand. Land at altitude amongst the stunning Kaikoura Seaward Ranges and encounter 360 - degree views of this unique and rugged coastline. We also offer scenic flights, heli hikes, heli picnics, heli rafting, heli biking, charters, nationwide transfers, weddings, hunting, film and photography, gift vouchers, and more! Flying everyday!
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Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6609
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

What more could you ask for. They were no nonsense but engaging and very clearly knew what they were doing and the countryside they were in. Modern and high end machines as well.

Thank timtT6478JH
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We called Kaikoura Helicopters. Lots of options. Its a 4 seater chopper. You an choose with 4 or with just the two of us. We don’t mind flying with 4 so we took that option. After the safety briefing comes a good explanation about whales,...More

Thank erikdefotograaf
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

They have friendly staff and you can use the AA traveller voucher to get the price down to 245NZD for a 40min flight. The pilot had good routine and found the sperm whale quick after 8min and we spend 8min to fly around the whale...More

Thank marcbS8146KI
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We went to book the Whale Watch cruise only to find they're fully booked weeks ahead. This is because post-earthquake they only have one boat sailing three times a day instead of six boats hourly. Hence we opted for the helicopter tour and it's a...More

Thank phil100652
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Thank you Pete for paying attention to the whales and their habits! We saw two sperm whales and had several minutes to take photos before they dived down again. Then the trip to Mount Fyffe was amazing, we could see all the way to the...More

Thank Jenn P
Reviewed 30 August 2016

I absolutely loved this experience and would recommend it to everyone. It was also cheaper than I had expected because I was able to jump in with another couple. The views of the Kaikoura peninsula are just breathtaking and the ariel view of the wales...More

Thank Don S
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Had intended to go whale watching by boat but it was full so looked further and saw the helicopter flight. I was a little dubious as it isn't cheap and I'm very scared off heights but Chelsea was very helpful and reassuring, explaining the whole...More

Thank DaredevilMick
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Myself and my two friends are from Ireland and we're spending our last day of holidays in kaikoura. We were leaving for the ferry in the afternoon so did not have much time in kaikoura! The boat would take too long and the airplane was...More

1  Thank Una F
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Just had an awesome 30min flight with Kaikoura Helicopters and spotted three blue whales! Great flight and very friendly and informative crew. Magic!

Thank Fleur K
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We decided on the spur of the moment to do this. The pilots were really helpful and advised us the Whale hadn't been seen for a few hours so suggested we hold off on our flight until it had been located again. Aaron the phoned...More

1  Thank 606Jotraveller606
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Heather F
21 September 2016|
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Response from DaredevilMick | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it is cheaper if the helicopter is full as the flight price is split 3 ways rather then two. They are very helpful and I'm sure if you contact them in advance with flexibility for date and time they will do their best to... More
Irene S
20 January 2015|
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Response from Kaikoura H | Property representative |
Hi Irene, Thank you for your enquiry. As commented above, our flights do not include Franz Josef or Arthurs Pass, although we do have an array of Whale Watching flight options, as well as Coastal or Alpine flight options... More