South Pacific Whale Watch in Kaikoura provide whale watching and scenic flight experiences by helicopter from 30 minute introduction to experience the whales in Kaikoura’s marine wildlife sanctuary to their longest and most exclusive for the discerning traveler a 90 minute premier flight that showcases everything kaikoura has to offer from its marine life to landing high on the Kaikoura Ranges taking in stunning vista’s of its coastline and snow capped mountain terrain.
This is South Pacific Helicopters NZ’s exclusive flight that showcases natures force: the geological and environmental changes to Kaikoura coastal areas, mountain ranges, rivers and infrastructure. Over a year has passed since the midnight earthquake, and so much has changed here in Kaikoura, with a massive recovery effort to return the highway back to fully functioning, and allow everyone to easily reach our amazing town. Some of the sights you can see during your flight include the impressive Papatea Fault, which is visible along the coastline heading out into the sea, as well as the Hapuku River Dam which was
created during the earthquake, the Clarence Valley damages, and the changes and repairs along State Highway 1 North. The recovery effort has been incredible and is still ongoing, it is amazing to see how much has been accomplished, as well as see the extent of the slips and changes to both the Inland and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and State Highway 1. The ‘Aftershock Adventure’ is a perfect tour for those who would like to experience the sights and scenery from above, and land in an alpine environment at the new “Quake Lake” to see the gorgeous turquoise waters.
Our Whale Watch Explorer flight is our introductory trip enabling you to enjoy the many marine wonders that the Kaikoura area has to offer. Focusing on the mighty Sperm Whales that are prevalent in the area year round, we are able to position you for that perfect photo by slowly orbiting around the whale in a way only a helicopter can. With us you can see the Whale in its entirety from tip to tail as they rest on the surface of the ocean preparing for their next dive to the depths of the Kaikoura Canyon to feed on Giant Squid.
Enjoy a 35 minute flight to see the natural beauty of Kaikoura. Start your tour flying along the coastline to the Kaikoura Peninsula, spotting unique geological features of the Peninsula and keeping an eye out for the playful New Zealand fur seals. Afterwards head up to the summit of Mount Fyffe for an alpine landing to take in the breathtaking views. Get out and experience 360 degree views of gorgeous scenery. You can take in the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Seaward and Inland Mountain Ranges all in one gorgeous vista.
Our 45 minute “Ocean Safari” experiences takes you on the same journey as our 30 minute “Explorer” to view the local sperm whale population, with an added bonus of extra time out in the whale watching area to view other migratory whale species as well as resident dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. Afterward (weather permitting) land high up on the hills at our exclusive landing site for the perfect photo opportunity of the Pacific Ocean, the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, and the Kaikoura Peninsula.
This is South Pacific Whale Watches longest and most exclusive flight that showcases everything the beautiful coastal town of Kaikoura has to offer, from the wonderful creatures of the deep such as Sperm Whales, Dusky Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals to the stunning natural beauty of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges towering to 9000ft straight out of the Pacific Ocean. Included in this flight is a landing on Mount Fyffe with amazing panoramic views of the Kaikoura Peninsula and surrounding area with Christchurch and Wellington visible on clear days in the distance (This is a seasonal snow landing).
Kaikoura Ultimate Adventure is an incredible experience capturing the best of Kaikoura; see the magnificent vistas of coastal shores, picturesque landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, and diverse marine wildlife in a way only a helicopter can. We combine our whale watching tours with our scenic tour. Slowly orbit our multitude of marine animals including the resident sperm whales, dusky dolphins, and NZ fur seals and other whale species migrating through year round population of sperm whales, taking in coastal views and whatever other wildlife is in the area. Afterwards soar above the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges, towering over 2500 metres straight out of the Pacific Ocean, to see how Kaikoura’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake carved impressions in our landscapes, raising coastal shorelines and impacting the entire mountain range and main highway in the South Island. Come and see the immense restoration effort by North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) and the changes and scars in the landscape from where entire mountains moved. The tour duration is 1 hour and 20 minutes and includes a landing at the newly created Hapuku lake which was formed during the November 2016 earthquake.
We are proud to be one of New Zealand’s helicopter operators that offer whale watching flights and exclusive landing rights for unparalleled scenery and views.