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Kaikoura: 30-Minute Whale Watching Flight

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Kaikoura: 30-Minute Whale Watching Flight

From $134.39 per person

Enjoy a 30-minute plane flight to view the mighty Sperm Whales and of Kaikoura. See the whale in it's entirety from tip to tail, all with the amazing backdrop of beautiful coastal shores and the epic Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Ranges.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 30 minutes
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • View the resident Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphins of Kaikoura
  • Enjoy stunning views of Kaikoura's coastline, peninsula, and mountain ranges
  • Learn about Sperm whales and their unique environment here in Kaikoura
Full description
Receive an informative briefing of the Sperm Whales and other wildlife of Kaikoura, ready for your 30-minute flight experience. Learn about its unique geology, and what you can expect to see during the flight. Spend a special half hour viewing these majestic creatures from a unique vantage point.  Head directly out over the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary to start looking for Kaikoura's wildlife. This whale watching flight showcases the year-round whales and dolphins, as well as the stunning coastline and peninsula. Focusing on the mighty Sperm Whale, this is a once-in-a-lifetime flight to view these animals, as well as other whale and dolphin species that migrate through Kaikoura's waters.  All aircraft are high-winged, which allows each person their own window seat and optimal, unobstructed viewing and photography opportunities. Your tour finishes back at the terminal where there is a gift shop and refreshments available.
  • Informative wildlife and safety briefing
  • 30-minute scenic plane flight
  • Real time tracking of aircraft
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities, optional
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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Meeting point

Log-cabin terminal at Kaikoura Airport. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses

Know before you go

  • Flights are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.
  • All flights leave from the Kaikoura Airport, an 8 kilometer drive south of the Kaikoura Township. There is a large and spacious car park at the airport suitable for cars and camper vans.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 10 reviews

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June 20, 2020

Absolutely wonderful. Didn't see whales though not thru lack of trying! Amazing pod of dolphins! Such lovely people, loved every minute!

March 11, 2020

A great trip with a fabulous pilot. Good vision from the plane. The briefing before the trip was also very informative. All staff were very helpful

February 23, 2020

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