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Kaikoura: Whale Watching Flight

4.6 / 5

68 reviews

Activity provider: Air Kaikoura
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Kaikoura: Whale Watching Flight

Activity provider: Air Kaikoura
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From US$ 103.17 US$ 77.38 per person

Take to the skies for a unique view on a whale-watching flight in Kaikoura. With a guaranteed window seat, all passengers get great views of the coastline and its marine life below.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


  • Cover large ocean distances to maximize whale-watching opportunities by plane
  • Enjoy spectacular aerial views of sperm whales and dusky dolphins in Kaikoura
  • Take fantastic, unimpeded photos from your guaranteed window seat on the flight
  • Search for playful humpback whales, imposing orcas and mighty blue whales
  • Take in panoramic views of stunning NZ alpine and coastal scenery from the air
Full description

Enjoy a panoramic whale-watching flight, with stunning scenic views along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline. Only from the air can you appreciate the huge size of the mighty sperm whale, a frequent visitor to the waters off Kaikoura.

After a safety briefing and overview of your scenic flight, hop onboard for your whale-watching adventure in the skies. Every passenger gets a guaranteed window seat to enjoy maximum viewing of the ocean and its inhabitants below.

On your 40-minute whale-watching flight, you may see sperm whales, dusky dolphins, humpback whales, blue whales, orcas, and other marine life. After finding whales enjoy a scenic flight of Kaikoura and the dramatic surrounding scenery, including snow-clad mountain ranges and turquoise ocean reefs. Whales are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, with over 30 years of experience and extensive local knowledge, the activity provider aims to give the best chance of sightings. Honest information on the likelihood of spotting a whale will be provided before the flight.

  • 40-minute flight
  • Listening headsets for commentary
  • Window seat for every passenger
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)

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Meeting point

When turning into Kaikoura Airport (10 minutes South of the town) make a right towards the black building and hangar.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The activity requires a minimum of 2 people in order to operate
  • Flights are weather dependent. A full refund will be given if the flight cannot operate due to poor weather conditions
  • Flights will intend to leave at the booked time. However, the activity provider reserves the right to adjust flight times to provide the best chance to spot the whales
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 68 reviews

Review summary

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Very competent pilot with nice comments during the flight and made also sure everyone sees everything well. Flew also safely. We luckily saw two sperm whales, one of them diving with iconic fluke dive! And a big pod of c. 200 dusky dolphins who had some crazy athletic jumping individuals who were funny to watch. Would be worth it for the views of the coastline alone. Would absolutely recommend! Of course, perfect stunning weather helped :)

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March 26, 2023

One of the best experiences we have booked! So well managed and executed, such fun taking a 40mins flight and to see the sealife from above giving you a great perspective. Highly recommended and great value, we even thought about going twice but ran out of time!!

February 8, 2023

Great service and value for money! The pilots were very knowledgeable and experienced. They knew the whales behaviors well and were able to reasonably predict an encounter (given good weather conditions). We saw a humpback whale, chilling and playing with the dolphins!!

February 1, 2023

Product ID: 410475