Whale watching flight from Kaikoura

Whale watching flight from Kaikoura
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Chill
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 1 y/o
  • Duration: 1 hr
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate 1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Kaikoura Airport, 617 State Highway 1, Peketa, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Appreciate one of the world’s largest whales from the sky on this scenic flight from Kaikoura.

A 50 tonne veteran to the abundant waters of the Kaikoura coastline, the mighty sperm whale has long been a bucket list sighting to anyone visiting New Zealand’s South Island. Experience the giants from a new perspective on this scenic flight across the peninsular – argued to be the ONLY way to witness these huge cetaceans in action.

Kaikoura is situated between the Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean – only two hour’s drive from Christchurch. Home to more than just mighty whales, it also boasts a huge seal colony and is a popular playground from common dolphins, too. The airbase is located 8km drive south from the town centre.

Meet your pilot at the airbase in Kaikoura for this whale watching flight across the peninsula. A scenic flight that can be enjoyed by groups of up to 7 people, it is considered to be one of the best ways to explore this naturally-diverse coastline – offering guests a chance to see firsthand the impressive sperm whale. Starting with a short safety briefing, you will take off from the airfield and climb over the peninsula reminiscent of the fluke of a whale and the Kaikoura range rising up behind snow-capped peaks. From the air, you can experience the true magnitude of the world’s largest mammal, the whale. These animals can reach an impressive 18 metres in length and weigh up to 60 tonnes! A 30-minute scenic flight, whales and dolphins are orbited at a height of 150 metres giving passengers the opportunity to clearly see and photograph these incredible creatures. Once you have completed the circuit, you will return back to the base where your adventure will end.

This activity operates using high-winged aircraft, which allows each person their own window seat and optimal, unobstructed viewing. Total passenger capacity is 7 using an 8-seater Gippsland Airvan. Children under 3 years old must be lap-held to avoid extra charges.

Activity requirements

Minors must be accompanied by an adult - children under 3 y/o go free (lap-held only)

The maximum weight limit per passenger is 135 kg

Special terms

Passengers are asked to check in for their flights at least 20 minutes prior to flight departure

  • Scenic Flight
  • Hotel pick-up/Drop-off $10p.p
Do not forget to bring
  • GoPro/Camera
Meeting point
Kaikoura Airport, 617 State Highway 1, Peketa, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand Get directions


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