1. Whale Watching Flights

Whale Watching Flights

Whale Watching in Kaikoura will be the highlight of your trip to New Zealand. Air Kaikoura was the first to offer Whale Watching flights and for the last 25 years has been providing amazing whale experiences, scenic flights, pilot-a-plane trips and pilot training. With one of the world’s most experienced whale watching pilots at the helm, let Murray and his friendly team of pilots/instructors fly you over the Kaikoura Sea Canyon to view the mighty Sperm whale from the tip to the tail. Air Kaikoura boasts a 95% success rate of seeing Sperm whales, the opportunities to see other marine and mammal wildlife on your trip and the option to extend your flight with other scenic and pilot-a-plane options. Enjoy a panoramic whale flight, with stunning scenic views along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline. View the magnificent Sperm whales in their natural environment.  Only from the air do you get to appreciate the full size of the mighty sperm whale. You also get the chance to see dusky dolphins and other marine life on your flight. After we have found whales we will take you on a scenic flight of Kaikoura and the stunning surrounds that include the high Alpine snow-clad Kaikoura mountain range, and to the east, the deep blue Pacific Ocean. No guarantees are possible but we have a very high success rate of 95% and are very honest about the chances of finding whales. - 30 minute flight time - $145 per person WINTER SPECIAL • usually $165 - Piper Cherokee 6 and Piper Cherokee Archer - Extended flight options available from $210 pp for 40 minutes Conditions: Maximum weights may apply and all flights are weather dependent and at the pilot’s discretion. Minimum 2 passengers – smaller bookings wait-listed to confirm.

Captain is optional.
You decide if you would like to book with or without a captain.
30 guests
Tours, Lessons, and Diving
Wildlife Tour


Whale Watching in Kaikoura will be a highlight of your trip to New Zealand.

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