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In stunning Kaikoura, experience the magnificent wildlife and scenery from the comfort of a helicopter and see sperm whales from top to tail! A tour with South Pacific Helicopters lets you view the whales and see breathtaking views of mountains and sea.
This tour gives you longer to view the wildlife and the opportunity for a landing in a helicopter accessible only location. View sperm whales a from above, slowly orbiting the animals for incredible views and insights into the whales world.
Kaikoura is located on the migratory routes for humpback whales, southern right whales, killer whales, and even blue whales depending on the time of year.
You’ll experience stunning vistas of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, as well as the Kaikoura Peninsula, and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean.
After a successful whale sighting fly along the coastline spotting any other wildlife including the resident populations of dusky dolphins as well as New Zealand fur seals, with the gorgeous backdrop of mountains and sea at every turn.
If time allows your pilot will take you to the exclusive landing site accessible only by South Pacific Helicopters, where you can get out of the aircraft and experience incredible vistas of the mountains and sea.
Over three years have passed since the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which occurred in November 2016 in Kaikoura.
Some of the sights you can see during your flight include the Papatea Fault, which is visible along the coastline heading out into the sea, and the coastal uplift which was up to 6 meters in some points.
Head through the Clarence River Valley and up into the mountains for a landing at the turquoise waters of the Hapuku Lake, a gem that was created during the earthquake.
This trip showcases the unique geology of the Kaikoura area, and shows you some of the effects of the incredible earthquake that trigerred over 20 faults to erupt, changing the landscape and environment forever.