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Air Kaikoura

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.

Whale Watching Flights

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.

Air Kaikoura is a small friendly business which also provides flight training and all our pilots are flight instructors. Our team is enthusiastic about providing our customers with a magical experience of a lifetime.

No guarantees are possible but we have a very high success rate of 95% and are very honest about the chances of finding whales.

Duration: 30 minute flight time
Price: $145 per person WINTER SPECIAL • usually $165 (quoted in NZ$, subject to change)
Aircraft: Piper Cherokee 6 and Piper Cherokee Archer
Departure Location: Flights depart Kaikoura Airport, 627 Main South Road, Peketa (10mins drive south of the Kaikoura township)
Check-in: Please call us on the day of your booking for a pre-flight weather check, and arrive at the Kaikoura Airport 10 minutes prior to your flight

• Extended flight options available from $210pp for 40 mins

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

Scenic & Charter Flights

Kaikoura – Mt Fyffe – Blue Duck Valley – Peninsula

To appreciate the beauty and contrasts of Kaikoura, there is nothing better than seeing it from the air. Experience for yourself the stunning beauty of a place where mountains meet the sea, and marine life abounds.

Fly past Mt Fyffe, high above the Kaikoura township, taking in the beauty of the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range and Blue Duck Valley; then do some seal-spotting as we make our way back down the rugged Kaikoura coastline with its black sand beaches and breaking white surf. You may even spot large schools of fish on the way.

Duration: 20 minute flight time
Price: $135 per person (quoted in NZ$, subject to change)



Ever wanted to fly an aeroplane? Now’s your chance!

Learn the basics of flying whilst enjoying stunning views of the spectacular Kaikoura mountain range and coastline from the air.

The experience includes:

  • a briefing on the controls of the aircraft and the flight
  • a 25 minute flight
  • a certificate of your flight experience which you can use towards further flight training

Air Kaikoura is a small, friendly Aeroclub, which provides flight instruction and whale flights. All our pilots are flight instructors and our team is enthusiastic about providing our customers with an experience of a lifetime.

Flight time 25 minutes. You need to allow about 1 hour total.

Air Kaikoura Enquiry Form


627 Kaikoura South Road
Kaikoura 7300

Phone: +64 3 319 6579

Mobile: 027 9106 356


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