Explore Bookme forAbel Tasman & Nelson

Kaikoura - Whale Watching flight - Air Kaikoura - 40 Minute EXTENDED Flight

Scenic Whale Watching Flight

Enjoy a panoramic Whale flight, with stunning scenic views along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline.

View the magnificent Sperm whale 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 mountains, 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 life time.

No guarantees are possible but we have a very high success rate of 95% and are very honest about the chances of finding whales. By booking one of our extended whale flights with us your chances go up dramatically....!

Flight time 40 minutes. You need to allow 1.5 hours total

Our aircraft takes a maximum of six passengers, this makes it exciting and fun.

Conditions. - flights are weather dependent and at the pilots discretion.

Minimum numbers may apply on occasion. Flight confirmed with two passengers, smaller bookings may be wait listed to confirm.


Price: Adult $210, Child $90

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


27 reviews

Showing all 27 authenticated Bookme reviews

Linda from New Zealand wrote on 14 March 2020

The Best!

Excellent experience! We got to see two whales swimming next to each other. The staff were lovely and very informative.

Share Link

Jonas from Germany wrote on 17 February 2020

Great whale watching experience

We booked the 40 Min extended flight and have not been disappointed. We saw one whale one the surface and as he began to dive. It was really impressive. Afterwards we had a look at a several huge groups of dusky dolphins and made a little scenic flight above the land, as it was not likely to see another whale. The pilot was very professional and he approached the whale quite close and low, so that we could have a good look. Highly recommendable!

Share Link

joym3 from New Zealand wrote on 20 January 2020

Magical experience

Having done the whale waiting by boat in previous years, and now experienced it by plane, I would never do it by boat again. The whole event was fab, from checking in to checking out. The staff were friendly, professional and informative. There were 4 guests in a Piper Cherokee so we each had a window seat. Saw a sperm whale and a large pod of dusky dolphins. Highly recommended

Share Link

paulien Taken from Netherlands wrote on 10 January 2020


Super nice company, they are actually a club so your money will be part of their investment in educating the new generation pilots. We got a nice tour in the office and the field and interesting information about the area. Super cool little airplane, build in the 70’s cute vintage look, but ofcourse with a totally new inside so super safe and turbulence free. We had the nicest pilot, Austin, who showed us some perfect views, a huge flock of dolphins and yes yes, the Sperm Whale,whoohooo! We had tearsin our eyes of this magnificent animal. Thank you so much!

Share Link

Martin from Switzerland wrote on 07 December 2019

Good experience

Have seen 2 sperm whales and felt in very good hands

Share Link


10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

Spaces Left
*This option must be made together with another price type.

Qualmark Certification

This award identifies a business with a high level of professionalism, a keen awareness of the impact it has on the environment and a commitment to a customer centric approach.

This award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds visitor expectations. Their proactive leadership and management ensure the business’s focus on continuously improving their economic, social and environmental performance to create genuine, constantly evolving and sustainable tourism experiences.

This award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand. It denotes exceptional customer experiences at the heart of everything the company does. This business is leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world class sustainable visitor destination.

When you see the Qualmark logo, your activity of choice is endorsed by New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance organisation and backed by leaders in the industry. It’s your trusted guide to iconic activities and experiences that are awarded for their exceptionally high level of quality, safety and sustainability.

Sample menu


Delete your content?

This item will be deleted immediately. You can't undo this action.