Experience Highlights

  • Discover the Hikurangi Marine reserve’s natural wonders, viewing whales from above by helicopter
  • Learn about the environmental impacts affecting local marine life from expert marine mammal biologist Dr Krista van der Linde
  • Enjoy a delicious light lunch at Karaka Lobster on the northern coast of Kaikoura
  • Views areas affected by the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake site on your helicopter flight along the coastline
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Type: Private Experience


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Join expert marine mammal biologist Dr Krista van der Linde on this eye-opening 3-hour tour in Kaikoura and learn more about the unique and diverse marine life. After boarding a helicopter, you’ll head out towards the Hikurangi Marine reserve and explore the area’s natural wonders. During this time, be sure to ask all those pressing whale and dolphin questions to gain first-hand insight into the environmental impacts affecting these marvellous sea creatures. Then enjoy a light lunch at Karaka Lobster on the northern coastline. The local fishing family here catch the crayfish that Kaikoura is famous for, providing a fresh meal for you to savour during your experience. When ready, embark on a scenic helicopter tour over the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake site and observe large landslides, diverted rivers and the massive recovery efforts from the local community.


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