Experience Highlights

  • Watch whales from above on a unique 30-minute helicopter flight
  • Meet a local marine biologist and learn about the Kaikoura Canyon and its marine life
  • Join the Hapuku Kitchen team for a culinary adventure and cooking class
  • After your cooking class relax and enjoy a seasonal long lunch celebrating local produce
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Type: Private Experience
  • Type: Group Experience


Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect South Island holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

Combining an unforgettable whale watching excursion with lunch at the world class Hapuku Kitchen, this 3-hour tour is sure to dazzle you with its array of incredible highlights. Starting with a 30-minute helicopter flight off the coast of Kaikoura, you’ll go whale watching via the skies and enjoy commentary from a local marine biologist. Many species migrate through the area, including humpback and southern right whales among others. After marvelling at these magnificent creatures, return to Hapuku Kitchen for cooking class featuring fresh ingredients caught and foraged locally after which you can enjoy your creation for lunch. Then transfer back to Kaikoura via shuttle. On this tour, you’re joined by marine mammal biologist Dr Krista van der Linde to learn more about the area’s unique and diverse marine wildlife.


Would you like to speak to an South Island expert?

Contact our Travel Specialists for a bespoke quote or some first-hand knowledge.

Call our South Island team on

Monday - Friday: 9am - 7:30pm

Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm 

Stay in Touch

Subscribe to our inspiring newsletter to hear about exciting offers, trending destinations and unparalleled experiences