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With Air Kaikoura

Community Owned & Operated


Whale Watching Flights

AUTUMN SPECIAL - 40 Minute Flight
Usually $250pp, NOW $165pp

Whale Watching with Air Kaikoura

View the worlds largest predator from the air!

Whale Watching in Kaikoura will be a highlight of your trip to Kaikoura. Air Kaikoura Aero Club was the first to offer Whale Watching flights in Kaikoura and for the last 30 years has been providing amazing whale experiences. Let Murray and his friendly team of pilots take you out over the Kaikoura Sea Canyon to view the mighty Sperm whale, from the tip to the tail.  

Air Kaikoura is the longest running, most experienced operator in Kaikoura and boasts the highest success rate at finding whales.  There is an opportunity to see other marine and mammal wildlife on your trip and the option to extend your flight to give you the best chance of success. Air Kaikoura guarantees a flight with a minimum of two passengers, and our fleet includes our newest addition, the 8 seater GA-8 Airvan, a high wing aircraft perfect for scenic flights.


Whale Watching

Scenic flights

Flight training

Why fly with us?

Most experienced

We have been Whale Watching for decades with a spotless safety reccord. Our pilots have tons of local knowledge.

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Our Fleet

We have a range of aircrafts to use.
GA-8 Airvans, 172 Cessna & a Eurofox.


The friendliest

We focus on the mission of the day but will have fun doing so. Come and have a chat and hang out. We like to be social. 



Tracey on Google

"Had a great morning whale and dolphin spotting. Pilot was brilliant, super friendly, knowledgeable and safe. Definitely recommend!"

Mike on Tripadvisor

"Went Whale Watching with Air Kaikoura today. Friendly informative staff, we saw Blue Whales! a great experience"

Simon on Facebook

"Had a great experience. Saw a Sperm whale, Orca and dolphins - pretty good for first flight of the day we thought! Will definitely fly again when we get the chance."


Contact Us


Air Kaikoura Aero Club is located 6.5km south of Kaikoura township, on State Highway 1.

627 Kaikoura South Road

Peketa, Kaikoura 7374

T: 03 319 6579

Freephone: 0800 247 524


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