Whale Watching

View the worlds largest predator from the air!

Whale Watching in Kaikoura will be a highlight of your trip to New Zealand. 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.

Crazy winter SALE PRICES!



PIA 123, Google

Great and professional Team. We felt really welcome and had an amazing flight! We saw a Spermwhale and a lot of Dolphins. Hot Pilots as well by the way ;)

Sarah B, Tripadvisor

Best flight ever! We saw four sperm whales in one flight. Awesome. The crew is very nice, too. We absolutely enjoyed our adventure. I got to pilot a plane for half an hour and the pilot hardly had to take the wheel. Totally recommended!


It's was such a great experience. The staff and the pilot were all lovely and helpful. We had a nice flight and got to see a whale and a lot of dolphins. We definitely enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to anyone. (And the landing was extra smooth :)

Whale Watching trips run every day, weather permitting.  Let Air Kaikoura show you that there is…

“more to a whale, than just a tail”


Pilot a Plane

Ever wanted to fly an aeroplane?

Now’s your chance!

Air Kaikoura is a small, friendly Aero Club. Our pilots are qualified flight instructors and 

our team is enthusiastic about providing you with an experience of a lifetime.

You'll take the controls and learn the basics of flying, while enjoying stunning views of the spectacular Seaward Kaikoura mountain ranges and Kaikoura coastline from the air.

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Scenic and Charter flights

Kaikoura – Mt Fyffe – Blue Duck Valley – Peninsula – Earthquake Scenic

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. A great way to view the changes to the landscape caused by the 7.8 earthquake of November 2016.

Nelson, Rangiora, Christchurch, Golden Bay, Blenheim, Wellington, Masterton – between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours in each direction, to reach any of these destinations. Mt Cook is just over 2 hours away; combine a private charter flight, with a stop at Mt Cook and maybe a side trip up onto their glaciers, before returning to Kaikoura the same day.  If you only have a short time to experience New Zealand, a private charter flight could help you make the most of your trip. From $400/hr for up to 3 adults in our Cessna 172, or from $650/hr for up to 6 adults in our GA-8.

To inquire about a charter, call us on 0800 AIR KAI / (03) 319 6579

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

E: info@airkaikoura.co.nz

Kaikoura Aero Club

Kaikoura Aero Club has been providing affordable flight instruction since 1983. 

If you're as nuts about flying as we are, you're welcome to join us.