Whale watching by plane / helicopter. Any good???

Jul 13th, 2003, 12:33 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 126
Whale watching by plane / helicopter. Any good???

Has anyone done a whale-watching trip by plane or helicopter in Kaikoura, and is it worth it? We have already booked a boat trip but we are now wondering whether we should also do an 'aerial' trip. We will be there in December.
Thanks for your help.
MietteMeg is offline  
Jul 14th, 2003, 06:56 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,521
I have never been on an aerial whale-watching trip, but it sounds like a terrible idea to me. A plane would be too far up to get a good view, and a helicopter would probably send the whale sounding if it got at all close.

A boat trip out of Kaikoura is great, and you are pretty much guaranteed that you will see a few whales, as well as dolphins, seals, and assorted shorebirds. They turn off the engines, and you can actually hear the sperm whales spout. I'm sure you can't do that from a helicopter!

Save the helicopter money for when you go to the glaciers, then take one up onto Fox or Franz Josef, where you can walk around at high altitude.
ALF is offline  
Nov 19th, 2005, 12:50 PM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1,793
topping... any other comments?

We only have 1 day in Kaikoura. We've already booked the 5:30am dolphin swim and feel that adding on a whale watching boat trip would be too much in one day.
Would it be worth the $$ to look for whales from the air after our dolphin swim? Helicopter or plane? Necessary to book ahead in January, or just see how we feel?
Tim_and_Liz is offline  
Nov 20th, 2005, 04:21 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,283

I agree with Alf wholeheartedly on this Miette! (and Tim and Liz).

I've done whale watches in Monterey and feel that it should be done "up close and personal"....(I'd love to do the Baja trip someday where you go out in a Zodiac and are REALLY close).

While I love helicopter rides, I just don't believe this is suited for this type of viewing.

Tim and Liz..anywhere else you're going where you could catch them without trying to cram everything into one day perhaps?


Certified Kiwi Specialist
wlzmatilida is offline  
Nov 21st, 2005, 02:16 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 139
I've also often gone whale watching, in a boat, really up close, sometimes within 2 meters...! So for me an helicopter whale watch sounds awesome for the different perspective! But if it was one of my first times I would go by boat.
christellefv is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:19 AM.