An unforgettable ocean-to-mountain experience observing various species of whales from the air, with the Kaikōura coastline as your scenic backdrop

South Island, New Zealand

The waters surrounding the scenic town of Kaikōura on the northeast coast of New Zealand's South Island offer an ideal feeding, living and breeding ground for a diverse range of whale species and other marine wildlife. From the skies above the ocean, observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat - depending on the season you may spot Humpback whales, Southern Right whales, Orca, or Blue whales, as well as dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. After your whale-watching experience, you'll be taken to an exclusive alpine landing site where you'll enjoy spectacular views of the Kaikōura Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean below. With varying durations available, this not-to-be-missed experience can be customised to include the expertise of renowned Marine Biologist Dr Krista Van Der Linde.

Getting here

Kaikōura is located on the northeast coast of New Zealand's South Island, 180km north of Christchurch (2.5 hours by road), and 130km south of Blenheim (90 minutes by road). Walk into Luxury can arrange fully customised journeys including accommodation and private transfers.


Year-round, subject to weather conditions.

Note: This experience is only available when booked with accommodation or a Walk into Luxury Journey that includes time on New Zealand's South Island. Refer to the suggested combinations below or contact us for further private journey options.

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