Marlborough Magazine August 18 - Page 39

Daniel was born and bred on a large farm in southern New Zealand, which cultivated his curiosity with helicopters when they were used for various tasks on the farm. Daniel started his flying career taking people on whale watching tours by helicopter in Kaikoura in 2004. Three years later he furthered his career by flying extensively overseas. During this time he flew in many varied roles from mineral exploration, fire-fighting, remote telecommunications support in Canada and Indonesia, humanitarian aid relief and supporting recovery of WW2 aircraft wrecks in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. With flying well and truly in his blood, he jumped at the opportunity to return home and start a whale watching business in Kaikoura with his family. Keen to share his passion and knowledge for the local areas and wildlife, South Pacific Helicopters NZ was born! Their wide array of services includes scenic flights, whale watching and marine life experiences, heli-hunting, heli-freshwater inland fishing, and heli-fishing; in season - snow landings, kayaking and rafting access, filming, and photography; research - geological or conservation enthusiasts; special occasions – weddings, anniversaries and honeymoons; plus commercial work. Their packages offer exclusive landing sites available only to South Pacific Whale Watch as New Zealand’s Department of Conservation-permitted operator offering whale watching experiences by helicopter. Recently purchasing Wings over Whales, Monique and Daniel have now added another unique option to their flying experiences available. Wings Over Whales Kaikoura operate high-winged aircraft, which allows each person their own window seat and optimal, unobstructed viewing and covers whale watching, Kaikoura scenic viewing and charter flights. South Pacific Helicopters, and now incorporating Wings over Whales, are available for charter. They offer many exciting tours with Aftershock Adventure now adding to the diversity available. This tour enables Daniel and his team to showcase different areas of Kaikoura, not just the fantastic marine life, but also the beautiful Kaikoura Ranges and the rugged coastline. A truely mesmerising opportunity to experience.