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Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura
4.5

Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura

By Wings Over Whales
Recommended by 92% of travellers
92% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-120, max of 7 per group
Duration: 30m
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Pre-flight Safety Briefing
  • Informative presentation on Kaikoura's wildlife and geology
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Courtesy shuttle from the town centre
  • Snack and Drink Bar
  • Gift Shop
  • Terminal Facilities
  • Children's play area


Start:
  • 617 State Highway 1, Peketā 7374, New Zealand
    Find us in our inviting log-cabin Terminal which is located at the Kaikoura Airport, an 8 minute drive south of the main Kaikoura township. Please check in at least 30 minutes prior to your departure time.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 145027P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura?
    Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura price starts from $230.67. Discover and book Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura on Tripadvisor
    What is the Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura cancellation policy?
    Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura?
    Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura is hosted by Wings Over Whales. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Wings Over Whales on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 30m. Discover and book Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 145027P3

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    • Wings Over Whales
      654
      Kaikoura, New Zealand
    • GillO190
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Watched the weather forecast carefully to make sure we chose a reasonable time and that worked out well. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any whales, which is always possible but we did see a huge pod of dusky dolphins and the scenery is beautiful. The sun shone, the pilot was very good and I overcame my fear of flying to go up and enjoy it. Will certainly try again another time and hope for the best!
      Written 12 December 2023
    • moonbase11
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Only go if boarts are sailing
      We had been booked with the boat tours. But because it had been windy overnight and there was a big swell, all boat tours for the day were cancelled. As we were only there for a day we booked on the small plane flight. However we didn't realise that Wings over Whales use information from the boats to identify the location of the whales. So our chances of seeing a whale that day were greatly reduced. We didn't see any whales. That's always a risk but I feel that they should make it clear that if the boats aren't sailing your chances of seeing a whale are reduced. Flight itself was very smooth and everyone had a great view.
      Written 4 December 2023
    • elainea418
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      A BAD experience
      i was on an afternoon flight Thursday 26 October. It was very windy. Whale watching cruises were cancelled. The pilot explained it was very hot in the aircraft and it would be bumpy until we were over the water. The first bump was certainly a BIG bump and from then on, I felt scared, unsafe and sick. There was no airflow. Was very relieved when we landed and then I was physically sick. I have flown in small planes and helicopters before and felt safe. Even if we had seen a whale, it wasn't worth the experience. The next flight was cancelled. Should we have flown? Elaine
      Written 2 November 2023
    • RhondaA646
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do in Kaikoura!
      Loved, loved our 30 minute adventure to look for sperm whales! Kaikoura is uniquely set up for this as there is deep ocean depth near to land. From the waiting area to the pilot to the plane - a first class operation. They work with other local companies to spot whales and timed our flight for the optimal time to see a sighted whale. As in all nature there are no guarantees ( we didn’t see a kiwi in Kapiti Island) but we were lucky on this flight! Really a must do if in the area!
      Written 27 October 2023
    • 246cathyu
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unforgettable amazing fun. Words and pictures would never give it justice
      Whether we flew with Emily in the Cessna or Dan in the helicopter it was out of this world amazing experience. They were above and beyond accommodating to all our needs. Travel and sightseeing. Highly recommend!
      Written 25 May 2023
    • hi_im_travelling
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend!!!
      After a boat cruise company cancelled on us, we searched online and found wings over whales. From the moment we booked, the staff were kind and accommodating. The check in process is very streamlined and informative. The staff are so friendly and passionate. I felt like we were in very safe hands. We saw a massive pod of dolphins and a whale! Keep in mind you may not see anything coz these are wild animals, I’m just very grateful we did. Thanks heaps, will definitely recommend this!!!
      Written 28 February 2022
    • t00z
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing views of whales, dolphins and scenery
      Emily took us out for our flight and we enjoyed every minute of the experience. We were lucky enough to see two sperm whales together as well as a large pod of dolphins. Having done the boat tour the day before, it was great to get that different perspective of the whales and also get to enjoy some of the scenery in the area from above. Well worth the trip thank you!
      Written 23 May 2021
    • yvonnerkh23
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Majestic Experience!
      We chose to go with wings over whales for our first whale spotting excursion and were not disappointed. We had an amazing pilot and were lucky enough to spot multiple large dolphin pods and a humpback whale! It was truly a majestic and unforgettable experience made all the better for having flown with wings over whales, thank you!
      Written 13 May 2021
    • AucklandDonut
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do!!
      We came to Kaikoura to see whales and we were not disappointed. We went on the boat and saw two, then the following day went out with Wings over Whales and saw another one (and dolphins!) Doing both was great as from the air the experience is very different and you can really appreciate the size of the whales. The WoW staff were all very friendly and relaxed and our pilot Emily was wonderful in finding the whales, clever comms with the boat crew to locate them foe that brief window they are on the surface! Would recommend to all :)
      Written 22 January 2021
    • 175jenniferw
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Afternoon
      Highly recommend this amazing flight Mike our pilot was very skilled so we all got great views of the Sperm Whale. Spent time circling above Saw huge pods of dolphins 🐬 Definitely one to do unique to observe from above
      Written 11 November 2020
    • BossGirl123
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth my money!
      We loved every minuite of this scenic and mesmerizing flight. We had an amazing female guide/pilot who had a down to earth kiwi attitude. Loved seeing the whales and dolphins from a diffrent view.
      Written 25 August 2020
    • TDSOUZ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      The service was great and we loved the experience. They're a professional outfit and run a quality operation.
      Written 13 July 2020
    • 321Lund
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome flight and sightings
      Great flight with this company. The pilot was so quick at spotting the whales and dolphins, eyes of a hawk. I think his name was Matt, really lovely guy. Thanks team,
      Written 11 July 2020
    • David_B20142014
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Experience
      Almost an hour in the air for a 45 minute booking. Perfect weather and spotted 5 whales plus numerous dolphins. Pilot Mike was great and made sure we got the best views possible. Highly recommended trip
      Written 31 May 2020
    • maryhQ5878EN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exceptional customer service
      I would like to thank the customer services (Gemma in particular) who were exceptionally helpful to me when I was trying to get a refund for a missed whale watching trip. I was not a client of this particular company, and she could have redirected me, but she went out of her way to facilitate my refund with Tripadvisor. Next time I visit NZ and sign up for this activity, it will be with Wings Over Whales. Thank you Gemma.
      Written 31 March 2020
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    26lv
    Queenstown, New Zealand119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the scenic Wings Over Whales whale-watching flight out of Kaikoura on a brisk winter’s morning. From the friendly welcome and check-in, to our pilot Emily’s superb aircraft handling, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. What a great way to see the whales and appreciate such a beautiful coastline!

    This is great value for a scenic flight, I would highly recommend it to local and international visitors alike. We were able to fit the flight in to our one night stay in Kaikoura before heading north to catch the ferry.

    Thanks again team! Keep up the great work!
    Written 17 August 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hi Laura Thank you for the lovely review. It sounds like you had an amazing time flying with us. I will pass the kind words onto Emily. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time traveling around New Zealand.
    Written 18 August 2020
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    Harry7201
    Blenheim, New Zealand15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If COVID hadn’t hit then it’s likely that we would have missed such an awesome experience in our own backyard. Emily was fantastic. From timing the flight to ensure we were likely to see the whale to circling long enough to make sure we saw it dive as well. We visited Kaikoura with family friends who took the flight before us and also saw the whale. Loved it thanks so much.
    Written 30 September 2020
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    Hi Harry Thank you for the lovely review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with Wings Over Whales. I will pass the kind words onto Emily.
    Written 12 October 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Brownowl87
    Branston, UK41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Friends
    We were taking this trip as part of the Marine Combo package.
    It did not disappoint, it’s really good that all the companies are in contact so our flight was pushed back about 10minutes as we knew a sperm whale had just taken his deep dive.
    As we went out, not much luck, looked like the whale has taken one massive breath, however as we were starting to head home word reached our comms the whale had resurfaced so we turned back around and managed to spot him!
    Sam was an excellent pilot and didn’t hesitate about turning around and spending extra time so we could see the whale.
    Brilliant.
    Written 10 March 2020
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    Thank you for the kind review, We are glad to hear you enjoyed you experience with Wings Over Whales. I will pass the kind words on to Sam.
    Written 18 March 2020
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    Matty O
    Breclav, Czech Republic2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    As a pilot myself I was very impressed by the team, very professional yet very relaxed and great delivery of all information. I especially like the GPS tracking, both for safety and also for speed of locating the whales as they can see exactly where the last flight left the whales. The aircraft were very well maintained and presented.
    Top class set up!
    Written 6 January 2020
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    Hi Matty Thank you for your review. We are glad you had a wonderful time flying with Wings Over Whales. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in New Zealand.
    Written 7 January 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    TJLaud
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    Having done whale watching from a boat previously I can say I preferred the flight significantly. It is well worth the few extra dollars.
    The whole experience is much more enjoyable from the moment you arrive at the airport. The pilots, Jessy and Emily, who gave us our pre-flight brief and flew the plane were fantastic. Friendly, charming and also good at spotting whales.
    On our trip we were lucky enough to spot a pod of Orca and a Sperm Whale. Even if you don't see any whales the flight around Kaikoura is breathtaking and well worth the money.
    Why sit on a crowded boat for three hours when you could get a flight for nearly the same price.
    Written 12 February 2020
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    Thank you for taking the time to review. Sounds like you had a wonderful flight seeing a pod of orca and a sperm whale. I will let the team know that you enjoyed your experience with Wings Over Whales. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around New Zealand.
    Written 20 February 2020
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    Yarne W
    Aalter, Belgium29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One last attraction we did before heading back home and what an experience. We were lucky to be on the first flight since the covid lockdown. We flew with pilot Jesse, and received a very interesting intro about the whales in the area and the flight and we took off. We were lucky to already spot a Sperm Whale 2 min after lifting off. Then after a 15min search we stumbled on another sperm whale who was scaring of some seals with tail and body splashes in the water. Amazing to see this. We can only advise Wings Over Whales, for an experience you can’t miss when you’re in the neighborhood (as tourist OR local!!! 😉)
    Written 20 May 2020
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    We are glad to hear you enjoyed your last activity with Wings Over Whales before you had to go home. It sounds like you had a wonderful flight with Jesse seeing two sperm whales and one 2 min into your flight. We hope you made it home safe and hope to see you again when you come back to New Zealand. Thank you from the team at Wings Over Whales.
    Written 25 May 2020
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    kanct
    Hamilton, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mike was our pilot taking us on a smooth flight, almost immediately sighting a large Sperm whale on the surface. We spent 5 or 10 minutes circling over the whale before going off in search of Dolphins. Mike spotted a large pod of Dusky dolphins for us. It was a totally memorable experience for us thanks to Mike!
    Written 12 November 2020
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    Thank you for the review. Im glad you enjoyed your time with Wings Over Whales. I will pass the kind words onto the team.
    Written 17 November 2020
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    Martyn B
    Blenheim, New Zealand82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    Great customer service, flight was great with pilot working hard to ensue we all had a great view of the Big Blue Whale. Fantastic experience even my fried who is afraid of heights enjoyed the flight. Would go again.
    Written 23 January 2020
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    Hi Martyn We are glad you and your friend enjoyed you experience with Wings Over Whales. We hope to see you again. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.
    Written 24 January 2020
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    csmcnulty
    Benalla, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    We decided to take as flight with wings over whales as it was only a 30 minute flight as we arrived in Kaikoura after lunchtime. The flight was amazing and Mike the pilot was very professional we saw a whale and a pod of dolphins. I would recommend this option to see whales.
    Written 22 February 2020
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    We are glad you decided to take the flight with Wings Over Whales and enjoyed your time with us. Sounds like you had a wonderful time flying. I will pass the kind words onto Mike. Thank you form the team at Wings Over Whales.
    Written 25 February 2020
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    Babajaga
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    A dream come true.

    Fantastic to watch whales and dolphins from the air.

    Our pilot Emily was very knowledgeable and keen to give everyone on board the best view and flight. Excellent pilot. Felt safe every minute.

    Highly recommended.
    Written 23 February 2020
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    We are glad to hear we made your dreams come true!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time Flying with Wings Over Whales. I will pass the kind words onto Emily. We hope you can make some more dreams come true on your travels around New Zealand. Thank you form the team at Wings Over whales
    Written 25 February 2020
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