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About Wings Over Whales
Experience Kaikoura's mighty Sperm Whale, playful Dusky Dolphin and majestic scenery from above! Wings Over Whales Kaikoura conduct whale watching flights, scenic mountain tours and private charter. Endorsed by Qualmark New Zealand, our professional and experienced team will ensure you have a safe and comfortable flight. Passengers have their own window seat and our high-winged aircraft will allow you to enjoy unobstructed views of Kaikoura's marine wildlife and spectacular scenery. Wings Over Whales operate two aircraft; a 4-seater Cessna 172 as well as an 8-seater Gippsland Airvan. Wings Over Whales are situated at Kaikoura Airport, an 8km drive south from the town centre. Located in an inviting log cabin terminal, customers can enjoy great facilities with on-site gift shop, cafe and rest room facilities. In typical 30 minute flight you will see the majestic Sperm Whale preparing for his next dive and up to 500 Dusky Dolphins playfully swimming. Occasional sightings include Orca, Humpback,Pilot and the rare Blue Whale.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So today we did 2 flights with wings over whales. Unfortunately, despite all other flights so far that day having had whale sightings, and great weather, our first flight (with 7 passengers, 4 was our Group) did not, apart from maybe 1 or 2 dolphins....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Stefan d
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing experience worth every dollar. The pilot went over and above the whale watching experience and flew us to watch the Dolphins too. Would completely recommend.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Trail248649
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow wow wow! We are a family of 4 with two daughters who are 5&8. This experience was totally magical for all of us! Wings over Whales were super friendly and fantastic with the children. The flight itself will be one of our life highlights....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank c1234oxford
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a great flight with Jesse! Saw a Sperm Whale, a huge group of dolfins and we had a great view on the coast on a beautiful day. Actually my tour was scheduled a day before, but Jesse offered our group to reschedule, even though...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Andysyourneys
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The flight was Fantastic! We saw dolphins, sharks,albatross,seals !!and and whale ! Thanks to our good and friendly pilot Jesse !cheers

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dupdup19
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whow what a wonderful flight. Seeing things from the air gives a totally different perspective. Sam our pilot was amazing, very helpful and informative. The pre flight briefing was very interesting and professionally presented. Thanks Sam and Wings Over Whales for a truly amazing experience.More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Shaztnz
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It is a completely different experience viewing the animals from the air isn't it? We're so glad you liked it, and we think Sam is amazing too 😊. Thank you so much for your review, were really appreciate it and are glad you had such...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A special thanks to our pilot Sam, he made travelling with an aging parent easy, we had a brilliant flight (smoothest landing ever). The preflight information regarding the sea life in the area was great too, very well thought out & presented. Kaikoura & Wings...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dchapz
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your flight and the wildlife played their part wonderfully. We'll let Sam know how much you enjoyed the flight- he's going to be stoked to hear about your review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had such an amazing time on our flight! The pilot was very professional and I loved the pre flight animal presentation. We were lucky enough to see two sperm whales and seeing the kaikoura peninsula from above was breathtaking. Worth every penny!More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Melody429
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review Melody! We love starting off the tour by giving our guests some knowledge of the wildlife and area of Kaikoura, so were glad you enjoyed the pre-flight presentation. Kaikoura really is an amazing place, with that stunning peninusula...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Initially we were going to do the traditional boat excursion ... and pop meds and cross fingers... heard and read about the rough seas... opted for a flight .. honestly the views from the plane would have been enough even without seeing a whale. But...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour Joe! It's pretty great not having to worry about sea-sickness, and you get a bonus scenic flight as well as magnificent views of the whale!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great pre flight information and was dubious about seeing any whales always been unlucky in the past but not this time my husband saw 3 I saw two it was amazing seeing them from the air and the length of them was unbelievable. I would...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Erickaash
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we're so glad we exceeded your expectations for not one but three whales! From the air you really get to appreciate their size and uniqueness don't you? Thank you again for the recommendations and we love seeing any photos you...More

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61anujas
10 October 2016|
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Response from Janlyn-60 | Reviewed this property |
Boat gives you a closer encounter, but plane lets you see more area and greater chance of seeing whales and dolphins. I would base my decision on the time of season I was visiting.
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Jobeale
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Response from Wings0verWhales | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. We often have babies and toddlers on our flights and they fly with no problems at all- in fact they usually drop off to sleep! We can provide a set of ear muffs to protect little ears but... More
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