We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Wings Over Whales

Features Animals
Open Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wings Over Whales
Booking unavailable on TripAdvisor

Want other options you can book now?
All photos (242)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“wings”(47 reviews)
“pre flight”(5 reviews)
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...more
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6580
Reviews (349)
Filter reviews
317 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews wings pre flight fantastic pilot great flight window seat boat trip unexpected experience birds eye view smooth flight informative talk friendly team exciting trip both sides whale watching boat scenic flight huge pod of dusky dolphins cancelled due
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 317 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing experience to flight over the sea ans see a whale without disturbing it! Oscar is a really nice pilot, very smooth flight and a lot of beautiful memory of this experience! Thank you!

1  Thank Vincent L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I opted for this as we’ve done many boat tours and we were not disappointed. The staff at the airport were great when we showed up a day early for our flight by mistake. They accommodated us on to a flight that...More

Thank MrsFin28
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Due to time constraints, we opt for wings over whales instead of via boat. Honestly the whale look like normal fish from top until a boat came by and with that comparison, you do see the fish being massive! Our pilot like us to have...More

Thank Seira
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Wonderful day with Wings over Whales - we were supposed to do the whale watching boat but they were cancelled due to rough seas. We were offered a refund, change to the next day or no extra charge transfer to a plane instead. We took...More

Thank gcolclough88
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

I have always wanted to go whale watching and this surely did not disappoint! They are amazing pilots and team and we saw a couple of whales too. It was definitely an amazing experience that I would love to do again! Highly recommended to everyone

1  Thank EmmaClarkson
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

One of the best things Iv done in Kaikoura. Seeing the sperm whales was the highlight, but the views from the plane of the whole town and snow capped mountains really topped it off!!! the wheather was on point too. Our pilot Oscar was so...More

3  Thank Bmeiks22
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Had an awesome experience, Oscar our pilot was amazing and we got to see two sperm whales together. Would deffo recommend going!

2  Thank Lizziebeach
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

This was one of our favorite activities we did! Friendly staff, relaxed, professional, and knowledgeable. Small group in the plane for about 40+ minutes and saw 3 whales some had dolphins swimming around them. Oscar was a great pilot and genuinely excited when we got...More

2  Thank Suezb14
Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Hi Suezb14! Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're so happy this was the highlight of your New Zealand experience. We definitly think Kaikoura is a special place and hope you tell all your friends and family it's a must do if ever...More

Reviewed 4 August 2018

Had the most amazing flight today it was the perfect weather for a flight.The staff are extremely friendly as-well as the pilots. Got to see 2 sperm whales witch was amazing being able to soar through the sky and look down on the beautiful animals....More

1  Thank JonoP54
Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Kia Ora Jono! You are SO welcome. We're glad to have given you such a wonderful experience and hope to see you again one day! Don't forget to tag us in any amazing photos you took on Facebook or Instagram! @wingsoverwhales #wingsoverwhales

Reviewed 23 July 2018

Spur of the moment decision and well worth the $$$. Pilot was relaxed and informative and awesome veiwing of Humpback whales.

Thank jimmac2015
Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Hey Jim! Isn't it though!? That's amazing that you got to see Humpbacks! Sperm Whales are our locals and when we get transient whales passing through like Humpbacks, Blues, or Orcas we get just giddy. Hope to see you again one day!

View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 19 nearby hotels
Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura
231 reviews
6.84 km away
Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge
242 reviews
6.96 km away
Kaikoura Apartments
423 reviews
7.18 km away
The White Morph Heritage Collection
472 reviews
7.19 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 61 nearby restaurants
Black Rabbit Pizza
185 reviews
7.21 km away
Coopers Catch Kaikoura
525 reviews
7.19 km away
Poppy's Handmade Ice Cream Parlour & Cafe
174 reviews
7.17 km away
Allure Cafe and Gallery
165 reviews
7.18 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 54 nearby attractions
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
881 reviews
7.21 km away
Ohau Point Seal Colony
984 reviews
6.27 km away
Kaikoura Museum
57 reviews
7.18 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Anuja S
10 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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.
19 October 2015|
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