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Wings Over Whales

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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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Come fly with Wings Over Whales for an incredible opportunity to witness the largest toothed whales in the world from above! Whale watching from the air allows you to see the entire animal, as well as giving you epic views of the scenery, and the ability to cover large areas to see even more whales and dolphins.

All our aircraft are high-winged for unimpeded viewing, and are equipped to the highest safety standards. We are the only company in Kaikoura that uses real-time tracking systems in all our aircraft.

We operate an exceptional product where every customer is treated like part of the family. Book today for an unforgettable whale watching experience!
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Luke Brodie wrote a review 23 May
2 contributions
Great trip - for the first 20min we didn't see anything then saw 3 whales in the last 10min! Great staff
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Date of experience: May 2022
lindalulu8 wrote a review 6 May
Nelson, New Zealand11 contributions
Fantastic staff who knew their stuff, very friendly and relatable. We were the only ones booked and needed at least 2 more to book to be able to go ahead, loved that they allowed time for that to happen overnight, not cancelling straight away, and so when the call came to confirm we were rapt. We were lucky enough to see a sperm whale a pod of pilot whales and dolphins, plus the scenery was beautiful. Loved loved our experience, thank you.
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Date of experience: April 2022
HevGooda wrote a review 5 May
Leeds, United Kingdom16 contributions2 helpful votes
Excellent experience, very professional. All staff were friendly and we appreciated the lift to the airfield from town. Would fully recommend to anyone, and we saw orcas nd dolphins which was very special. Thankyou!
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Craig H wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland, New Zealand12 contributions4 helpful votes
Excellent experience from the time we arrived to when we left. Friendly experienced staff who really enjoy their work. When out of there way to find a humpback whale for us to see.
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Hayley Ray wrote a review Feb 2022
133 contributions4 helpful votes
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!!!
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Date of experience: March 2022