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Wings Over Whales

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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6580
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Birdseye view over a sperm whale!

Very impressed with the operation. Friendly, knowledgeable staff who gave just enough information... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rachel S
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Blue whales!!

I did a half hour tour with Ed from Wings Over Whales a couple of days ago, and lived every minute... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Adventure through the skies and experience the true magic of Kaikoura. Wings Over Whales are a Qualmark endorsed visitor activity providing whale watching flights, scenic air tours and point to point private aircraft charter. The focus at Wings Over Whales is to deliver a friendly, high quality, boutique experience to all customers where the comfort and safety of each passenger is paramount. The company operate two aircraft; a 4-seater Cessna 172 as well as an 8-seater Gippsland Airvan. Both planes are high-winged allowing each passenger their own window seat and unobstructed views of Kaikoura’s marine wild life and majestic scenery. 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 Southern Right, Humpback, Fin, Sei, Brydes, Pilot, Southern Bottlenose and Blue Whales. Other, less frequent visitors to the area include Southern Right Whale, Orca and the endangered blue whale
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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very impressed with the operation. Friendly, knowledgeable staff who gave just enough information about what to expect and also about the whales without overwhelming us. The plane is small but once you are airborne you don't notice as you are looking out of the window...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I did a half hour tour with Ed from Wings Over Whales a couple of days ago, and lived every minute of it. We went out off the coast of Kaikoura to try and catch a glimpse of a few Blue Whales we heard we’re...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I went whale watching with these guys and had a fantastic experience. I have been whale watching by boat a number of times before but this was the very best way to see them. Our pilot and everyone else was friendly and knowledgeable and made...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Thanks to Ed and Aneke for an amazing experience from start to finish! They were so helpful not only with WOW related things but even with an incredible suggestion of places to eat and drink! Now, the flight itself was WICKED! We saw a sperm...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My niece and I went to whale watch and they were very rude to us so we decided to go see about flying and it was a much better choice. We saw a sperm whale and dolphins and it was such beautiful scenery! The pilot...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My flight was cancelled due to very bad weather, and I had only a very short time in Kaikoura, so I waa thrilled that they put on an earlier-than-normal flight the next morning before my bus left. That is service! The experience was truly wonderful,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Instead of taking the boat to look out for a whale or two, we’ve decided to use this company based at Kaikoura Airport. The flight took just over 30 minutes and the pilot was excellent and friendly. Spotted a male sperm whale and a lot...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great flight over whales at kaikoura! Oscar the best pilot of N-Z :) did a good briefing and flight.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I has an amazing flight! Saw 2 whales, and the pilot Oscar did a really good job! Would recommend this experience to everyone passing through Kaikoura!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly team at Wings Over Whales in Kaikoura NZ. Experienced pilots with knowledge of the whales and their behaviour, so my whale watching adventure was even more enjoyable for that reason. When the ocean is too rough for the boats, the planes still fly....More

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Anuja S
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
19 October 2015|
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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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