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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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The best way to see the sperm whales of Kaikoura

Such was the commitment of our pilot, Oscar, when we arrived for check in he indicated there was a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
An unforgettable experience

We decided to book a whale watching flight as infants are not allowed on whale watching cruises in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Piotr Ż
Singapore, Singapore
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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

Such was the commitment of our pilot, Oscar, when we arrived for check in he indicated there was a reported whale sighting and that we had to get up in the air ASAP. After the mandatory safety briefing we were up the air within no...More

3  Thank holidaywarrior_26
Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to book a whale watching flight as infants are not allowed on whale watching cruises in Kaikoura, so this was the only way to see the whales with our 1-year-old daughter. We arrived early as instructed, but were informed that there is going...More

3  Thank Piotr Ż
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an awesome experience with our pilot Oscar. From the very beginning we felt save and welcomed and next to the flight we got interesting information about the whales. The flight itself was great and very smooth, we saw a great sperm whale and...More

4  Thank mimshellmann
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing experience. Our pilot, Oscar, was brilliant. We saw 2 whales, one diving, & beaut scenery 😀

3  Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a blast! Our pilot Oscar was super friendly and knowledgeable. Only saw one whale and a huge group of dolphins. Quick flight, private so we each had window seats. Super fun! Thank you!

3  Thank Ariel S
Reviewed 1 week ago

great experience. it was awesome, spotted a sperm whale and dolphins. extremely friendly pilot and co-pilot

1  Thank fabiennevandermale
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a lovely unique experience however I am not sure that it is worth the $180pp price tag. However my partner who has a real interest in planes disagrees with this statement. Oscar our pilot was so friendly and professional. His personality and enthusiasm...More

2  Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely awesome!! We all had a ball - my partner, I & our 5 year old who was lucky enough to be co-pilot! We saw a sperm whale which was brilliant as well as oodles of dolphins playing. Totally recommend this if you can afford...More

1  Thank Mandy R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The day we took flight the water was very rough and the skies werent completely clear. Either way, our pilot still tried his best to find some whales. He also made sure to also give us the most scenic flight since we werent seeing any...More

1  Thank Holly S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was an awesome experience to join one of the Wings over Whales tours, and we were lucky enough to spot a sperm whale from very nearby. The captain of our plane was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the Kaikoura area, the ocean and the...More

1  Thank Willemijn D
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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.
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