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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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Business owners with heart

A very special day with my family that I we are all incredibly grateful for. An awesome experience... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amy S
via mobile
Wonderful sighting

We had a fantastic encounter with a sperm whale... we had never expected it to be that breathtaking... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alex B
Zurich, Switzerland
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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
+64 3-319 6580

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very special day with my family that I we are all incredibly grateful for. An awesome experience and a business absolutely worth supporting. Special thankyou to our awesome pilot who flew us safely, the beautiful lady and her gorgeous baby at the front desk,...More

2  Thank Amy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic encounter with a sperm whale... we had never expected it to be that breathtaking from above! Oscar was a fantastic pilot and very friendly and professional guy!

3  Thank Alex B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff is really friendly and professional. on my first flight we couldnt find any whales so i could go on a second trip with a discount. Its not just a flight over whales, you get much more like an awesome scening flight above kaikoura...More

2  Thank Marcel S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool experience to see a sperm whale from the sky, superfriendly pilot and top service in general!

Thank Luis R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just came back from the flight in a machine with only 4 people :) - great experience! As I get easily seasick, I was not interested in going by boat. Of course no one can guarantee you the sighting of the whales but the pilots...More

1  Thank StHiSe
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 11 January 2018

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 10 January 2018

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

3  Thank mimshellmann
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

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

3  Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 6 January 2018 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
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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