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Wings Over Whales

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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
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Thank you Oscar!

We had a whale watch flight today and it was great! We saw a big sperm whale for quite long, a... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2018
VeronikaFischer98
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Nuremberg, Germany
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Stunning!

Oscar made our day! This tour is both a scenic flight over the beautiful Kaikoura peninsula as well... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Sumseline
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Dortmund, Germany
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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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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

We had a whale watch flight today and it was great! We saw a big sperm whale for quite long, a seal and a dolphin🐳🐬. The view and weather was great🏔☀️ So thanks to our super friendly pilot Oscar:) And the briefing was very interesting...More

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You are SO welcome! IT was a beautiful day for a whale watch and a successful one at that! We're so happy you enojoyed yourself and please don't forget to tag us in any awesome photos you post online! #wingsoverwhales

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Oscar made our day! This tour is both a scenic flight over the beautiful Kaikoura peninsula as well as a wildlife sighting tour. Oscar showed us the beauty of Kaikoura from above and told us a lot of things regarding the marine wildlife. We even...More

Thank Sumseline
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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Perfect! Sounds like a phenomenal trip! We'll make sure to give Oscar a big old pat on the back. He's great! Hope we will see you again one day!

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

My friend and I had a great experience! We had perfect weather and sea conditions. Jesse, the pilot, was knowledgable and really nice. As soon as he got the information there was a whale about to show up (right after we arrived and before he...More

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome. Jesse is a wonderful pilot and fantastic guy! We're so glad we were able to find a whale for you, sometimes those pesky buggers like to stay hidden longer than usual. Don't forget to tag us in any amazing photos you post online, and...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Probably the best scenic flight a have ever done. The scenery was magnificent. The pilot was brilliant and went the extra mile to ensure his guests got the most out of our trip. I'll definitely be doing the flight again.

Thank jacquelinemL6261UF
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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Fabulous. We'll take best scenic flight you've ever done. Thank you!!!! We'll see you again soon and try to top your last flight! :)

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

This was one of the best experience in New-Zealand. We were so lucky because we saw 3 spermwhales and 1 bluewhale. Pilots were really friendly and customer service is great! We heard lot's of information. I can highly recommend this trip, you don't regret if...More

Thank hannajalkanen
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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! Three Sperms and a BLUE WHALE! Thanks fantastic! Definitely something you can cross off your bucket list hey! So happy to have provided such a memorable experience for you and we hope we'll see you again one day.

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Fly above a whale ... we have been lucky , after few minutes from take-off our pilot Oscar has identified one whale ....contemplation and admiration, pure emotion! Thanks Oscar and congratulations for the organization and professionalism!

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Such a unique view isn't it! We love our jobs so much it's like being on vacation everyday at work! Thank you so much for your wonderful review and rating, we hope we can take you out again one day.

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

Flew with Oscar. Just amazing. Super day and saw a Sperm whale on the surface and when he dove. Also saw dolphins and a shark. Great flying experience and tour of Kaikoura to boot! A Must do!

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

A Shark! Thats pretty cool! We're so glad you had such a wonderful time, we hope you come back and fly with us again some day!

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

We were booked for Whale Watching by boat but it got cancelled due to rough sea. We were offered Wings over Whales as an alternative at no extra cost. We were in the air one and half hour later. Totally Unexpected Experience. Scenery was brilliant....More

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Rameshlcfc, We're so glad we could take you out when the boats were canceled due to rough seas. At least theres always options in Kaikoura for whale watching! All of our seats have a window-seat and the high-wings make for pretty good visibility and...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

This trip was outstanding! A stunning day in Kaikoura, combined with multiple dolphin pods and a blue whale sighting made for a flight I won’t forget. My pilots Ed and Jamie made sure we were well looked after, and were both very professional. The take...More

1  Thank Georgia D
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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review Georgia! We hope we can see you again some day and take you up again!

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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
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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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