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Wings Over Whales

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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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Blue whale

We were lucky to spot a blue whale, it was fantastic, our pilot Jesse was really nice a stayed some... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tomas G
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London, United Kingdom
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Whale spotting

We had a really nice flight with our friendly pilot Oscar. We caught a glimpse of a Big Blue and a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Maxime P
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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky to spot a blue whale, it was fantastic, our pilot Jesse was really nice a stayed some 10-15 mins longer with us in the air. The plane is great, everyone has a window seat. Lots of dolphins and seals could be seen...More

2  Thank Tomas G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a really nice flight with our friendly pilot Oscar. We caught a glimpse of a Big Blue and a spermwhale. Was really cool seeing nature biggest creatures.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Our friendly pilot Oscar did an amazing job of quickly finding two sperm whales & gave us all a great opportunity for photographs. We also saw a huge pod of delightful dusky dolphins and then soared around the peninsula to get stunning views of the...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

What an amazing experience! We are a family traveling around for two months in New Zealand with our baby. The pilot crew Jamie, Jesse and Oscar took a special care for us with our 10 months old daughter. The planes were all top and great...More

2  Thank J O
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Day 1: I arrived a few minutes too late just to realized that I had made a mistake and booked for the wrong date. Liam, who was at the reception, stayed very friendly and relaxed (even though I delayed him)and did not hesitate to change...More

2  Thank MirjamW
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Had a great morning with a great pilot! You’ll have a good feeling once you walk into their building.. we were asked if we could wait for another ten minutes to have more chance of seeing whales. This was because the whale they spotted had...More

3  Thank wvisscher
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Absolutely adored flying with Wings Over Whales! Flawless scenery of the mountains, ocean and Kaikoura peninsula and of course those stunning whales! This could not have gone better from start to finish, from check in through the flight with Oscar who was a fantastic pilot....More

3  Thank adventureangela24
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Went up this morning for 30 minute flight and saw about a hundred dusky dolphins and a magnificent male sperm whale. From a boat it would be impossible to see all the dolphins together - it was a very different view. The whale was so...More

3  Thank Maryandolly
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Oscar the pilot was so nice to the kids ans made us feel very confortable. We saw 4 sperm whales! And it should be done in 30 min but i think Oscar remain led on air as long as we saw the whales. I love...More

3  Thank Doroth��e
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Thanks to Edward, our pilot, we had an amazing flight! We have seen hundreds of dolphins and a sperm whale. Must do!!!

3  Thank Louis H
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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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