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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 wow factor

Having look at different ways of viewing whales I decided I would go with Wings over Whales I was... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
Susan H
Marple, United Kingdom
Amazing experience

From arrival we were impressed with the great customer service, they looked after us very well. We... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
West Yorkshire, England
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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 16 October 2017

Having look at different ways of viewing whales I decided I would go with Wings over Whales I was not disappointed from the moment you arrive the friendly professional team talk you through what to expect and hopefully see. Edward our pilot went the extra...More

3  Thank Susan H
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

From arrival we were impressed with the great customer service, they looked after us very well. We had our briefing then Edward our pilot took us up in the plane, I have to say it was a lot smoother than I expected. We circled for...More

3  Thank MrandMrsAckworth
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Heading towards Kaikoura only to find boat was fully booked .... then spotted WingsOverWhales so booked in and very glad we did. Staff were friendly and the pilot was great! Very informative and enthusiastic briefing and presentation. Nice plane, everyone gets a window seat! We...More

3  Thank Dylan M
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Having previously done whale watching from a boat and enjoyed it, I decided this time that the more unique opportunity to view whales from the air appealed to me more. I wasn't disappointed. From booking to landing, the service and experience was spot on. We...More

4  Thank aclarry25
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

I had an excellent experience with wings over whales. Excellent customer service and Anthony my pilot is very professional. A must for your kaikoura visit.

4  Thank czeno
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

A truly unforgettable experience! We were collected from Blenheim airport by the Wings Over Whales team in a very tidy, new plane. They had the care to organise a booster seat and child headphones for my five year old - in hot pink, no less,...More

4  Thank emily g
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We booked this tour after the boat trips were cancelled for the day due to the recent storm and the rough seas. We are glad we did as just 7 minutes after taking off we saw our first of two sperm whales. Our pilot Jesse...More

4  Thank martin b
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Me (18) and my friend (19) had a great time watching the whales from above. We saw different types of whales and a huge dolphin group. It was amazing and so much fun. The check-in was super easy and the intro before the flight was...More

5  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 11 July 2017

They give you a "school room" lesson on whales and other thing in the sea, then you take off and circle the most common areas for sightings. Be aware you do not always see anything as it is at natures good pleasure. We saw no...More

2  Thank pkmcallen
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Just an amazing experience, with an amazing pilot. The view is beautiful, and the flight give good feelings ! 👍

4  Thank Steven J
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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