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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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Even if you didn't see a whale the views would be worth it!

Had such an awesome time yesterday with these guys. The views were awesome, and seeing whales and... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2016
gabriellecrawford
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Lawrence, New Zealand
Absolutely Spectacular :)!!

An awesome flight I would recommend to anyone. The Wings Over Whales staff were so friendly and... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2016
Alyse_McKenzie
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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 8 September 2016

Had such an awesome time yesterday with these guys. The views were awesome, and seeing whales and dolphins from the air is an experience not to be missed. From the air you can see just how many dolphins are below you rather than the few...More

5  Thank gabriellecrawford
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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2016

Thank you very much for your thoughtful review- it's always great to receive positive feedback and to hear that you had a wonderful experience with Wings Over Whales!

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Reviewed 7 September 2016

An awesome flight I would recommend to anyone. The Wings Over Whales staff were so friendly and added to the wonderful experience of seeing a whale for the first time!!! It was breathtaking to see a whale so close, there were stunning views and lots...More

6  Thank Alyse_McKenzie
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

A helpful team of obliging and kind staff made this an enjoyable trip. Though initially hit by technical issues, the crew were able to salvage the day and made a proactive effort to make sure that not only it was a success to get out...More

2  Thank kittentravels
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

Had a great flight with Wings Over Whales. We were lucky enough to see a sperm whale and the scenery is stunning! The staff were all super friendly and knowledgeable too. Was a great all round experience, would highly recommend!

5  Thank sophieawilliamson
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

When I booked my flight, there was no one else booked for the time yet. I was expecting that they would ask me to change the time or cancel the flight, but I got a private tour just for myself. They also made sure that...More

5  Thank Franzilovesfood
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing experience with the team at Wings over Whales. Best way to see the whales - saw my first one! The scenery was gorgeous and was made even better with a lovely, sunny day.

5  Thank Jess R
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed the flight with you! The views of the whales and coast (and Edwards butt) were great. 😅Would definitely do it again!

5  Thank Kristin L
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

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Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Wasn't expecting to have time to see Whales on this trip but called in to have a look..luckily for us Eddie our fantastic pilot/guide insisted that conditions were just right for a flight. As he said we saw Whales and dolphins, he was able to...More

5  Thank Raewyn T
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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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