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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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Breathtaking views!

This was my dream for a long time! I love whales and take every opportunity to meet these rare... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2014
Poznan, Poland
Great experience

My husband and I went up in a flight with one of the pilots (just the three of us in the 4-seater... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2014
Hong Kong, China
via mobile
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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 8 January 2014

This was my dream for a long time! I love whales and take every opportunity to meet these rare animals. Wings over whales do their very best to make sure you see whales during the flight. Josh is an excellent pilot and he was doing...More

1  Thank NullnFull
Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went up in a flight with one of the pilots (just the three of us in the 4-seater plane) and after the 30 minute flight we didn't see any whales. We were incredibly disappointed, however, once we got back, they said...More

Thank lissie_220
Reviewed 31 December 2013

Because of strong winds we weren't able to take a boat tour as planned, so we switched to wings over whales. The view we had was stunning, clear blue sky and white mountain tops. Ah, and the whale as well!

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Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

Excellent choice! We had an appointment, we went and the guy told us that our chances of spoting a whale that day were low, so we left it for the next day. Today we made it and it was great! We saw a sperm whale...More

Thank carolinaurdaneta
Reviewed 30 December 2013

Kaikoura had not been nice to us. First, our whalewatch booking was cancelled by rain and wind. It was rescheduled for the end of the holiday, along with this. That day, it rained, heavily. Both cancelled, arrgh! But we knew this would be short, and...More

1  Thank Tomos W
Reviewed 20 December 2013

If you are not looking forward to the boats because of potential sea sickness: this is it! Seems the operators work together so before you depart the pilot gets the coordinates & diving time of the spotted whale from the boats: likelihood of spotting greatly...More

Thank klein1969
Reviewed 27 November 2013

It's true what they say, there is more to a whale then the tail shot and this experience lets you see the entire whale! I have been whale watching in boats before and not sure if I would ever go back after this experience. You...More

1  Thank bamboosticks
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Having been pretty reliably informed that a blue whale was haning around just off-shore from Kaikoura, we dashed out to the airfield to get on the very next Wings Over Whales trip that we could do. These whales are not the resident sperm whales that...More

Thank ruthe451
Reviewed 21 September 2013

We arrived at the place ahead of time, and were warmly greeted. First we were shown a video about the whales. My heart often sinks as these videos are rarely fun, but this one actually explained how to spot the whales and why they were...More

1  Thank DanMcN
Reviewed 20 August 2013

Thirty minutes on the plane cost as much as the whale watch boat trip. Since we were already doing the albatross trip in the morning and I know that the whale watch trip is often cancelled in the winter, especially in the afternoon we decided...More

2  Thank lanamom
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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