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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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Amazing flight! Enjoyed every second!

We had very bad weather, couldn't see much of Kaikoura and haven't seen any whales at our first... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2016
fstrebost
Anjali Singh

Was too scared to get into small plane . It turned out to be a awesome experience. Watching whale... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2016
Anjali S
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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 29 June 2016

We had very bad weather, couldn't see much of Kaikoura and haven't seen any whales at our first flight. They made a big exception for us and offered us a second flight! This flight was absolutely amazing we had good weather and we've seen 5...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Was too scared to get into small plane . It turned out to be a awesome experience. Watching whale in its natural environment was an unique experience. The best thing about the tour was flying over pristine aquamarine Pacific Ocean . Kaikoura is one of...More

5  Thank Anjali S
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Wings0verWhales, Owner at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2016

Hello, Thank you very much for flying with Wings Over Whales and for taking the time to review your experience. Even though our whale watching planes are small, they are incredibly safe and we're really happy that you and your family were able to enjoy...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2016

This tour has to be in the top three highlights of our New Zealand trip by far! The staff were friendly and informative and even offered us a complimentary hot drink whilst they were delayed slightly which worked to our advantage as we were kinda...More

5  Thank Paula S
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Wings0verWhales, Owner at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2016

Thank you very much for your kind review. Our apologies that we were running a little behind schedule on the day of your flight but it's lovely to hear that you had a fantastic time! Thanks again for flying with us and for your recommendation-...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2016

Was not expecting to see any whales as it was the wrong time of year, but the crew of Wings over Whales knew where to look, and we actually did see one sperm whale and hundreds of dolphins. The view from above was a new...More

5  Thank Janlyn-60
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Reviewed 31 May 2016

For those travelling to Kaikoura and are not up for the rocky seas of the Pacific Wings Over Whales is the option for you. My partner and father went up with Eddie (the owner) on a scenic flight as the likelihood of spotting whales was...More

5  Thank Jamespatterson42
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Our guide and pilot Anthony was fantastic. He had a great knowledge of marine wild life which he was more than happy to share, answering all our questions and was super friendly. The team was in regular contact with other pilots in the area in...More

5  Thank Maryanne B
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

The flight in itself was already fun so the fact that we spotted hundreds of dolphins, lots of a seals and a whale were all a bonus. There were only two of us and the pilot and we had plenty of time to look at...More

6  Thank BrechtVds
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Excellent team who really aim to please. They provide interesting information about the local whale population prior to the flight. The plane is comfortable and proper ear-defenders were provided to all, including child-sized ones. The pilot was very friendly and had a competition to spot...More

5  Thank Rowie80
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Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We had the best flight over Kaikoura on a beautiful Autumn day, spotting whales and dolphins and a complimentary trip around the hills. Best service and our pilot was delightful! Wings Over Whales are the best provider, look no further!

5  Thank Hannah M
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Reviewed 22 April 2016

One word...outstanding ! We chose the slightly pricier option of the plane with wings overhead which gave us better viewing. The pilot was great- very helpful .We found about 5 whales and were rewarded with the sight of a sperm whale diving- we saw the...More

5  Thank Michael O
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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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