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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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1st March 2014. We were supposed to do the whale watch boat trip but rough seas caused our, and all... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2014
John W
London, United Kingdom
Excellent Effort!

We had chosen a day when the whales could easily be spotted. Unfortunately though, due possibly to... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2014
Fladbury, United Kingdom
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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 20 March 2014

1st March 2014. We were supposed to do the whale watch boat trip but rough seas caused our, and all subsequent, trip to be cancelled. There was a refund on offer but we would have had to claim back from our travel agent in the...More

1  Thank John W
Reviewed 5 March 2014

We had chosen a day when the whales could easily be spotted. Unfortunately though, due possibly to the storm which came through the night before, all we saw was a pod of 4 beaked whales who dived within less than a minute of us spotting...More

1  Thank AvonReflectionsC
Reviewed 5 February 2014

Superb service. Very friendly, honest and professional. We really enjoyed the flight. Yes its short (30 mins) but everyone gets a window seat and they promise that if you see something they will turn so you can see from both sides of the plane. We...More

Thank S V W
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Took to the skies on 4th January 2014. Very excited as had been wanting to whale watch for a number of years. Flight duration 30mins. The pilot tried his best but couldn't find us anything to see... other than the whale watch boats out on...More

Thank DawnW10
Reviewed 9 January 2014

We were very excited to take the small plane and to see a whale....there is a 95 percent change. Unfortunately, we were part of the 5 percent. The pilot did his best and searched for it....but no whale....fortunately, we saw a very big pod of...More

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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2016

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with Wings Over Whales. We're very sorry that you were unsuccessful in seeing whales during your flight. Due to being a small operator we are unable to offer refunds however since your visit...More

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!

Thank Maren v
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
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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