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Wings Over Whales

#4 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura Features Animals
Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6580
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Whales without sea sickness!

If you are not looking forward to the boats because of potential sea sickness: this is it! Seems... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2013
Eppstein, Germany
See it all!

It's true what they say, there is more to a whale then the tail shot and this experience lets you... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2013
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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 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
Reviewed 31 July 2013

We bought 2 whale watching flights off bookme and weren’t quite sure what to expect. We called to arrange pick up and they were more than happy to collect us from our hostel for free. On arriving we had a briefing about the whales and...More

Thank Chatterboxmegan
Reviewed 13 July 2013

I brought my partner on a surprise birthday trip to Kaikoura and, when we got here, it was a big toss up between going whale watching by boat or plane. In the end we went to go by air, even though the trip is only...More

Thank Sasha S
Reviewed 12 July 2013

Our pilot Josh was amazing. The trip was great value for money and throughly enjoyable. Felt very safe and secure. Coupled with this we stayed out longer than expected as we were lucky to see 5 whales and beautiful snow capped mountains

Thank Mhuireann10
Reviewed 8 May 2013

Wow, the experience of Wings Over Whales is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our lives. The flight we had with our Pilot Josh was awesome. He made it possible for us to see the mighty Sperm Whale by offering us a extra flight as...More

Thank realnz
Reviewed 6 May 2013

On any given day flights are available to go whale watching in Kaikoura...If you should have a spare hour or so then do it...chance of a lifetime to see these magnificent creatures from above, the sea is clear and although its not a guarantee that...More

1  Thank pwhuds
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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