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Wings Over Whales

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Address: Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-319 6580
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Adventure through the skies and experience the true magic of Kaikoura....

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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Experience of A life time..

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... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2013
Isle of Man, United Kingdom

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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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 you will see any whales it's a joy to see the coast and mountains from... More 

1 Thank pwhuds
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

We were rebooked from the boat to the plane because of the bad weather. But we could not fly either because the weather got worse. Staff was very friendly, patient and flexible, so we got booked the next day. It was worth waiting! The next day we had blue skies, after 10 minutes, we spotted 1 whale. We made several... More 

Thank MicheleC_73
Thaxted, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

We had excellent views of two sperm whales during our flight and were impressed by our pilot's (Jesse) knowledge of their habits and life histories

Thank WillC78
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2013

Set out on a warm,sunny day full of hope that this time will be the time I see a whale. Well, we saw 4, yes 4, with dolphins and seals thrown in for free. A wonderful day I shall never forget.

Thank Alison M
New Delhi, India
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171 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 605 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2013

The choices were helicopter , boat and airplane . Having done some whale watching [ shore based ] at Hermanus , South Africa [ Right Whales , second largest ] , we were not interested in the boat ride as it gives a very limited and superficial view . As they say '' there is more to the whale than... More 

6 Thank dranujkiran
Christchurch, New Zealand
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2013

Excellent way to see whales from above, great scenery as well, absolutely recommended as a special way to see these awesome creatures and amazing scenery.

Thank Sue W
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Reviewed 16 February 2013 via mobile

We saw one teenaged male sperm whale. Both my husband and I had a window seat on the same side of the plane so we saw the same thing when our pilot circled around the whale for about 5 min till he dove down. The flight is only 30 min which is a little risky since whales can stay down... More 

Thank JoasiaZ
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

Spent a few more days in Kaikoura and decided we had to try another "Wings Over Whales" flight. Yay!!! Wasn't disappointed. Have travelled all over the Pacific as well as the Bay of Islands and never glimpsed anywhere near what we saw this time. A full half hour of a lone Sperm Whale then to top it off hundreds of... More 

Thank Southlandrover
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Reviewed 31 December 2012 via mobile

we went in July on a lovely sunny day. great views of a couple of whales and hundreds of dolphins. our pilot was very friendly and professional (but only 23!) and he put us at ease. go!

Thank Jen2947
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2012

After reading such good reviews, but husband and i decided to invest a hefty amount just to see these magical creatures. Also, it was our 10th anniversary, so we thought it would be really nice. Unfortunately we did not see any whales, but we did see few pods of dolphins, but it was from so far up, that they looked... More 

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