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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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Amazing way to see the whales!

Wings Over Whales is very honest and professional organization. Before flying, they give you a... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2015
Stemadsen
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Chicago, Illinois
Cool experience over the Kaikoura Peninsula

The team are upfront about the possibility of not seeing whales, and unfortunately we didn't. The... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2015
M0j3
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Wellington, New Zealand
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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 17 November 2015

Wings Over Whales is very honest and professional organization. Before flying, they give you a demonstration on whales and what you will experience. Take off is determined by the whales' schedule. They know more or less what time and where the whale will surface. If...More

3  Thank Stemadsen
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2015

Thank you for your review. We really try our best to offer an honest opinion of the day's whale watching conditions, especially as it's a special experience that many of our customers are looking forward to. The Sperm Whales in Kaikoura are here all year...More

Reviewed 2 November 2015

The team are upfront about the possibility of not seeing whales, and unfortunately we didn't. The service was great, the flight experience was very cool and the scenery over the peninsular was stunning. Even without the whale sighting this was a very cool experience in...More

2  Thank M0j3
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2015

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review- we're sorry that on the day of your trip you were unable to see any whales (such is nature at times) but so glad to hear you had a wonderful experience! The scenery...More

Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

2 whales, dolphins and great service. Awesome job!! Felt at ease with all staff, pilot and equipment! !

3  Thank SportingDad2015
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2015

Thanks for your review. We're really glad you and your wife had a great experience seeing the whales with us! Wishing you a happy and safe holiday.

Reviewed 7 September 2015

Greeted with smiles and told 3 times that the sea conditions are making it nearly impossible to sea whales. True we didn't see a whale but we did end up with a scenic flight over Kaikoura. Cheers for being clear about the low chance of...More

2  Thank BadPandaNZ
Wings0verWhales, General Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2015

Hi there, Thanks for your review and understanding. While we have a good knowledge of the breathing and surfacing patterns of the whales in Kaikoura, sometimes nature is out of our control. In these instances it is our policy however to be honest with our...More

Reviewed 30 August 2015

Our family had a great outing with them. They were very professional, the equipment seems good, and they even took up a bigger plane than they needed to so that everyone could get an optimal view from their seats. We actually got surprised by bad...More

3  Thank Jack B
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Hello, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was unfortunate that on the day of your flight the weather meant that our pilot had to turn back- this doesn't often happen, however it is our policy to offer a refund if a flight...More

Reviewed 14 August 2015

I first found it a little bit expensive so I made it through a "combo" (Horrible Whale watch, Amazing Dolphin swimming and Wonderful Wings over whales !). When I arrived there, I immediatly felt comfortable as my girlfriend and I where the only persons to...More

2  Thank AlexandreRoux
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2015

Great to hear that you and your girlfriend had a fantastic time flying with Wings Over Whales! The sperm whales really are something special and we're so fortunate in Kaikoura to be able to offer such a unique experience to travellers. Thanks for your lovely...More

Reviewed 12 July 2015

This was such an amazing and worthwhile experience, definitely the best excursion I have had in my 6 months in NZ. The staff and crew are friendly and welcoming and give you some great info on the marine life in the area including what you...More

2  Thank GBD82
Reviewed 25 June 2015

Friendly operation in small comfortable plane. Great views of the whales and dolphins. Well worth the price .Much quicker than by boat and better observation.

2  Thank barry1943
Reviewed 3 June 2015 via mobile

John was the pilot for the day. We booked our flight at 11u00 and we had to be there 15 minutes prior to have the explanation and safety instruction. The best thing of flying vs by boat it's only 30 minutes and almost every day...More

1  Thank travelamsterdamkim
Reviewed 20 May 2015

It sounds obvious but seeing Kaikoura's sperm whales from above gives you a very different perspective from seeing them from the boat. The boat guide paints a very vivid picture of the size of a male whale but tail floukes apart you don't really see...More

1  Thank Ian G
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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
19 October 2015|
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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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