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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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Absolutely Incredible Experience, an Absolute must!!

12 out of 10 - Just amazing!! I've been to Kaikoura many times, and have been whale watching a... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Matt Q
Exceeded my expectations!

Everything about my flight and whale watch experience was absolutely perfect! I got a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Danielle B
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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 30 May 2017

12 out of 10 - Just amazing!! I've been to Kaikoura many times, and have been whale watching a couple of times. Flying above the whales was incredible, not only do you really see the whole scale of each whale, but when they are sub-surface...More

5  Thank Matt Q
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Everything about my flight and whale watch experience was absolutely perfect! I got a beautiful sunny day with no wind and I got to sit up front with the pilot which allowed me the best view! It didn't take us long to spot our first...More

5  Thank Danielle B
Reviewed 19 May 2017

I didn't expect to be on a plane, the morning I went to see whales by boat. Due to cancellations I was happy to fly with wings over whales. It was an amazing experience to see two of these giant whales swimming below us. It...More

5  Thank B0urj0is
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

We loved this experience and can't rate the company highly enough. They weren't particularly hopeful about finding whales on our trip and explained the reasons for this before we left. They also gave us the opportunity to cancel and have a full refund which we...More

5  Thank Mocampion
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Unlike most of reviewers, our son specifically chose to experience the Whale watch this way as he wish to see the whole body of the whales rather just the flick of the tail. I was originally a bit nervous about flying in a small airplane...More

7  Thank Orarat A
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Like lots who have already reviewed, this wasn't our first choice for seeing the whales. We had stupidly left booking anything to the last minute and the day before our options were limited to a flight rather than a boat. However we were not disappointed....More

6  Thank Beth L
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

A group of 6 of us took a flight which was absolutely brilliant! We saw dolphins and a whale, as well as Kaikoura and the peninsula from above, and - on request - we got to see the post-earthquake landslips along the SH1 which brought...More

4  Thank AJWYATT
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Brilliant experience over the sea in kaikoura. Thewings were at the top of the plane so the view was perfect. Saw dolphins and a sperm whale. Great flight.

3  Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Our positive experience started with them answering an e-mail with a question within minutes. They were very accomodating and managed to give us a seat in a later flight, since our bus from Chirstchurch took much longer than expected because of bad weather. They also...More

5  Thank Karen P
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Couldn't get a booking on the Whale Watch boat so decided to give Wings over Whales a go.Glad we did.2 sperm whales and a humpback whale and hundreds of dolphins sighted.Very friendly and informative staff. A lifetime memory.

7  Thank Martin D
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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