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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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We think this 30 minute flight is probably the best way to see the whales. You obviously don't get... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Dunworkin2015
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
A good way to see whales.

You can look at whales by boat, helicopter and plane. The boat only runs three times a day now due... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Clive_C54
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Romford, 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
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We think this 30 minute flight is probably the best way to see the whales. You obviously don't get as close as the boats but the perspective is brilliant. We saw sperm whales and a humpback that obliged with two breaches as it played with...More

4  Thank Dunworkin2015
Reviewed 18 March 2017

You can look at whales by boat, helicopter and plane. The boat only runs three times a day now due to the upheaval of the land under the sea which restricts the boats from getting in and out of harbour (they use to run ten...More

4  Thank Clive_C54
Reviewed 16 March 2017

The staff was very professional and polite. They welcomed us into their beautiful facility. The pilot was Jesse. Using picture slides he gave a short and interesting talk on the geology and why the whales live here and which kind of whales we might see....More

5  Thank Kawuneeche
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I would like to thank Wings over Whales and especially the pilot Edward who is a great pilot and thanks to him we have saw 7 sperm whale, learned a lot with him and had a lot of fun! Christine and Pierre (the icecream winner)...More

4  Thank Pierre V
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

I had a great 30 min flight with pilot Edward of 'Wings over whales', looking for whales near Kaikoura. Saw a blue whale and a sperm whale. Amazing experience!

3  Thank Najla S
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I got burned by the whale watch boat company as well. Thankfully Wings Over Whales offers a great and completely unusual experience. You get your own window seat and the pilot makes every effort to make sure everyone gets plenty of chances to see the...More

4  Thank Matthew N
Reviewed 6 March 2017

My husband and myself booked this trip as unable to do the boat trip. I did not want to miss out on the seeing the Whales, but was dubious about flying in a light aircraft. After reading the many positive reviews for this company, we...More

4  Thank Livebug1956
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

A trip to kaikoura isn't complete without a trip with wings over whales. I would describe it as a once in a lifetime experience....but I know I'll be back again! It was so incredible - fantastic value for money and the whole experience from booking...More

5  Thank Anna B
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great time on our flight and were lucky enough to see two spermwhales and heaps of dusky- and hectors dolphins. Before our flight we were briefed on safety as well as receiving information about whales, which was great. Our pilot Eddie truly...More

4  Thank tomas l
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Having reached Kaikoura with the intention of going on a whale watching boat trip, we were surprised to find out (as a result of recent earthquakes) the waiting list for a trip was about 3-12 weeks. Only having 2 days we opted for the flight...More

3  Thank Tourist1308
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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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