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Wings Over Whales

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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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What a way to see whales!!

Absolutely adored flying with Wings Over Whales! Flawless scenery of the mountains, ocean and... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
adventureangela24
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Phuket, Thailand
Fabulous whale watching by air

Went up this morning for 30 minute flight and saw about a hundred dusky dolphins and a magnificent... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2018
Maryandolly
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Princes Risborough, 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 12 March 2018

Absolutely adored flying with Wings Over Whales! Flawless scenery of the mountains, ocean and Kaikoura peninsula and of course those stunning whales! This could not have gone better from start to finish, from check in through the flight with Oscar who was a fantastic pilot....More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Went up this morning for 30 minute flight and saw about a hundred dusky dolphins and a magnificent male sperm whale. From a boat it would be impossible to see all the dolphins together - it was a very different view. The whale was so...More

3  Thank Maryandolly
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Oscar the pilot was so nice to the kids ans made us feel very confortable. We saw 4 sperm whales! And it should be done in 30 min but i think Oscar remain led on air as long as we saw the whales. I love...More

3  Thank Doroth��e
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Thanks to Edward, our pilot, we had an amazing flight! We have seen hundreds of dolphins and a sperm whale. Must do!!!

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

I had an amazing flight on the Wings over Whales with pilot Oscar Robinson. We had a very informative talk before hand and then a great flight and were lucky enough to see a huge whale and heaps of dolphins. Oscar was a very experienced...More

4  Thank weirandjulie
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We were late getting to Kiakoura and were not expecting to find something so amazing as this. It was surprisingly well priced. We booked it from the Information centre. The lady there was so lovely. Ringing around trying to get us a place. We were...More

1  Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

we booked very last minute to fly after our boat trip was cancelled due to choppy seas. i really wanted to see sperm whales, and there's a 95% chance of seeing the resident males so i was excited. after the safety talk we were weighed...More

1  Thank jo t
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Oscar is a perfect guide and pilot. He brought us to a couple of sperm wales in no time and gave us a perfect opportunity to make pictures from above. Never seen a sperm whale make a rainbow when breathing. This is so much better...More

2  Thank Piet W
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We chose to see the whales with this company and we were not disappointed! The weather was very good, the pilot was very friendly, the landscapes were beautiful! We saw plenty of dolphins and 2 sperm whales Such a very good day!

2  Thank Anne-Laure G
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Had an awsome time going for a flight with Oscar. He did a great job of piloting the plane and made me feel very safe. We manage to see 1 sperm whale which was at the surface for at least 10 minutes until it dived...More

2  Thank Nick B
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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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