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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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Whale Looks So Small

The whale is actually very small, viewed by naked eye. I spotted a sperm whale, saw it blew... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our flight with Wings Over Whales was one of the highlights of our tour of New Zealand. It was just... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Harry H
Marple, 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
+64 3-319 6580

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The whale is actually very small, viewed by naked eye. I spotted a sperm whale, saw it blew water, and saw it dived. But it looked minute from the height I was at. Pilot said the whale was about 18 meters. I saw a plane...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our flight with Wings Over Whales was one of the highlights of our tour of New Zealand. It was just marvellous.. After a short informative talk and safety briefing we were off. The views over Kaikoura are so fantastic that even if we hadn't seen...More

1  Thank Harry H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From beginning to end, we were well looked after, a comprehensive and reassuring safety briefing was provided before information about what we may see once out over the water. Oscar, our pilot was friendly and professional, we were fortunate to see a sperm whale at...More

1  Thank tessa345
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Brilliant staff got us in the air an hour early when we misjudged our bus times, fab flight seeing the incredible landscape, dolphins and a whale. Oscar was great!

2  Thank ciara d
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Dreadful at sea, so let the rest of my group take the boat, whilst I took the plane. Oscar was great, flight felt completely safe, and even with my short lens on my DSLR I got some great shots. It was worth it alone just...More

2  Thank SammyL23
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Awesome flight with wings over whales. When we arrived, we had a warm welcome. Edward the pilot did a great job. He informed us about the whales in that area and safety in a charming way. We have seen two sperm whales. We can highly...More

1  Thank Cornel S
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful smooth flight & found a whale almost exactly where & when our pilot Antony predicted. Amazing views of a stunning animal. We circled over it until it dived then followed a huge pod of Dusky dolphins. Wings over Whales is a...More

4  Thank Happinessfulled
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your whale watching flight with us! kind regard Wings Over Whales Team

Reviewed 28 November 2017

My partner and I had an incredible experience with wings over whales. After a short intro and safety talk we were swept up into the air where these pro's found a monstrous sperm whale within about ten minutes. It was amazing to see these magnificent...More

1  Thank Robert H
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Hi Robert Thank you for your kind words about your experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that you would Fly with us again! We look forward to hopefully see you both in the near future. Kind regards Wings Over Whales Team

Reviewed 28 November 2017

Easy to find and good parking. Had to come back as the cloud ceiling was too low to fly at 11:00am. WOW phoned us to advise of flight at 1.00pm. Take your best camera with you as loads of photographic opportunities of sea, land, township...More

1  Thank Catharine H
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Had a great flight with Oscar and Jesse. They were good fun to fly with and were great at spotting whales for us. The views of the whales are awesome. Would definitely recommend this as an alternative to heading out on a boat. Cheers guys.

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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