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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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Great Trip

I got burned by the whale watch boat company as well. Thankfully Wings Over Whales offers a great... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
Matthew N
It Exciting Trip

My husband and myself booked this trip as unable to do the boat trip. I did not want to miss out... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Brighton, 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 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
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Our pilot was Jesse and we had 5 x persons in our plane, the trip was half an hour and we saw 2 x sperm whales up close and 3 x sperm whales in the distance plus a couple of orca's and huge pods of...More

2  Thank daraneez2016
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

The Guys from "wings over whales" were very friendly from the first minute we arrived. In a short safety instruction our pilot Edward also told us everything you need to know about whales in Kaikura. It was very interesting and well explained. We also appreciate...More

6  Thank Schwarz P
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Although it is quite short (30 min) we were really happy ! The pilot (Edward) was funny and friendly and we saw plenty of dolphins and 3 whales showing up. Furthermore you will get an ice cream for free if you see a whale ;)

2  Thank kleeblatt123
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Unforgettable experience! We saw a few sperm whales, hundreds of dolphins and ... orcas!! Fantastic souvenir! As it was my first time in a small aircraft I was anxious, but it turned out to be incredibly enjoyable and peaceful with astonishing scenic views of Kaikoura's...More

4  Thank ingriddup
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2017

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your flight with us here at Wings Over Whales. How fantastic that you were able to see Orca on your flight, they are a special visitor to Kaikoura waters and always exciting to see. Thanks...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We loved our flight with Wings over Whales. There was our group of 4 and one other lady on our flight with our pilot, Jesse. We were so lucky to see orcas as well as 2 sperm whales up close and 2 others at distance....More

4  Thank Jen R
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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