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Address: Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 6580
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Adventure through the skies and experience the true magic of Kaikoura....

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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Wonderful Whale Watch with Wings over Whales

Thanks to the team at Wings over Whales today. I was given a fantastic flight. Anthony was a brilliant pilot with great knowledge of the local area and marine life. We had... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 November 2016
Katie-jayne G
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Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Thanks to the team at Wings over Whales today. I was given a fantastic flight. Anthony was a brilliant pilot with great knowledge of the local area and marine life. We had wonderful sunshine and beautiful flying conditions. Kaikoura showed off all it has to over. Don't leave kaikoura without doing this trip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The team at Wings Over Whales was professional, personable and safety conscious. On the day we were origionally scheduled for the flight, the weather was of slight concern and no flights were going out. It seemed like all of the staff were at the desk so I think we met everyone. Our flight was scheduled for the next day and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Just off the plane and I'm still amazed at the 20 foot male sperm while we saw, had a great time, pilot Edward was a good laugh and felt really comfortable with him at the helm. Would highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

We booked a trip and because of the clouds they had to cancel it. They were very nice and booked us in one hour later. Clouds were gone and had an amazing flight. Because of our pilot Edward, we saw a whale just diving under. Later we saw a couple of dolphins. They don't fly out when the weather is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We just went on the most amazing flight with Wings Over Whales. This company is fantastic, very informative, educational and WOW great views of a giant sperm whale. After our whale dove we had a flight around beautiful Kaikoura snowcap ranges and coast. Edward and Aneke the owners and pilot were fabulous. We highly recommend this trip to anyone. Cheers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Very enjoyable flight and friendly team. Spent some good quality time with one of the local sperm whales. Highly recommend for all ages.

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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your flight with us! Fantastic to hear that you had a great experience. Best wishes More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Flight was rescheduled due to weather. Appreciated the focus on safety. This trip was worth it even if you don't see a whale-the peninsula is just gorgeous and by air even better! Pilot Anthony gave pre-briefing re:whales and safety. Then, board and after a few minutes of incredible views of land and sea, we saw a sperm whale. Circled so... More 

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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks very much for choosing to fly with Wings Over Whales and wonderful to hear that you had a lovely experience. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in New Zealand! More 

Lawrence, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Had such an awesome time yesterday with these guys. The views were awesome, and seeing whales and dolphins from the air is an experience not to be missed. From the air you can see just how many dolphins are below you rather than the few that would follow on the boat. The staff were super friendly, and everybody gets a... More 

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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your thoughtful review- it's always great to receive positive feedback and to hear that you had a wonderful experience with Wings Over Whales! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

An awesome flight I would recommend to anyone. The Wings Over Whales staff were so friendly and added to the wonderful experience of seeing a whale for the first time!!! It was breathtaking to see a whale so close, there were stunning views and lots of playful dolphins too. I had so much fun - thanks Wings Over Whales !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

A helpful team of obliging and kind staff made this an enjoyable trip. Though initially hit by technical issues, the crew were able to salvage the day and made a proactive effort to make sure that not only it was a success to get out in the air, but that we definitely saw a whale despite choppy weather. An interesting... More 

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