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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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Great experience with captain Oscar

Had an awsome time going for a flight with Oscar. He did a great job of piloting the plane and made... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2018
Nick B
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A whale of a time with Oscar

I booked a flight at short notice (the night before) and got there early. This was because I had a... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2018
Christopher E
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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 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

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

I booked a flight at short notice (the night before) and got there early. This was because I had a bit of a drive and didn't want to miss anything. We got a safety brief from Oscar who introduced himself as the pilot and we...More

2  Thank Christopher E
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

We decided to do whale watching via airplane and it was a very good decision to chose wings over whales. Oscar our pilot not just showed us in a stunning flight whales, dolphins and seabears. He gave us a lot of informations about different species...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

We went out on a flight this morning with pilot Oscar, not long into the flight he spotted a huge sperm whale. It was a truly magnificent sight. We also saw loads of dolphins. Thanks for such a memorable flight Oscar, simply the best.

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Very impressed with the operation. Friendly, knowledgeable staff who gave just enough information about what to expect and also about the whales without overwhelming us. The plane is small but once you are airborne you don't notice as you are looking out of the window...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

I did a half hour tour with Ed from Wings Over Whales a couple of days ago, and lived every minute of it. We went out off the coast of Kaikoura to try and catch a glimpse of a few Blue Whales we heard we’re...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

I went whale watching with these guys and had a fantastic experience. I have been whale watching by boat a number of times before but this was the very best way to see them. Our pilot and everyone else was friendly and knowledgeable and made...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Thanks to Ed and Aneke for an amazing experience from start to finish! They were so helpful not only with WOW related things but even with an incredible suggestion of places to eat and drink! Now, the flight itself was WICKED! We saw a sperm...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

My niece and I went to whale watch and they were very rude to us so we decided to go see about flying and it was a much better choice. We saw a sperm whale and dolphins and it was such beautiful scenery! The pilot...More

1  Thank Cara M
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

My flight was cancelled due to very bad weather, and I had only a very short time in Kaikoura, so I waa thrilled that they put on an earlier-than-normal flight the next morning before my bus left. That is service! The experience was truly wonderful,...More

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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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