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Wings Over Whales

#4 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura Features Animals
Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6580
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What a view!!

I admit to a cetacean addiction. I go whale watching whenever possible. I have always done it by... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
Andrea T
via mobile
Amazing flight over Kaikoura!

Thank-you to Wings Over Whales for a fantastic trip today......we were so disappointed when our... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2017
Hilar A
via mobile
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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 12 February 2017 via mobile

I admit to a cetacean addiction. I go whale watching whenever possible. I have always done it by boat because that is what is usually possible. I have seen whales near Auckland, Gold Coast Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, and California. This was a different and great...More

4  Thank Andrea T
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Thank-you to Wings Over Whales for a fantastic trip today......we were so disappointed when our much-anticipated boat trip had to be cancelled due to rough seas in the morning, but thrilled that we were offered a transfer to a 30mins flight with your company at...More

5  Thank Hilar A
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We had a perfect flight with wings over whales. The team was very friendliy and helpful. We got useful informations about the whales from the pilot. The flight was great. We could see a potwhale and seals.

5  Thank Daniela H
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

So happy to see a whale but the whole flight was awesome, spectacular scenery, pilot was so lovely and wish I could do it again and again. Can recommend. We also saw dolphins!

4  Thank racheltravels7
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Very professional, well managed and high quality tourist attraction. Safety procedures and briefing on point with a very good plane as well. The building is beautiful and you take off and land right on a runway beside the beach. We had an amazing time and...More

4  Thank Jmg567
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Originally I booked the flight for my friend and I on the wrong date. The lady at Wings Over Whales helped us edit our booking accordingly with no problems whatsover. When we arrived at the airport in Kaikoura, having never travelled in a small aircraft...More

4  Thank dnngirl
Reviewed 26 January 2017

This is a tremendous way to see the whales off kaikoura. Small plane so everyone gets a fantastic view. We were out for about an hour. At least 40 minutes over the sea. We were delighted to see a sperm whale that stayed on the...More

4  Thank Janet H
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We saw a magnificent sperm whale! Breath taking experience that everyone should try! The plane was great, the pilot very knowledgeable. 5/5!

4  Thank Nez99
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Had a blast flying with a great pilot Edward, funniest dude! Whale watching and spectacular views. Definitely recommend Wings over whales to everyone.

4  Thank sojt44
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Captain Edward... a very professional young man, amazing scenic flight, would certainly recommend to anyone thinking of doing it.

4  Thank lancejw
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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