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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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Amazing whale apotting flight

We loved our flight with Wings over Whales. There was our group of 4 and one other lady on our... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Jen R
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Bath, United Kingdom
via mobile
A once in a lifetime experience!

We were absolutely stunned by our tour with Edward from Wings Over Whales. From the insightful... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2017
Robin_Laura
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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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 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

5  Thank Jen R
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were absolutely stunned by our tour with Edward from Wings Over Whales. From the insightful pre-flight presentation about the life of whales in the Kaikoura canyon to the absolutely amazing flight where we saw 4 whales, we left the airport wanting to spend the...More

5  Thank Robin_Laura
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review. We're really pleased to hear that you had a fantastic experience with your pilot Edward. Thanks again for flying with us here at Wings Over Whales!

Reviewed 15 February 2017

We initially wanted to do a whale watchin boat tour, but they were all booked out with long waiting lists. So the only option to maybe see a whale seemed to be a helicopter tour or a flight with Wings Over Whales. Luckely we decided...More

5  Thank BeataBB
Wings0verWhales, Owner at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2017

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your flight with Wings Over Whales. Even though you were unable to get on one of the whale watch boat tours, we're pleased you were able to enjoy a different perspective from our plane. It's...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

With the problems of the recent earthquakes in the area, we had wanted to book the boat that went out to the whales. However, due to the harbour having been severely damaged, there are currently only three trips a day instead of sixteen and, therefore,...More

5  Thank David M
Wings0verWhales, Owner at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2017

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a thoughtful review and for flying with us here at Wings Over Whales. We're really happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Edward and thank you for supporting us and Kaikoura following the...More

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

5  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

6  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.

6  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!

5  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

5  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

5  Thank dnngirl
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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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