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Wings Over Whales

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Address: Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-319 6580
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Absolutely amazing experience, one I will never forget! The staff were very professional and friendly. We will definitely be back!

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Kady F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Absolutely amazing experience, one I will never forget! The staff were very professional and friendly. We will definitely be back!

4 Thank Kady F
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Highly recommend to anyone visiting Kaikoura! Me and the kids absolutely loved it! Will 100% visit Edward and the team again on our next trip to Kaikoura.

4 Thank dansancisco
Copenhagen, Denmark
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a flight with Wings Over Whales and we were very pleased with the flight. We were lucky enough to see two whales and hundreds of dolphins. The people running the company are really friendly and helpful. The company may not be the cheapest, but they are by far the the most professional. There were seven seats on... More 

4 Thank Bigbluedk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoy our flight with this company, we saw whales, a prefect time. The crew is very nice ! Thanks

4 Thank pichot h
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Great! Kind staff, clear info and we spotted two spherm whales. So we were lucky. Airplane looked good as well. Our pilot gave us before and during the flight enough information in a relaxed way and also knew when to keep his mouth shut. We had a close look at the whales. I highly recommand this company.

4 Thank Trippatty111
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We booked our trip with wings over whales on account of their 95% success rating online. Unfortunately we must be in that 5% as we saw nothing out there and unlike other people who have reviewed them, we were not offered another chance to fly. It was very disappointing as its not a cheap activity. But it would be an... More 

1 Thank Gemma O
Wings0verWhales, Owner at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with Wings Over Whales. We're very sorry to hear that you were unlucky in not seeing a whale during your flight. Our pilots make every effort possible so that all of our customers can go away satisfied but the Sperm whales are wild animals living in their natural environment-they are... More 

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Reviewed 17 November 2016

On our road trip around New Zealand we took a whale watching flight with 'Wings Over Whales'. A very friendly and professional outfit. We were fully briefed by our pilot, Edward, before the flight and he even made the coffee too. The flight found a sperm whale and we circled overhead for about 15 minutes. The aircraft has only six... More 

3 Thank greentractor
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of your recent whale watching flight with Wings Over Whales. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your flight over the Sperm whales with Edward and we trust you had a lovely holiday in New Zealand. Best wishes More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We booked a 2-person tour to see whales and unfortunately we didn't see any when we got out there. But instead of just saying too bad, we got the opportunity to go back in and wait a while, before we got a second go! We saw a spermwhale on our second try and it was amazing. The pilot Edward was... More 

4 Thank ThomasRaavig
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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!

3 Thank Katie-jayne G
United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank TravelWarriors

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