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Wings Over Whales

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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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08:00 - 17:00
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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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Absolutely Spectacular :)!!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 September 2016
Alyse_McKenzie
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Christchurch, New Zealand

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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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Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia
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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Had a great flight with Wings Over Whales. We were lucky enough to see a sperm whale and the scenery is stunning! The staff were all super friendly and knowledgeable too. Was a great all round experience, would highly recommend!

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Faaborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

When I booked my flight, there was no one else booked for the time yet. I was expecting that they would ask me to change the time or cancel the flight, but I got a private tour just for myself. They also made sure that there was a whale at the surface when we started the tour to make sure... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing experience with the team at Wings over Whales. Best way to see the whales - saw my first one! The scenery was gorgeous and was made even better with a lovely, sunny day.

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Oxford, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We had a great time a Wings over Whales. We booked the Whales and Scenic together and it was well worth it. As we were in August we got to see a Sperm Whale, we also saw a huge pod of Dusky Dolphins. Then we headed inland over the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Mountains. They were spectacular to see with all... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed the flight with you! The views of the whales and coast (and Edwards butt) were great. 😅Would definitely do it again!

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Totally amazing experience. From the time we reported for our flight to when we left, the whole trip was amazing. We were greeted by very friendly and efficient ground crew who welcomed us and made us very comfortable. Edward, our Pilot for the flight, took us through the reasons why the marine life was so prolific in Kaikoura, and our... More 

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Tauranga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Wasn't expecting to have time to see Whales on this trip but called in to have a look..luckily for us Eddie our fantastic pilot/guide insisted that conditions were just right for a flight. As he said we saw Whales and dolphins, he was able to tell us lots about them and all done so easily...such a great way to do... More 

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Minsk, Belarus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Good experience for whale lovers. Good crew and nice pilots, friendly and very polite. It might happen, that yoiu not gona see whales ( Nature is nature) , but the pilot will use maximum of time trying to let it happen. So, i might say - is a good additional opportunity to see Sperm whales form the air. Quite far,... More 

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