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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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Like lots who have already reviewed, this wasn't our first choice for seeing the whales. We had... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
Beth L
via mobile
Stunning Scenery & Informative Pilot

A group of 6 of us took a flight which was absolutely brilliant! We saw dolphins and a whale, as... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
London, United Kingdom
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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 21 April 2017 via mobile

Like lots who have already reviewed, this wasn't our first choice for seeing the whales. We had stupidly left booking anything to the last minute and the day before our options were limited to a flight rather than a boat. However we were not disappointed....More

6  Thank Beth L
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

A group of 6 of us took a flight which was absolutely brilliant! We saw dolphins and a whale, as well as Kaikoura and the peninsula from above, and - on request - we got to see the post-earthquake landslips along the SH1 which brought...More

4  Thank AJWYATT
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Brilliant experience over the sea in kaikoura. Thewings were at the top of the plane so the view was perfect. Saw dolphins and a sperm whale. Great flight.

3  Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Our positive experience started with them answering an e-mail with a question within minutes. They were very accomodating and managed to give us a seat in a later flight, since our bus from Chirstchurch took much longer than expected because of bad weather. They also...More

5  Thank Karen P
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Couldn't get a booking on the Whale Watch boat so decided to give Wings over Whales a go.Glad we did.2 sperm whales and a humpback whale and hundreds of dolphins sighted.Very friendly and informative staff. A lifetime memory.

7  Thank Martin D
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Our pilot Edward gave us a very interesting 15-20 min introduction about the whales in Kaikoura and why they are especially passing by there. After a short safety introduction we started the flight, which itself is worth the money in my opinion (if you have...More

7  Thank MatthiasR16
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

The flight was a once in a lifetime experience.. we were lucky enough to see two whales, one of whom hung around for quite a while. Seeing such magnificent creatures on their own turf was a magical moment which we won't forget any time soon....More

8  Thank Xerrin
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We think this 30 minute flight is probably the best way to see the whales. You obviously don't get as close as the boats but the perspective is brilliant. We saw sperm whales and a humpback that obliged with two breaches as it played with...More

6  Thank Dunworkin2015
Reviewed 18 March 2017

You can look at whales by boat, helicopter and plane. The boat only runs three times a day now due to the upheaval of the land under the sea which restricts the boats from getting in and out of harbour (they use to run ten...More

6  Thank Clive_C54
Reviewed 16 March 2017

The staff was very professional and polite. They welcomed us into their beautiful facility. The pilot was Jesse. Using picture slides he gave a short and interesting talk on the geology and why the whales live here and which kind of whales we might see....More

7  Thank Kawuneeche
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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