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Wings Over Whales

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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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Whale watching from the air

Amazing experience. Our pilot, Oscar, was brilliant. We saw 2 whales, one diving, & beaut scenery 😀

Reviewed 7 January 2018
Sarah L
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Excellent experiencd

We had a blast! Our pilot Oscar was super friendly and knowledgeable. Only saw one whale and a huge... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
Ariel S
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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 7 January 2018 via mobile

Amazing experience. Our pilot, Oscar, was brilliant. We saw 2 whales, one diving, & beaut scenery 😀

3  Thank Sarah L
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

We had a blast! Our pilot Oscar was super friendly and knowledgeable. Only saw one whale and a huge group of dolphins. Quick flight, private so we each had window seats. Super fun! Thank you!

3  Thank Ariel S
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

great experience. it was awesome, spotted a sperm whale and dolphins. extremely friendly pilot and co-pilot

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

This was a lovely unique experience however I am not sure that it is worth the $180pp price tag. However my partner who has a real interest in planes disagrees with this statement. Oscar our pilot was so friendly and professional. His personality and enthusiasm...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Absolutely awesome!! We all had a ball - my partner, I & our 5 year old who was lucky enough to be co-pilot! We saw a sperm whale which was brilliant as well as oodles of dolphins playing. Totally recommend this if you can afford...More

1  Thank Mandy R
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

The day we took flight the water was very rough and the skies werent completely clear. Either way, our pilot still tried his best to find some whales. He also made sure to also give us the most scenic flight since we werent seeing any...More

1  Thank Holly S
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

It was an awesome experience to join one of the Wings over Whales tours, and we were lucky enough to spot a sperm whale from very nearby. The captain of our plane was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the Kaikoura area, the ocean and the...More

1  Thank Willemijn D
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We’ve been whale watching on boats before and wanted to try the plane, and it was great. Oscar our pilot was very relaxed and professional, as were all the staff and we saw 2 sperm whales and 4 orcas. It’s cool to get a different...More

1  Thank gammon3000
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

The staff are super friendly and funny. The pre-flight we had a great informative talk and then headed straight out to the plane. We saw two Whales ! You fly pretty close to the whales but they are still respectful to them. They fly in...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Had booked this trip 3 months in advance and was worried the weather was going to spoil it. No way! What a fantastic way to see some stunning scenery of the area around Kaikoura as well as seeing Sperm Whales, quite close into to shore....More

2  Thank Steve A
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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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