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Wings Over Whales

#4 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura Features Animals
Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6580
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Very happy customer

Absolutely amazing experience, one I will never forget! The staff were very professional and... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Kady F
via mobile
Amazing Time!

Highly recommend to anyone visiting Kaikoura! Me and the kids absolutely loved it! Will 100% visit... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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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 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
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
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...More

4  Thank Bigbluedk
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
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...More

4  Thank Trippatty111
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....More

1  Thank Gemma O
Wings0verWhales, Owner at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2016

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...More

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...More

3  Thank greentractor
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2016

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

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...More

4  Thank ThomasRaavig
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...More

3  Thank Katie-jayne G
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...More

3  Thank TravelWarriors
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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