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Reviewed 26 January 2024

We chose the helicopter tour which included whalewatching as well as a flight up into the mountains. We saw 3 sperm whales and a huge pod of dusky dolphins. The mountains were spectacular and our super knowledgeable pilot explained all about how the terrain had altered since the 2016 earthquake. Worth every penny.

Date of experience: January 2024
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Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

Watched the weather forecast carefully to make sure we chose a reasonable time and that worked out well. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any whales, which is always possible but we did see a huge pod of dusky dolphins and the scenery is beautiful. The sun shone, the pilot was very good and I overcame my fear of flying to go up and enjoy it.
Will certainly try again another time and hope for the best!

Date of experience: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2023 via mobile

We had been booked with the boat tours. But because it had been windy overnight and there was a big swell, all boat tours for the day were cancelled. As we were only there for a day we booked on the small plane flight. However we didn't realise that Wings over Whales use information from the boats to identify the location of the whales. So our chances of seeing a whale that day were greatly reduced.

We didn't see any whales. That's always a risk but I feel that they should make it clear that if the boats aren't sailing your chances of seeing a whale are reduced.

Flight itself was very smooth and everyone had a great view.

Date of experience: November 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023

Unfortunately a 30 minute flight searching for a non-existent whale - very disappointing. A large pod of dolphins was the only sighting.

Date of experience: November 2023
Thank Jon P
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Reviewed 20 November 2023

We had an amazing experience with Wings over Whales. Very friendly humorous and attentive staff. Pilots Keeley and his colleague did a great job and were highly informative. We got a great view of a sperm whale and dolphins and the pilots kept a respectful distance. We thoroughly loved our time with them

Date of experience: October 2023
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