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Address: Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-319 6580
Today
08:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description:

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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Phenomenal experience !

What an exceptional day my girlfriend and I had. We were elated with how phenomenal the experience was. Edward was down to earth, gregarious and solicitous with us. It is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What an exceptional day my girlfriend and I had. We were elated with how phenomenal the experience was. Edward was down to earth, gregarious and solicitous with us. It is propitious that you too will have a congenial time during your 'Wings Over Whales' adventure. The business is illustrious, with enjoyment being paramount. I expect multitudinous of experiences to perpetually... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a ball, Edward is a great operator with a spectacular sense of humour. Enjoyed my time and looking forward to coming back with my friends and family.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A great team with a very professional approach. I would certainly recommend them. Edward is the man!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing experience, one I will never forget! The staff were very professional and friendly. We will definitely be back!

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1 Thank Kady F
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 cheapest, but they are by far the the most professional. There were seven seats on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoy our flight with this company, we saw whales, a prefect time. The crew is very nice ! Thanks

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 had a close look at the whales. I highly recommand this company.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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. It was very disappointing as its not a cheap activity. But it would be an... More 

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Wings0verWhales, Owner at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

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 away satisfied but the Sperm whales are wild animals living in their natural environment-they are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 sperm whale and we circled overhead for about 15 minutes. The aircraft has only six... More 

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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

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 More 

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