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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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Great experience

Our pilot Jamie took us out, it was a great experience. We got to see not only whales but also... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tessa M
via mobile
Such fun!

Our pilot Jamie took my friends and I up for a flight and we had an awesome time! He was very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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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 4 days ago via mobile

Our pilot Jamie took us out, it was a great experience. We got to see not only whales but also dolphins too. Staff were friendly and very informative. Definitely recommend

1  Thank Tessa M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our pilot Jamie took my friends and I up for a flight and we had an awesome time! He was very thorough and friendly - will definitely be back!

3  Thank _kristy_havill
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oscar took my wife and I️ up for a scenic route and I️t was incredible. He showed us our hotel, the kaikora peninsula and up and down the coast. Not to mention he was an incredible pilot. Thanks Oscar!

4  Thank Matthew N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the get go, the staff were super friendly and informative. When I called to book I spoke to Jamie who was an absolute delight. We laughed and he informed us of the next step. Upon arrival Edward gave us a perfect rundown and answered...More

Thank lnangle84
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our pilot Edward was great, he picked us up from town and was in a really good mood. He was funny and kind, prior to our flight he informed us about the whales which was really cool and interesting. The other pilots were really friendly...More

2  Thank Malte B
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Having look at different ways of viewing whales I decided I would go with Wings over Whales I was not disappointed from the moment you arrive the friendly professional team talk you through what to expect and hopefully see. Edward our pilot went the extra...More

2  Thank Susan H
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

From arrival we were impressed with the great customer service, they looked after us very well. We had our briefing then Edward our pilot took us up in the plane, I have to say it was a lot smoother than I expected. We circled for...More

3  Thank MrandMrsAckworth
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Heading towards Kaikoura only to find boat was fully booked .... then spotted WingsOverWhales so booked in and very glad we did. Staff were friendly and the pilot was great! Very informative and enthusiastic briefing and presentation. Nice plane, everyone gets a window seat! We...More

3  Thank Dylan M
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Having previously done whale watching from a boat and enjoyed it, I decided this time that the more unique opportunity to view whales from the air appealed to me more. I wasn't disappointed. From booking to landing, the service and experience was spot on. We...More

4  Thank aclarry25
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

I had an excellent experience with wings over whales. Excellent customer service and Anthony my pilot is very professional. A must for your kaikoura visit.

4  Thank czeno
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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