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Wings Over Whales

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Experience Kaikoura's mighty Sperm Whale, playful Dusky Dolphin and majestic scenery from above! Wings Over Whales Kaikoura conduct whale watching flights, scenic mountain tours and private charter. Endorsed by Qualmark New Zealand, our professional...more
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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Me and my wife did this flight and we were lucky to see a sperm whale, chilling around at the surface of the ocean :) These are just beautiful and majestic beings, we literally had tears in our eyes. Apart from that, it was a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Frank_Funke84
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'll preface this by saying I understand this is a tour that involves wild animals and nothing is a guarantee. Having said that, when a company touts a 95% success rate and you are part of the 5% it obviously stings, especially at the price...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ascohen1118
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are very sorry you were unhappy with your experience and our policy. We strive to be incredibly upfront with all our passengers that whales are wild animals as you stated, and there is no guarantee of seeing them, and no refund at all for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks to Sam who was very nice with us, short pre-fligy briefing was very informative, and the whales were beautiful! 🤩 Scenery was absolutely gorgeous! Thanks San and all the team.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adreepr
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We're so glad you had a great trip, the whales are incredible aren't they you can never get enough of them 😍. Thank you for taking the time to review, we really appreciate it!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience, saw 2 different sorts of whales and lovely to see the Kaikoura peninsula from the air.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank suebQ998YW
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review, and so glad you enjoyed your trip! Whales and scenic views of KAikoura- doesn't get much better than that!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely fabulous experience! We managed to see Dolphin, 3 types of whales and a great views of Kaikoura. I have done whale watching many times before on boats but seeing them from the air is WAY better. For only a bit more than the cost...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank JemeelRhodes
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What an incredible trip to see THREE different whale species! Kaikoura is a hot spot for marine mammals you never know what whales and dolphins are migrating through. Viewing them from above offers an entirely new perspective and gives you incredible views of the whales,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our pilot was Jessie and he gave us a briefing on whales before we went up. We were lucky and saw dolphins and whales! It was quite rough up in the air and very hot so be prepared! We loved it though and would definitely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank lianne01527
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Lianne, we really appreciate hearing all feedback, and were so glad you enjoyed your trip! Depending on the wind direction it can be a bit bumpy, and the pilots are sure to inform you of the conditions. We'll be sure...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable experience getting into the seat of a light aircraft for the first time with whales as an added bonus on top of beautiful scenery of kaikoura. Very enthusiastic pilot who made the experience great.More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank AndrewS324
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kaikoura is pretty beautiful isn't it? Glad you enjoyed the trip and our enthusiastic pilots! They love flying over the scenery and wildlife here in our town just as much as you do. Thank you for taking the time to review your trip, we really...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had booked a helicopter whale watching experience for Boxing Day. We rang in advance as the weather was very changeable over Christmas and were pleased that they were still flying. When we arrived we were thrilled to find out that we were the only...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank johniis
SouthPacificHeli, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your review John! You flew with our sister company South Pacific Helicopters and it sounds like you had a great time. It is definitely a unique experience to be able to see the whole whale from above, you get to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The experience was amazing it was something you could never find anywhere else in the world. We saw fin whales, dusky dolphins and seals. The plane is the best way to view the whales and the small groups meant we all got the opportunity for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank marinetraveler123
Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy we could provide you with such a wonderful experience and memory of Kaikoura! Mike is a very talented and passionate pilot! Thanks so much for flying with us and we hope to see you again one day! If you have any...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our trip out over the Ocean was amazing! Mike the fantastic pilot managed to find us a pod of dolphins and 2 Sei Whales very rare to see these whale species. The young man behind the counter put us at ease about our flight and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Ambogirlsouthcant
Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for such a kind review. We are very proud of our enthusiastic and passionate staff. We are so glad you enjoyed the whole experience and how lucky to see two Sei Whales! Thanks again for joining us.

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61anujas
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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