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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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A truly unforgettable experience! We were collected from Blenheim airport by the Wings Over Whales... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
emily g
via mobile

We booked this tour after the boat trips were cancelled for the day due to the recent storm and the... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
martin b
Brisbane, 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 9 August 2017 via mobile

A truly unforgettable experience! We were collected from Blenheim airport by the Wings Over Whales team in a very tidy, new plane. They had the care to organise a booster seat and child headphones for my five year old - in hot pink, no less,...More

4  Thank emily g
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We booked this tour after the boat trips were cancelled for the day due to the recent storm and the rough seas. We are glad we did as just 7 minutes after taking off we saw our first of two sperm whales. Our pilot Jesse...More

4  Thank martin b
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Me (18) and my friend (19) had a great time watching the whales from above. We saw different types of whales and a huge dolphin group. It was amazing and so much fun. The check-in was super easy and the intro before the flight was...More

5  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 July 2017

They give you a "school room" lesson on whales and other thing in the sea, then you take off and circle the most common areas for sightings. Be aware you do not always see anything as it is at natures good pleasure. We saw no...More

2  Thank pkmcallen
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Just an amazing experience, with an amazing pilot. The view is beautiful, and the flight give good feelings ! 👍

4  Thank Steven J
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

What an experience. Great value for memories I'll never forget! Totally worth it. Not one single thing I could complain about. Seeing the whales (2 types wer spotted) in full from above is a unique way of doing it indeed. I hope to return with...More

5  Thank crisdosk
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Great trip, amazing experience with a very professional and informative company. Would absolutely recommend to anyone passing through. Tanya

5  Thank Tanya D
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Great all round experience! Must do! It started with a friendly personal welcome and the Lady who checked us in referred to us by our first names always and kept us up to date. Pilot was fun and made the whole experience feel safe. Amazing...More

5  Thank h_richardson25
Reviewed 29 May 2017

12 out of 10 - Just amazing!! I've been to Kaikoura many times, and have been whale watching a couple of times. Flying above the whales was incredible, not only do you really see the whole scale of each whale, but when they are sub-surface...More

5  Thank Matt Q
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Everything about my flight and whale watch experience was absolutely perfect! I got a beautiful sunny day with no wind and I got to sit up front with the pilot which allowed me the best view! It didn't take us long to spot our first...More

5  Thank Danielle B
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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