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Wings Over Whales

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Address: Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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A good way to see whales.

You can look at whales by boat, helicopter and plane. The boat only runs three times a day now due to the upheaval of the land under the sea which restricts the boats from getting... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Clive_C54
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Romford, United Kingdom

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Romford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

You can look at whales by boat, helicopter and plane. The boat only runs three times a day now due to the upheaval of the land under the sea which restricts the boats from getting in and out of harbour (they use to run ten to fifteen times a day). This means they are often fully booked. On the Saturday... More 

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3 Thank Clive_C54
Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The staff was very professional and polite. They welcomed us into their beautiful facility. The pilot was Jesse. Using picture slides he gave a short and interesting talk on the geology and why the whales live here and which kind of whales we might see. He was very good at picking clues to where the whales might be and flying... More 

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4 Thank Kawuneeche
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I would like to thank Wings over Whales and especially the pilot Edward who is a great pilot and thanks to him we have saw 7 sperm whale, learned a lot with him and had a lot of fun! Christine and Pierre (the icecream winner) from France

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3 Thank Pierre V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

I had a great 30 min flight with pilot Edward of 'Wings over whales', looking for whales near Kaikoura. Saw a blue whale and a sperm whale. Amazing experience!

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3 Thank Najla S
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

I got burned by the whale watch boat company as well. Thankfully Wings Over Whales offers a great and completely unusual experience. You get your own window seat and the pilot makes every effort to make sure everyone gets plenty of chances to see the whales and dolphins. The views of the Kaikoura landscape were also gorgeous. Great pilot. They... More 

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3 Thank Matthew N
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

My husband and myself booked this trip as unable to do the boat trip. I did not want to miss out on the seeing the Whales, but was dubious about flying in a light aircraft. After reading the many positive reviews for this company, we went a head with the booking. We were given a very informative talk on the... More 

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3 Thank Livebug1956
Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

A trip to kaikoura isn't complete without a trip with wings over whales. I would describe it as a once in a lifetime experience....but I know I'll be back again! It was so incredible - fantastic value for money and the whole experience from booking on the phone to stepping out of the plane at the end was flawless. When... More 

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4 Thank Anna B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great time on our flight and were lucky enough to see two spermwhales and heaps of dusky- and hectors dolphins. Before our flight we were briefed on safety as well as receiving information about whales, which was great. Our pilot Eddie truly made this flight one of the best so far! Thank you. 5 stars from Tomas,... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Having reached Kaikoura with the intention of going on a whale watching boat trip, we were surprised to find out (as a result of recent earthquakes) the waiting list for a trip was about 3-12 weeks. Only having 2 days we opted for the flight (only $30 more than the boat trip!) and we were so glad we did. We... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Our pilot was Jesse and we had 5 x persons in our plane, the trip was half an hour and we saw 2 x sperm whales up close and 3 x sperm whales in the distance plus a couple of orca's and huge pods of dolphins. It was well worth doing and an amazing experience to be able to see... More 

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