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Address: Kaikoura Airfield, Kaikoura 8080, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)3 319 6580
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Description: While you are in New Zealand head for Kaikoura and go whale watching....by...
While you are in New Zealand head for Kaikoura and go whale watching....by aeroplane! It's the best way to view whales, dolphins and mountains while in New ZealandIn a 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 Common, Hectors, Risso's and Southern Right Whale Dolphins, and Orca.
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Wonderful view of the whales

Friendly operation in small comfortable plane. Great views of the whales and dolphins. Well worth the price .Much quicker than by boat and better observation.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Cairns, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Friendly operation in small comfortable plane. Great views of the whales and dolphins. Well worth the price .Much quicker than by boat and better observation.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

John was the pilot for the day. We booked our flight at 11u00 and we had to be there 15 minutes prior to have the explanation and safety instruction. The best thing of flying vs by boat it's only 30 minutes and almost every day it's possible to fly. The day we went the boat was cancelled due to weather.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It sounds obvious but seeing Kaikoura's sperm whales from above gives you a very different perspective from seeing them from the boat. The boat guide paints a very vivid picture of the size of a male whale but tail floukes apart you don't really see a very big percentage of it sticking out of the water. From above you can... More 

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Odessa, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We just today had a 30 minutes whale watch flight. They're very knowledgeable, know when and where the whale will be seen. So we had been the first before the boats and the helicopter arrived. The pilot did a very good job - saw much more than with the much more expensive helicopter tour 5 years ago. In addition you're... More 

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Clearwater FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Book with confidence, these guys are real professionals. It is a nature experience, so they can't guarantee you will see whales, so keep that knowledge in mind. It's a big ocean and weather can play a role. I would recommend them if you are in the area.

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The advertisement for this quotes a 95% chance of seeing a sperm whale and many other species of cetaceans, etc. We booked for the time of year most likely to see these and were a bit surprised on arriving at the airport, to hear the pilot speak about the likelihood of seeing a whale (note the singular) - if he... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Our children bought us this flight for whale watching for a Christmas present. The first day I booked unfortunately the weather was too gusty for the plane to take off safely so we returned the next day and were rewarded with the sight of a magnificent huge whale. Regrettably we were unable to spot any dolphins or other sea life... More 

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Johnstown, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We got switch to a flight to see whales since the sea was too rough and our cruise was cancelled and it was quite amazing. Our pilot found a single sperm whale and circled around him from above in both directions so that everyone on the plane got a chance to look straight down on him. It was amazing. On... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Absolutely recommend doing this if you end up on the South Island! A very informative pre-flight info sesh coupled with knowledgeable and personable pilots makes for a very enjoyable experience. Pilots flew over the whales several times to make sure we got our money's worth.

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Excellent alternative to the long and bumpy boat cruises to see the whales. All passengers get window seats and the pilot cruises around the whales once they have been spotted. We were lucky that our pilot Anthony spotted two whales. Quite amazing!

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Additional Information about Wings Over Whales

Address: Address: Kaikoura Airfield, Kaikoura 8080, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)3 319 6580
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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