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Wings Over Whales

Address: Kaikoura Airfield, Kaikoura 8080, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)3 319 6580
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Owner description: While you are in New Zealand head for Kaikoura and go whale watching....by aeroplane! It's the best...
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Owner description: 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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Perth, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Seeing 3 massive whales, amazing views, coupled with the pilots enthusiasm in giving us the best possible experience, it was brilliant. With a pre flight information session explaining the geographical, biological and historical significance of the coastline, it really made me appreciate what i was about to see. Amazing!

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Was flown out with two other mates and got to see three big whales!! The insight and knowledge from the pilot was brilliant and the being able to see the backdrop of the mountains from the sky topped it off!! Definitely recommend to anyone going through Kaikoura!!!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Very nice experience must do at least once. Not only for whales but as a sight seeing adventure also.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

YOU MUST DO THIS!

 We are a family of 6 with kids aged 9, 7 and 4 year old twins and were originally booked to go on the boat tour. But we were told on arrival that the captain of the boat was not allowing children under 5 on the boat as the swell that day was 2.5 metres. To... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We arrived early for our flight, which turned out to be rather fortuitous! They were in radio contact with other whale watching companies so they could determine the best time to go up. We completed the 'talk' and then took off! Just when we thought we weren't going to see a whale, he surfaced! A couple of boats raced over... More 

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