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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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Ranked #15 of 34 Activities in Kaikoura
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Hong Kong Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We saw two sperm whales, sea of dolphins (really a whole "sea" of dolphins!) and the topviews of Kaikoura itself was so beautiful. It is a completely new angle to view these wonderful creatures and Kaikoura!

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great trip unfortunately we saw no whales but because of this we were taken out again at no cost to us. Second trip still not whales but then we have to remember they are wild and do their own thing we cannot blame them for not showing up on time for us to see them. Great company though

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I phoned in the morning and spoke to Liam to book the flight, and added that I wanted to propose to my partner on the flight. The booking process was smooth, and he took my unusual request in his stride. On arrival, Liam was extremely helpful and friendly - he even smuggled a bottle of bubbly I'd brought into the... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Fantastic pilot and fantastic trip. Stunning views of the area and we saw 2 sperm whales with loads of dolphins displaying and playing around. A free shuttle from your accommodation as well which was fantastic!! If you suffer from motion sickness or travel sickness we would say definitely take tablets before going out as when the go round in circles... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Had an amazing flight with our pilot, Anthony. Smooth flight with great views! Even had a free pick-up from town. ;-) Spotted a male sperm whale within the first few minutes and circled it quite low to have a great view of the entire whale! A seal following the whale looked like an ant from the top. Continued the flight... More 

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Kuta, Indonesia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

When we were researching we were encouraged by the fact that whale watching kaikoura were advertising a 98% success rate and saying that any time of year was good for viewing whales, particularly the sperm whale. When we entered the office we noticed that the office was advertising a 95% success rate which I found a little frustrating... During our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

We were unfortunately part of the unlucky 5% not to see any whales (that's nature for you) but my husband, 9 year old son and I still had the most wonderful flight experience. It was a beautiful day with blue sunny skies and sparkling blue sea but unfortunately no whales or dolphins. The briefing before the flight was also really... More 

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