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Wings Over Whales

431 reviews
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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About Wings Over Whales
Experience Kaikoura's mighty Sperm Whale, playful Dusky Dolphin and majestic scenery from above! Wings Over Whales Kaikoura conduct whale watching flights, scenic mountain tours and private charter. Endorsed by Qualmark New Zealand, our professional and experienced team will ensure you have a safe and comfortable flight. Passengers have their own window seat and our high-winged aircraft will allow you to enjoy unobstructed views of Kaikoura's marine wildlife and spectacular scenery. Wings Over Whales operate two aircraft; a 4-seater Cessna 172 as well as an 8-seater Gippsland Airvan. 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 Orca, Humpback,Pilot and the rare Blue Whale.
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Whale Watching Flight
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$120.64 per adult
Overview
Come fly with Wings Over Whales for an incredible opportunity to witness the largest toothed whales in the world from above! Whale watching from the air allows you to see the entire animal, as well as giving you epic views of the scenery, and the ability to cover large areas to see even more whales and dolphins.
All our aircraft are high-winged for unimpeded viewing, and are equipped to the highest safety standards. We are the only company in Kaikoura that uses real-time tracking systems in all our aircraft.
We operate an exceptional product where every customer is treated like part of the family. Book today for an unforgettable whale watching experience!
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole thing was incredible. I've been lucky enough to see many whale species from a boat, but to see them from the air allows you to fully appreciate the scale of these massive creatures from a unique perspective, it really is something else. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Jules_jds
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your recommendation, we're so happy you enjoyed your flight! We agree it is a totally different experience to view the whales and dolphins from above, it allows you to see them from a whole new perspective.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked our whale watch through Whale Watch Kaikoura but it was cancelled due to weather. The very helpful staff offered to put us on a flight instead with Wings over Whales. We arrived on time to the facility to check in and watch the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are lucky enough to have a great relationship with the boat company here in Kaikoura, and when the seas are too rough for the boat we can still operate. It is unfortunate that you didn't see a whale, but as you say we can't...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Emily was our pilot - enormously competent, informed and friendly. A fantastic trip viewing sperm whales and the scenery. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank janielats
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your recommendation and so glad you enjoyed your flight!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So here is a math question: if a sperm whale dives looking for food for 45 min- an hour, then surfaces to breath for 10-15 min, what are the odds of you seeing during a 30 min flight? We didn’t have any luck and did...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with Wings Over Whales. It is unfortunate that you did not get to see a whale on your experience. The whales usually follow a very predictable pattern throughout the day, however since they are wild...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience with a dedicated team who was willing to provide the best service to his customers. We were lucky with the weather and could see lots of whales and dolphins. The pilot was kind and happy to share his knowledges and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank StephLamb
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Clear skies, mountains, whales, dolphins- what a day! Thank you for taking the time to review our product and we really appreciate your recommendation!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My wife, young son and I took a flight in early April when our boat trip was cancelled because of rough seas. Despite this, our flight was very enjoyable and smooth. Although we didn’t see any whales because of the sea conditions, we saw lots...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

Very professional and nice staff. Mike was our guide and pilot and we managed to see a sperm whale and hundreds of dolphins. We were really lucky with the weather! Definitely recommend.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Fouad237
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, as well as your recommendation! It is certainly impressive to see sperm whales, as well as the huge pods of dusky dolphins we get off the Kaikoura coast. So glad you enjoyed your flight!

Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

Pilot Mike is great. He makes everyone feel welcomed. He’s driving is excellent, looks after guest at both side of window so everyone can see. We saw whale as well as dolphins!

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank henryg1688
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We think Mike is great as well! We're so happy you enjoyed your flight and saw some of the locals-whales and dolphins!

Reviewed April 16, 2019 via mobile

After my whale watching boat tour was cancelled due to bad weather, I wandered past the air tours office on West End and popped in to see if they had any availability that day. They did! Everything was very well organised and easy. I was...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 8, 2019 via mobile

We had Sam as our pilot, he had good knowledge of the area. And made us feel he would try his best to find us whales to view from the plane. I would definitely recommend this tour. Great views of the mountains and sea ....More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Janis B
Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation! We are proud of our pilots, they have a passion for flying as well as the wildlife and geology of the Kaikoura area.

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61anujas
October 10, 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.
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Jobeale
October 18, 2015|
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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
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