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“Disappointment!”
Review of Wings Over Whales

Wings Over Whales
Ranked #4 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking
Reviewed December 8, 2012

After reading such good reviews, but husband and i decided to invest a hefty amount just to see these magical creatures. Also, it was our 10th anniversary, so we thought it would be really nice. Unfortunately we did not see any whales, but we did see few pods of dolphins, but it was from so far up, that they looked really minute. Though i understand that nature is unpredictable, it was still really really disappointing. Some whale trips do offer refunds, unfortunately this is not one of them. Neither do they offer you a second opportunity at a discounted rate. Go only if you have extra cash to spare and do it primarily for the view and secondarily for the whales.

Thank Yasotha
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Our flight was about 30 minutes and it was such a great flight we go to see Sperm Whale and some Dusky Dolphins. The pilot would dip the wings so we could get some great photos and views. I really nice way to see everything from above.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

A thoroughly enjoyable experience and matches any overseas attraction we have been privileged to visit. Friendly and courteous staff and extremely professional in both piloting the aircraft as well as imparting the goods on the life of the local whales. Whilst we didn't actually see any whales it didn't detract from the overall experience. Would definitely recommend to all visitors to Kaikoura - it's a must.

Thank Southlandrover
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Even if you only have 1 day in Kaikoura - just make sure you do not miss out on going up in a comfy little aeroplane to fly right over the giant whales as they come up for air and rest.
The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable and told us all about the whales in the area.
They even came and picked us up from the isite and drove us to the airport because we didn't have a car.
On our flight we saw two sperm whales and about 200 dusky dolphins in a huge pod all jumping out of the water. The sperm whale was so big and graceful, and watching it dive down into the water and catching a glimpse of its tail upright was breath taking. Its our favourite experience of NZ yet and well worth the money! you won't be disappointed!

Thank spiderbaby83
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Such a great experience - our Pilot Nick was a great bloke, knew what he was doing, seen a massive sperm Whale and some dusky dolphins along with the beautiful Kaikoura scenery!

Thank Kellie_and_Guy
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