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Address: Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-319 6580
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Adventure through the skies and experience the true magic of Kaikoura....

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

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Stunning flight

On our road trip around New Zealand we took a whale watching flight with 'Wings Over Whales'. A very friendly and professional outfit. We were fully briefed by our pilot... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom

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United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked our trip with wings over whales on account of their 95% success rating online. Unfortunately we must be in that 5% as we saw nothing out there and unlike other people who have reviewed them, we were not offered another chance to fly. It was very disappointing as its not a cheap activity. But it would be an... More 

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Wings0verWhales, Owner at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with Wings Over Whales. We're very sorry to hear that you were unlucky in not seeing a whale during your flight. Our pilots make every effort possible so that all of our customers can go away satisfied but the Sperm whales are wild animals living in their natural environment-they are... More 

Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our road trip around New Zealand we took a whale watching flight with 'Wings Over Whales'. A very friendly and professional outfit. We were fully briefed by our pilot, Edward, before the flight and he even made the coffee too. The flight found a sperm whale and we circled overhead for about 15 minutes. The aircraft has only six... More 

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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of your recent whale watching flight with Wings Over Whales. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your flight over the Sperm whales with Edward and we trust you had a lovely holiday in New Zealand. Best wishes More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a 2-person tour to see whales and unfortunately we didn't see any when we got out there. But instead of just saying too bad, we got the opportunity to go back in and wait a while, before we got a second go! We saw a spermwhale on our second try and it was amazing. The pilot Edward was... More 

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Thanks to the team at Wings over Whales today. I was given a fantastic flight. Anthony was a brilliant pilot with great knowledge of the local area and marine life. We had wonderful sunshine and beautiful flying conditions. Kaikoura showed off all it has to over. Don't leave kaikoura without doing this trip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The team at Wings Over Whales was professional, personable and safety conscious. On the day we were origionally scheduled for the flight, the weather was of slight concern and no flights were going out. It seemed like all of the staff were at the desk so I think we met everyone. Our flight was scheduled for the next day and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Just off the plane and I'm still amazed at the 20 foot male sperm while we saw, had a great time, pilot Edward was a good laugh and felt really comfortable with him at the helm. Would highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We booked a trip and because of the clouds they had to cancel it. They were very nice and booked us in one hour later. Clouds were gone and had an amazing flight. Because of our pilot Edward, we saw a whale just diving under. Later we saw a couple of dolphins. They don't fly out when the weather is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We just went on the most amazing flight with Wings Over Whales. This company is fantastic, very informative, educational and WOW great views of a giant sperm whale. After our whale dove we had a flight around beautiful Kaikoura snowcap ranges and coast. Edward and Aneke the owners and pilot were fabulous. We highly recommend this trip to anyone. Cheers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Very enjoyable flight and friendly team. Spent some good quality time with one of the local sperm whales. Highly recommend for all ages.

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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your flight with us! Fantastic to hear that you had a great experience. Best wishes More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Flight was rescheduled due to weather. Appreciated the focus on safety. This trip was worth it even if you don't see a whale-the peninsula is just gorgeous and by air even better! Pilot Anthony gave pre-briefing re:whales and safety. Then, board and after a few minutes of incredible views of land and sea, we saw a sperm whale. Circled so... More 

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Wings0verWhales, Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks very much for choosing to fly with Wings Over Whales and wonderful to hear that you had a lovely experience. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in New Zealand! More 

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