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Wings Over Whales

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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
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Amazing, must do!

My family (2 yr old and 4 month old) took a flight with Oscar today. We saw 3 sperm whales and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ARfamily2018
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London, United Kingdom
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Excellent

Our boat tour was cancelled and we were given option for air tour at the last minute. Staff and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AIWIW
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Houston, Texas
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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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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family (2 yr old and 4 month old) took a flight with Oscar today. We saw 3 sperm whales and hundreds of dolphins as well as the beautiful Kaikoura scenery all in 30 minute flight. The flight itself was fantastic and the company were...More

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Amazing! We're so glad you had such a wonderful tour! That's definitely a successful flight. Thank so you much for the wonderful review and rating, we hope to see your family again one day. - Wings Over Whales Team

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wings Over Whales far exceeded our expectations. From the time we phoned to make a booking to the end of the flight we were treated like special customers. The booking staff were friendly and accommodating. When we checked in for our flight we were warmly...More

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Lovely! We're so glad you had such a wonderful time! Oscar is a very wonderful pilot and we're so pleased he left such a memorable impression! We hope you got some awesome photos of that Sperm Whale! Don't forget to tag us if you post...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For like 100 dollars per person me and my boyfriend went with pilot Ed in the small 4 people fitting plane. You ll get an amazing view and a big change of seeing whales. This company apparently is focusing on tourist flights specifically. Our pilot...More

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

You were a couple of lucky passengers! Ed and his wife have left beautiful Kaikoura after many years of amazing piloting and running of the business. You must have been on one of Ed's last flights before he left. Lucky you, he's a stellar pilot...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went in a group of four to Wings Over Whales where we were briefed by Mike and flown by Jesse. Throughout the whole process the guys were professional, informative and had a good sense of humor. The birds-eye view was amazing and we saw...More

Thank Simon B
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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Wonderful! And you got to see an Orca as well! Jealous! So glad you had such a wonderful tour and we hope to see you again someday soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrive 20’ before the flight and the pilot decided not to explain anything about the whales and hurryed us up the plane. Really bad energy going on so we where in the 5% of the no success rate. Zero whales watched. We talked to...More

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

So sorry for the first impression left with you demarkov1, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to fly with us again and really show you what we're all about. We can never guarantee a Whale sighting as they are wild animals and every company...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trip itself was simply amazing. The views of Kaikoura were awe-inspiring and the experience was only made better by our pilot, Oscar. Oscar not only showed us a seamless takeoff AND landing but spotted and identified multiple species of dolphins and whales! The educational...More

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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Wonderful! Thanks so much for the lovely review and rating staycfayc! We're glad Oscar left such a wonderful impression, he's a great guy! Hope you tag us in any amazing photos you post online! #wingsoverwhales

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a whale watch flight today and it was great! We saw a big sperm whale for quite long, a seal and a dolphin🐳🐬. The view and weather was great🏔☀️ So thanks to our super friendly pilot Oscar:) And the briefing was very interesting...More

Thank VeronikaFischer98
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Wings0verWhales, Front Office Manager at Wings Over Whales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

You are SO welcome! IT was a beautiful day for a whale watch and a successful one at that! We're so happy you enojoyed yourself and please don't forget to tag us in any awesome photos you post online! #wingsoverwhales

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Anuja S
10 October 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
19 October 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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