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Wings Over Whales

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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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Wings over whales- awesome

Flew with Oscar. Just amazing. Super day and saw a Sperm whale on the surface and when he dove... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mrtroyturner
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Unexpected Experience

We were booked for Whale Watching by boat but it got cancelled due to rough sea. We were offered... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rameshlcfc
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Leicester
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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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Kaikoura Airport | 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Flew with Oscar. Just amazing. Super day and saw a Sperm whale on the surface and when he dove. Also saw dolphins and a shark. Great flying experience and tour of Kaikoura to boot! A Must do!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were booked for Whale Watching by boat but it got cancelled due to rough sea. We were offered Wings over Whales as an alternative at no extra cost. We were in the air one and half hour later. Totally Unexpected Experience. Scenery was brilliant....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This trip was outstanding! A stunning day in Kaikoura, combined with multiple dolphin pods and a blue whale sighting made for a flight I won’t forget. My pilots Ed and Jamie made sure we were well looked after, and were both very professional. The take...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thanks to Oscar we had an absolutely great experience, which we will always remember. We took the flight as a family with my little son. He felt comfortable and Oscar always checked if he is fine. This flight is a must do! The organisation is...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent service from this company, we went to the other plane flight company at the airport first and the service was very poor. Walked into Wings over Whales and it’s like anothet world in comparison. Very professional and welcoming. Got the 3 of us straight...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a totally unexpected experience, Oscar our pilot was very informative about the whales, Dusky Dolphins and the fur seals. A different way to see whales and only $20 more than the boat. Everyone gets a window seat. Not only did we get to...More

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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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