Wings Over Whales
Whale Watching Flights
In a typical 30 minute Wings over Whales 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 Common, Hectors, Risso's and Southern Right Whale Dolphins, and Orca.
Whale Whatching Flight
Wings over Whales provides comfortable flights with experienced pilots giving an informative in-flight commentary, all at a reasonable cost.
Flying over Kaikoura Peninsula, you can see evidence of Maori fortifications (Pa sites), the township of Kaikoura and New Zealand Fur Seals relaxing on the rocks.
During favourable conditions, passengers can enjoy a spectacular flight over the 2800m high Seaward Kaikoura Ranges.
Wings Over Whales' fleet of aircraft includes a 4-seater Cessna 172 as well as an 8-seater Gippsland Aeronautics Airvan. Both aircraft have high wings and with each seatbelt being a window seat this allows for unobstructed panoramic views of the sea and mountains.
Departs hourly | Duration 30 minutes
Advance reservations are recommended but not essential. Walk-in bookings are sometimes available.
Passengers are asked to check in for their flights at least 15 minutes prior to flight departure.
Based at Kaikoura Airport, 7 minutes drive to the south of Kaikoura on SH1.
Wings Over Whales Kaikoura are pleased to offer our passengers a shuttle service between Kaikoura Township and the airport. The cost to use the shuttle is $10 per passenger one-way.
CHILD POLICY Children under three years of age may not be allocated a seat. Childeren under the age of 3 may fly free of charge if seated on a parent's lap. Only one infant per adult is permitted.
CANCELLATIONS All whale watching flights are subject to suitable weather conditions. The Operator (Wings Over Whales Kaikoura Ltd.) reserves the right to cancel any flight at any time due to inclement weather, safety concerns, maintenance requirements or any other reason. Fares paid for flights cancelled by the Operator are fully refundable or can be rescheduled to another date/time of the passengers' choosing, subject to availability, at no extra charge.
No refunds are offered on completed flights. Whale sightings cannot be guaranteed and no refunds are given on the basis of no sighting being made.
SEASON Open year round
Kaikoura i-site - 7 minutes
Christchurch - 2 hours 30 minutes
Blenheim - 1 hour 45 minutes