Kaikoura is a stunning coastal town located on the South Island of New Zealand, and home to many marine mammal residents. This is one of the only places in the world where you can find year-round populations of sperm whales, the largest toothed animal in the world. Situated along a major migratory route, we frequently see other species of whales and dolphins passing through the area including humpback whales, blue whales, killer whales, and many more. Dusky dolphins and NZ fur seals are year round residents.

Whale watching by aeroplane allows you to see the whale in its entirety, as well as get around to more area to increase the chances of seeing other types of whales. All our aircraft are  high winged which allows for unimpeded viewing and excellent photography, all with the beautiful backdrop of the towering Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges and the Kaikoura Peninsula rising straight out of the Pacific Ocean.

Come fly with us today for an incredible insight into the whale’s life, we offer small group tours with no seasickness! The trips begin at 30 minutes long so its perfect if you are just traveling through Kaikoura for the day and want to see these amazing animals.

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Wings Over Whales offers 10% off their tours.

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Whale Watching Flight – 30 minutes

The flights operate on the hour, please contact the reservations team for availability, or have a look on our website. Please allow 1 hour for the experience.

We offer a complimentary shuttle service if needed, and this must be prearranged with the reservations team.

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Terms & Conditions

  • Available for The Backpacker Group members only
  • A valid The Backpacker Group membership card with identification must be presented to staff to claim discount
  • Direct bookings only
  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts, promotions or deals
  • Wings Over Whales reserves the right to move flight and adjust flight times due to passenger numbers, weather, maintenance, or weight restrictions.

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