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Kaikōura is home to sperm whales year round, as well as a popular migratory and feeding route for many other species of whales and dolphins. From the air passengers can experience the true magnitude of the world’s largest mammal, the whale.
An action packed flight
After boarding one of the two small aircraft, get ready to set off on the action packed 30 minute flight. During the flight you will see the majestic sperm whale preparing for his next dive and up to 500 dusky dolphins playfully swimming.
Soaring above Seaward Kaikoura Ranges, towering over 2500 metres straight out of the Pacific Ocean, or orbiting above the multitude of marine animals including resident sperm whales, dusky dolphins, and NZ fur seals and other whale species migrating through; a truly memorable experience.
Occasional whale sightings include the southern right, humpback, fin, sei, Bryde’s, pilot, southern bottlenose and blue whales.
The smaller of the two aircraft is a 4 seater Cessna 172 and the larger is an 8 seater Gippsland GA8 Airvan. The experienced pilots provide an in-flight commentary whilst you are enjoying the panoramic views of the sea and mountains and looking out for whales.
Wings Over Whales Kaikōura operate high-winged aircraft, which allows each person their own window seat and optimal, unobstructed viewing. All whale watching flights are carried out in accordance with Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Regulations.
"We enjoyed every stop"
Thanks to Harriet at New Zealand in Depth for talking the time and effort to plan our trip to Australia and New Zealand we have enjoyed every stop and activity she suggested. Dick and Lindsey Miller