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Address: 96 Esplanade Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 319 6777
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Description: Get up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world - the...
Get up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world - the wandering albatross. Boat tours to visit the majestic pelagic birds of the Kaikoura coastline.
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This may seem a bit pricey to some, but if you like birds and are fascinated by albatrosses, you should consider doing this. And if you're a birder, this is a must.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Wisconsin
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this trip as we saw a large number of birds. The skipper knew the area very well and had a good understanding of the behaviour of the sea birds. A net of food was suspended from the boat which attracted birds and a shark. We also saw dolphins. Hot chocolate and ginger nut biscuits were offered as... More 

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Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This may seem a bit pricey to some, but if you like birds and are fascinated by albatrosses, you should consider doing this. And if you're a birder, this is a must.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We went on the 9 am trip with 5 others. Luckily for us the sea was pretty calm and the sun shining. The chance to get up close views of sea birds such as 3 species of albatross, giant petrel and smaller petrels and great views of Hutton's Shearwaters was unmissable. Bonus of spotted shags, fur seals, and a Mako... More 

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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

You might think this is just for bird enthusiasts. Loved the small boat trip out, and watching 40-50 birds of several different species including albatrosses, dolphins, shark, petrels, shags, shearwaters and seals. The birds are encouraged to come close to the boat by a large block of frozen fish trailed from the boat. Recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My wife and i are touring South Island and stopped in Kiakoura for a few days. We decided to try the Albatross trip. We had been advised to take the early trip out so we reported to the office at 6am - or it may have been 6.30am. We were taken to the boat. On this trip there were only... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Close encounters of gigantic birds, boat was a little too small for my liking, but great all round tour. Pretty expensive for 2.5 hours but it was a real treat.

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

If you don't like smallish boats and sharing a pitchy deck with crazy birdos, then this isn't for you. If you do like taking a single photo and having 5 species of albatross, giant petrels and a couple of Cape Petrels in it, then this is heaven. You don't have to take photos, of course, but that gives you an... More 

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cornwall
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Gigantic and magnificent birds so close, I've never been this close to a wandering albatross before, great experience. There were so many different kinds, the Royal, the southern, the northern, plus Great Petrels, I lost count and forget half the names. Names don't matter when you're so close to these beautiful wild creatures. Even got a glimpse of Dusky dolphins... More 

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Canterbury
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The trip takes you far out into the bay, stopping for seabirds and sea mammals of interest on the way. Then the engines are stopped, a bag of liver attached to the boat by a rope and the seabirds begin to gather. The tour guide was friendly, knowledgable and informative. I had hoped to see some of the larger seabirds... More 

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Summerland Point NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Plenty of Sea birds and both Royal and Wandering Albatross where seen. The first half of the trip was great and then I got sea sick .Bugger.

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