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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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Great for bird photography enthusiasts

For photographers, I recommend the 9am trip for the best lighting/visuals. My wife and I were lucky enough to have the whole tour to ourselves. Gary was very friendly and great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Cairns, Australia
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Kansas CIty, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I am an avid birdwatcher, so I quickly discovered this tour while planning our New Zealand trip. The boat tour took us to 2 spots out on the ocean, aways from shore, to look for seabirds. Gary stopped and put out a basket of food to attract the birds and in they came! I was srprised that I appeared to... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

For photographers, I recommend the 9am trip for the best lighting/visuals. My wife and I were lucky enough to have the whole tour to ourselves. Gary was very friendly and great at positioning the boat perfect for photos. He knows the birds well and everything ran smooth and perfect. We loved it. Birdwatchers CAN'T visit the South Island without doing... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

"Ok," I thought. "We'll cruise out to an island or shoreline and try to spot some birds flying around." YAWN! Wow, was I wrong. Our jet boat zoomed to several locations out to sea, cut the engines, and was immediately surrounded by sea birds of all types. Probably helped that our captain, Gary Melville, threw a mesh bag filled with... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: 96 Esplanade Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 319 6777
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura

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