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Albatross Encounter

96 Esplanade Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6777
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Ranked #5 of 32 activities in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Bangalore, India
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

An amazing trip that we booked the previous day. As we had 2 discount coupons it was a 10% less for the 2 of us. The girls at the centre are very efficient.The cafe and shop is good .You can have your breakfast before you start. Then on to a bus that takes you to a small pier where a... More

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Our wonderful trip planner said "Not sure you can see whales - I never have, not sure you can see dolphins - I have once or twice, but birds NOT A PROBLEM!" This is exactly what happened! We had a wonderful boat ride off the coast of New Zealand at Kaikoura and the birds joined us about 10 minutes out.... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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105 reviews 105 reviews
53 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

All the fixed conditions responsability of Albatross Encounter was great. The guide was professional, probably the best possible as was a scientific that work with dolphins in the area, very kindly too. The team on shore are fine, they do all to make the best possible experience, in our case they tell us that the weather was coming to change... More

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London
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Thursday 27th February: We departed Christchurch at 5.00am and it took 2.5 hours to drive north to Kaikoura through patches of fog but on an empty road. We found the Encounter Kaikoura centre and had a marvelous fried breakfast there after checking in for the albatross encounter boat trip. We had booked months in advance at http://www.albatrossencounter.co.nz/ for the 2.5... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

An amazing trip with a very knowledgeable guide named Garry. He has lots of experience and knows the birds and the area well. I went on the afternoon trip and although not a huge number of birds there were a great variety to be seen. Also managed to fit in a side trip to a seal colony as well. The... More

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MAnchester
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This trip is fantastic because you get to see these impressive birds, and other species, so closely. They are, literally, within touching distance at the rear and side of the boat. Gary, the guide and skipper, was very enthusiastic and happy to share his knowledge about the birds with us. We also saw dolphins and seals on the trip. The... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Second time. For those with serious BIF (photographing birds in flight) ambitions or those just wanting to see these beautiful birds up close this excursion is second to none. I took some 600 shots and got some excellent photographs out of my trip. Also saw Dolphins and many other sea birds. If you like wildlife this excursion is not to... More

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Due to rough seas, we switched from the Swim with Dolphins to the Albatross Encounter. Best decision we could have made. Great boat ride.....rough seas with a little rain...but fantastic. Got to see many birds..albatross, couple of dolphins, and an up close visit from a black shark. Amazing how close they come to the boat. Gary was an excellent, experienced... More

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Wirral
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

This was the second time we have done this excursion and both were equally special. The booking team were great, genuinely enthusiastic and helpful. We booked on to the 6am trip which meant we had the boat and Gary (the tour guide) to ourselves. The early start was a very different experience to last time with more birds 22 varieties... More

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Halmstad, Sweden
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

I had only 2 Days in Kaikoura and the weather was so bad (windy) that they said in the office that my tour was likely to be canceled. The did however arrange a "special" trip where the skipper went out as far as he dared and the tour hade to be shortened somewhat since a storm was on the way.... More

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