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Albatross Encounter

#8 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura Features Animals
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Wildlife close up

I have been a birdwatcher and wildlife photographer of over forty years. The wildlife encounter... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2017
Dale H
Don't miss it!

Do both this and the dolphin encounter (if you are a comfortable snorkeler) while you are in... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2017
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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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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777

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Reviewed April 29, 2017

I have been a birdwatcher and wildlife photographer of over forty years. The wildlife encounter from kaikoura is one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I hope that it can resume soon after the challenges from the most recent earthquake in the area....More

Thank Dale H
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Do both this and the dolphin encounter (if you are a comfortable snorkeler) while you are in Kaikoura, I promise you won't be disappointed. We did both in the same day due to weather constraints and loved both tours. The albatross encounter is a much...More

Thank mmrbluewater
Reviewed February 14, 2017

If you are a bird nerd like we are, you will absolutely love the Albatross Encounter tour. Species which are rare all around the world gathered within only a few meters from our boat. WOW! If you are not a bird nerd, you'll be entertained...More

Thank Robin_Laura
Reviewed February 4, 2017

After a side trip to rescue a Hutton's Shearwater running down SH1, we boarded Encounter 2 at South Bay, and sped out to the Kaioura underwater canyon, liberating the Hutton's on the way. Tracy, our skipper and guide put out a bag of chum, and...More

Thank DickL1234
Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

We left from South Bay that is being extensively renovated with Gary our skipper and guide for the afternoon it was amazing the birds were fantastic the wandering Albatross was really unusual, we then went near some large rocks and there 6 baby fur seals...More

Thank PaulSM8296JP
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Kaikoura offers a unique opportunity to get up close to pelagic birds after only a short boat trip from town. Our trip this morning (at 0600) included great views of 5 albatross species and a wide assortment of skuas, gulls, petrels and shearwaters. As a...More

Thank TwoFP
Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Knowledgeable skipper Boat loaded on trailer before launch -perfect. Lovely trip very exciting and soon seeing Royal and Wandering, then Bullers, Salvins, White Capped and Black-browed. Then Giant Petrels, Westland, a white chinned and lots of Cape Petrels. Shags were seen plus white front terns...More

Thank jill s
Reviewed November 19, 2016

We are bird enthusiasts so to see these huge birds so close was an experience we will. Never forget. But even if you just like a scenic boat trip it was great we saw hector Dolphins too and seals on the big rocks. Very well...More

Thank Elaine K
Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

I'm fortunate to be able to describe myself as a pelagic 'veteran' across four continents. Kaikoura is world famous for its sheer number of albatrosses and species diversity so close to a major landmass. Encounter Kaikoura run two different tours, one to swim with dolphins...More

1  Thank mikeedeedee
Reviewed November 12, 2016

I booked this tour because I was curious about the albatross and giant petrels, having never seen them in real life. I am not really a huge bird watcher and do not know a lot about them, and was worried it might just be me...More

Thank KaraSian
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August 28, 2015|
Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi Valerie Thank you for your enquiry. Yes absolutely subject to weather we are scheduled to run our Albatross Encounter twice daily at 9am and 1pm. Whilst we can't guarantee albatross sighting, we are very fortunate to... More
February 8, 2015|
Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
The seafood BBQ caravan is located on Fyffe Quay which is roughly a 30 minute walk from the Top 10 Holiday Park on the way to the Seal Colony (5 minute walk up from BBQ at the end of the peninsula). You should be able to... More