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“Fantastic Experience”

Albatross Encounter
Ranked #8 of 27 Tours in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Leicester, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fantastic Experience”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

Did the whale encounter trip 3 years ago and wanted something different this time. This trip was fantastic. Not only saw umpteen albatross close up but also around 30 other species of sea birds, seals and dolphins. The skipper of the boat was very experienced and knowledgeable. Truly a wonderful trip and great value for money. High recommended.

Visited February 2012
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Thank SueMM186334
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DolphinEncounter, Front Office Manager at Albatross Encounter, responded to this review, March 18, 2012
Kia Ora and thank you kindly for your wonderful review of our Albatross tour. We are incredibly lucky to get such good numbers of birds here and such variety. This is mainly due to our canyon system. Safe travels and all the best, hopefully we will see you back again one day! Encounter Kaikoura crew :)
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Sydney, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“A really fabulous morning”
Reviewed March 14, 2012

We booked in advance & went out in a group of 10. The tour was very well run, the guide exceptional we were overwhelmed by the amount & variety of wildlife we saw. A great experience.

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DolphinEncounter, Front Office Manager at Albatross Encounter, responded to this review, March 15, 2012
Thank you very much for your lovely comments! We do get an abundance of wildlife here in Kaikoura and are so fortunate! I will pass your thanks onto your guide. Kinda regards, Encounter Kaikoura :)
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Carnforth
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Could not have chosen a better way to spend the afternoon”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

Our guide Gary was an excellent guide and seaman. We saw fantastic bird life as well as dolphins and seals. Best afternoon I have spent in a long time

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DolphinEncounter, Front Office Manager at Albatross Encounter, responded to this review, March 12, 2012
Kia Ora and thank you for your wonderful response. I have passed on your thanks and comments onto Gary and he sends his regards. Safe onward travels. Kind Regards, EK :-)
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Victoria, Canada
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great trip”
Reviewed March 4, 2012

Definitely worth doing. We saw 5 types of albatrosses, 3 types of petrel, shearwaters and terns, as well as dolphins, seals and a little blue penguin. You might want to take some ginger pills (available at the booking desk) before hand if you have problems with seasickness

Visited February 2012
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Thank Beth R
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DolphinEncounter, Front Office Manager at Albatross Encounter, responded to this review, March 6, 2012
Kia Ora
Thank you for your response Beth! Great to hear you saw a good variety of birds on your tour. We are very fortunate here to get such a variety of Albatross! Safe onward travels.
Encounter Kaikoura Crew :)
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Auckland
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41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“As close as you'll ever get to these amazing, huge, graceful birds”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

A splendid trip with genuine up close encounters with some of the Oceans most amazing sea birds. These birds came right close to the boat - no need for binoculars or telephoto lens on the camera! A good variety, changes every day and season, but birds are there all year around. We've done the trip 3 times now (admittedly we're bird watching fanatics) and would still do it again! On board guide knew his birds well and could easily identify them for us giving us a complete written list of birds we had seen at the end of the trip.

Visited January 2012
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DolphinEncounter, Front Office Manager at Albatross Encounter, responded to this review, January 20, 2012
Thank you for your trip review. You have given a great description of our tour! We are very proud to also have such experienced skippers and guides. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks.
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