Home to the largest number of seabird species per area than anywhere else in New Zealand, Kaikoura isn’t only about whale watching. You’ll come within close proximity of the southern royal albatross on this day trip from Christchurch.
Start your Albatross Encounter with hotel pickup, then relax during the 2.5-hour drive north to the Kaikoura Peninsula. On arrival, you have free time to explore Kaikoura or purchase an early lunch (own expense) before you’re transferred to your boat.
Cruise away from the Kaikoura coastline in search of the mighty albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds. With the help of nature guides on board, you’re also likely to spot an array of seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls.
Enjoy great photo ops and visit a New Zealand fur seal colony where you can view the basking mammals at close quarters. Your full-day tour ends with return transport to your Christchurch hotel.