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Albatross Encounter

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Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 6777

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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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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dale H

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. Best wishes to the great team there.

Thank Dale H
Kauai, Hawaii
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 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 passive tour but we saw tons of bird and marine life and had the... More 

Thank mmrbluewater
Auckland, New Zealand
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237 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 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 by the wild show beneath your eyes and get to see wild marine bird interact... More 

Thank Robin_Laura
Kandy, Sri Lanka
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 February 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 the birds gathered round - petrels, giant and smaller, a variety of albatrosses, buller's shearwaters... More 

Thank DickL1234
Filey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 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 learning to swim in a pool set into the rock then the final icing on... More 

Thank PaulSM8296JP
Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 15 January 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 bonus we got mixed up with a big pod of dusky and common dolphins and... More 

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Gairloch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 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 Good views of dusky dolphins and NZ Fur Seals. What a super day too sun... More 

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Derby uk
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78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 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 organised Gary was so nice and very knowledgable. .

Thank Elaine K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 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 (see my five star review on Trip Adviser) and this one to see albatrosses. The... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 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 and some hardcore bird watchers on the trip! However, I really enjoyed myself and our... More 

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