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Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-319 6777
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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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Fantastic from start to finish

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Elaine K
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Derby uk
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Derby uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. .

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Thank Elaine K
Darlington
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900 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 367 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had joined Encounters on a Dolphin Trip and found out that the boat to see the Albatross the next day, that we was booked on, might not sail due to strong winds. Helpful Encounter staff found out for us that a boat was available to sail later in the day after dolphin watching. We took the opportunity. We had... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great trip and our boat captain was extremely knowledgeable regarding seabird species and sub species. Great photo opportunities and I got some great shots. Not a lot about conservation of seabirds, there was some which was informative but feel there should be more.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We weren't sure what to expect on this trip but every part of it was awesome. Very friendly helpful service from everyone and a super informative guide Gary who answered any question in a chatty informal manner but kept everyone engaged. The birds were fabulous and intriguing/ huge/ entertaining bird would arrive one after the other. To top off a... More 

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I had my first visit to Kaikoura in June this year. As I am an amateur photographer the Albatross Encounter was top of my list as a Must Do - and I definitely was not disappointed. Four of us were booked on the trip - all photographers - and Gary (the Skipper) definitely made sure that our trip had the... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

There are few accesible places in the world where, within minutes of leaving the harbour you can be so thoroughly in the realm of the most majestic of birds. As you travel out on the Albatross Encounter boat, complete with expert skipper/naturalists and baskets of chum, you are quickly joined by Northern Giant Petrels, they tail you to your first... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

My 4 year old son and I were booked on Dolphin Encounter. As it was not a busy day it wasn't able to go ahead, but rather than have us go home disappointed, they offered us this - just the two of us with the skipper! The encounter itself was superb. We really enjoyed being up close to the albatross... More 

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WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Here's a secret - while on a family vacation to New Zealand, we expressly went out of our way to drive up to Kaikoura from Christchurch before doubling back down. And we did it to satisfy my birding interests. I had two days in Kaikoura. They didn't have the minimum number to make a pelagic trip, so I booked a... More 

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