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Albatross Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Better than Advertised

The wind cancelled later sailings. I mention this to warn that the encounter is weather dependent... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2016
Oxford, United Kingdom
A great trip

We went on this trip as a second choice as the whale watching boat was out of action. We loved it... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2016
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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.
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good10%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“sea birds” (31 reviews)
“bird watchers” (6 reviews)
“frozen fish” (5 reviews)
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand

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Reviewed 16 February 2016

The wind cancelled later sailings. I mention this to warn that the encounter is weather dependent. The swell when out deep was 2 metres making uneasy motion when drifting sideways on to watch the birds. If prone to seasickness take the pills. Tracy our guide...More

Thank Chrisbeeoxford
Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

We went on this trip as a second choice as the whale watching boat was out of action. We loved it. Not much to add to the other reviews, we saw 4 types of albatross , many other seabirds , a pod of dolphins and...More

Thank PurpletreeLondon
Reviewed 8 February 2016

It's a hit and miss with what birds you might see. The Petrels are very aggressive, there are several types Albatross you might see and are awesome up close. If you do not think seeing an Albatross up close would be cool, then do not...More

Thank enizagam
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Did most of the activities in Kaikoura, but if you want to be arm's distance from an albatross, this is a definite must do activity. Birds spotted- Southern Royal, Wandering, Salvin's and Whitecapped albatross; giant and cape petrels; . Seasickness- Maybe a problem, but we...More

Thank Pradeep890
Reviewed 2 February 2016

A really calm day was a bonus and made for easier photography. An excellent and knowledgable skipper helped make it a wonderful morning - the stars were of course the birds - plus a blue shark, dusky dolphins and seals. Embarking and disembarking the boat...More

Thank Supergranbee
Reviewed 23 January 2016

Most birders or nature lover may already know about this, but if you don't and you have any interest in seeing albatross and other pelagic bird species from the Southern Hemisphere, these are the folks to go with. Their jet boats get you out to...More

Thank slobird
Reviewed 2 January 2016

There is not much to add to the other positive reviews. We agree. We went on the early morning trip and, as it was November and had snowed on the tops the previous day, we had fantastic light and views due to getting up so...More

Thank active_traveller_UK
Reviewed 1 January 2016

I suspect this tour ends up being a second choice for a lot of people after the more glamorous whales and dolphins, but it was definitely one of the best trips we did. Small boat/group, knowlegeable guide, opportunity to see numerous seabirds really close up....More

Thank Christa J
Reviewed 22 December 2015

The organisation of the trip at the visitor centre was excellent and our email booking was dealt with very efficiently by Karra. Skipper Gary explained the programme and once we started seeing the birds he pointed the different species out to us, it was amazing...More

Thank mousebirdEngland
Reviewed 13 December 2015

Wonderful to be so close to such amazing birds and so many as well as the beautiful albatross. Went out in what was called "challenging conditions" at 6am and no one was unwell - but guess if you are not used to the ocean maybe...More

Thank hbrWoking
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Questions & Answers
28 August 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
8 February 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