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Albatross Encounter

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“sea birds”(34 reviews)
“bird watchers”(4 reviews)
Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world to see a variety of albatross close to shore! Get up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world - the wandering albatross. Scenic boat tours to visit the majestic pelagic birds that...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok you have to get up early - but wow it is well worth it. Our skipper was Gary - lovely guy and so knowledgeable. My husband a really good wildlife photographer was in heaven! Albatross and petrels mainly. Lots of them. Wow are they...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Broaden-the-mind
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the second time we did this tour with skipper Gary. Unfortunately we had to cut a bit short as the sea was extremely rough and the following tour had to be cancelled. But we were rewarded. There were lots of giant petrels, 2...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank reinhard0753
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very unhappy with so many people in safety-first whale-watch-tour, i was so lucky to get a place with albatross encounter, with four other people on a small comfortable "loud" boat, a great skipper, Gary, we came so close to birds, dolphins, sealions, sea, wind and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maggie4659
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Could not recommend this experience more highly. This is a really intimate experience compared to the more commercially geared larger tours. There was only 4 other visitors on the boat. We got up close to a number of different birds including several albatross and had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 745tashs
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed this excursion. We were lucky enough to have a small group, which meant we had plenty of space on the (quite small!) Boat. Be aware the boat is very basic-I highly recommend you visit the facilities before going on board! If you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kess100
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Trip was amazing - a day after first trip being cancelled due to weather we had a great morning trip. Saw a Northern Giant Petrol. After going out about 2 miles over the trench we saw many other Petrels, Albatrosses and Shearwaters. We then went...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed 27 April 2018

We took a morning trip to see the albatrosses, leaving at 0900 and getting back to land at about 1145. There was only 4 of us on the trip (we were warned when we booked initially that there was a minimum of 3, otherwise we...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank HoneyBadgerBex
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Came to Kaikoura for this trip and Whale Watching. Joined a small group (10) for this trip with a very knowledgeable captain. Managed to have picked a calm clear day - pot luck since we booked in advance. Saw a 5 different species of Albatross...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Brian O
Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Fantastic intimate experience. Small boat right on the water and with just 8 of us on board it was a great trip. The guide was fantastic and so knowledgebale. The fish livers attract the sea birds and the variety is amazing. Topped off by a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 911Wiggy
Reviewed 22 February 2018

This is a definite must do! The Albatross and Dolphin encounters are great fun! We were out for three hours in a small boat with a limited number of people (10) , and it was well worth the time and the money (NZ$250 for two...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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29 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
9 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