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Albatross Encounter

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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About Albatross Encounter
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 frequent the Kaikoura coastline.
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Janet D wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions11 helpful votes
A wonderful trip. We were grandparents with boys aged 11 and 13. A calm day and we saw lots of albatross and other bird species, dusky dolphins doing somersaults, hectors and baby seals. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 3 weeks ago
So glad you and your family enjoyed the experience :-)
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Camy wrote a review Mar 2021
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Great day out . Skipper very informative about albatross and other sea birds. Also travelled around the coast seeing seals on islands and so many dolphins - mega packs of these.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 11 Apr 2021
Sounds like a great tour! Thanks for choosing to join us aboard! :-)
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David S wrote a review Nov 2020
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It's hard to say which was the best bit of this trip. Was it the land, sea and sky vistas? The multiple species of sea bird including Royal Northern, Royal Southern, and the beautiful Salvin's Albertrosses? Was it the two species of dolphin some treating us to playful aerobatics? Was it the ease of the booking and the helpfulness if the reception staff? No, all that was flipping excellent but the best bit goes to our Captain, Guide, living bird book and general legend, Gary. Really nice bloke, incredibly knowledgeable and good at explaining to kids and experts alike. I hardly ever, EVER give 5*. But this is well deserved. A great day. One if the best wildlife tours I have ever been on (and that's going some). Cheers!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 11 Apr 2021
Loved reading your review! Gary certainly is a legend! We are so lucky to have him :-) Love that you enjoyed everything about the tour :-)
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Marie-Christine G wrote a review Oct 2020
Ruby Bay, New Zealand87 contributions9 helpful votes
Gary was totally awesome from pick up to being our captain. Very nice person and knowledgeable about the birds and marine life. Great day out and super service.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 24 Oct 2020
Thanks for your review and so glad you enjoyed your time with Gary! We often think he's as cool as the birds! ...Almost :-)
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ellen wrote a review Oct 2020
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This was a great trip. Gary our skipper was very informative. We viewed several Albatross up close as they fed on the frozen bait. We saw them flying following the boat. We also saw other birds, seals, dusky and Hector's dolphins. An amazing experience and I would highly recommend this trip. Also for families this trip works if the children are over 8.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 4 Oct 2020
Thanks for taking the time to post your review Ellen, we appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed your time aboard with us! :-)
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