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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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Dona S wrote a review Apr 2022
Porirua, New Zealand823 contributions156 helpful votes
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What a fabulous experience, even on a fairly choppy day. We were so impressed with Gary, our guide, who handled the choppy seas with great skill, and imparted lots of knowledge along the way. We had the tour all to ourselves which was a treat. Saw wandering and shy albatross, giant petrels, cape petrels, gulls, shearwaters and terns - and on the way back we came across a huge pod of common and Hectors dolphins, which was an ideal finish to a great day. Definitely on the list to do again - on a calm day!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review Dona. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your adventure with Gary and the sea birds that frequent Kaikoura and we look forward to welcoming your back again next time you visit! :-)
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judith wrote a review Jan 2022
Wellington, New Zealand25 contributions7 helpful votes
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This was a fantastic opportunity to get up close and watch more than 20 albatross and petrels (at least 5 species) feed and interact on the water. Magical. We also saw seals and dolphins. It was awesome afternoon.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 1 Feb 2022
We love spending our days like this too! Great you enjoyed the experience! Thanks for your review! :-)
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Shimoda63 wrote a review Jan 2022
Waitakere City, New Zealand39 contributions18 helpful votes
Loved our trip with Gary : it was amazing to see so many albatrosses, petrels & other birds: so graceful in their element so far from land. We were also fortunate to see so many dolphin, & also fur seals .. trip exceeded our expectations in every way! Thanks again Gary (&.. for friendly office staff also) 👍
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 1 Feb 2022
It's our absolute pleasure and great to hear you saw such a variety of species on your tour! :-)
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Gannetgirl wrote a review Sep 2021
Napier, New Zealand10 contributions
We had been wanting to do this tour for years, and we were not disappointed - had an awesome day out with Tracy and Ian, their knowledge of seabirds is immense! We saw several different species of albatross, petrels and shearwaters, and lots of dusky dolphins who enjoyed playing close to the boat. Excellent operator, easy to book and great information provided both before and after the tour. A must do experience when in stunning Kaikoura!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter
Responded 17 Oct 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. We're thrilled you enjoyed your tour experience and appreciate your recommendation :-)
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Kauri2507 wrote a review Aug 2021
Auckland, New Zealand188 contributions62 helpful votes
excellent and flexible operator. delayed our trip to see if swell reduced. went out just the 2 of us and skipper 2 metre swells. saw Albatross and petrels. very grateful for the consideration they gave us for delaying the trip to weather just for us 2. highly recommend these friendly and skilled providers.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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