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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

The boat is fairly small so take your sea sickness pills if you need them. You get bussed to the wharf form the centre in Kaikoura and then taken out to sea where the birds come to the boat to feed. The driver/guide knows her...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mcm04999
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second trip in one day with Encounter Kaikoura, having been out in the morning on their Swimming with Dolphins experience (highly recommend!) The albatross encounter was on a fairly small boat - although it could have seated twice our total of 6...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LynC611
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Superb morning on the water. Excellent close views of 4 albatross species, 2 petrel species, 2 shearwater species, shag, tern and 2 gull species. Tracy (our skipper) was fabulous. On the return run to the harbour a decent pod of Dusky Dolphin and a small...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank old8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Heading out from South Bay, we traveled 20 minutes or so south until we found a few birds. Having laid some bait, we soon had 5-6 albatross and a variety of other smaller seabirds squawking and fighting. After 20 minutes watching the birds at very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank diampe
Reviewed 31 December 2018

Serendipity. Whale watch cancelled, no whales. Up the road to check the booking for Albatross tomorrow. Not booked on that but we were booked on swimming with dolphins. No, done that where it was warmer. Probably no boats out tomorrow, the weather is closing in....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank readysteadyteddy
Reviewed 27 November 2018

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 26 November 2018

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 26 November 2018

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 20 November 2018 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
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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
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9 February 2015|
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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
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