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Albatross Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Phenomenal pelagic

This is one of the best wildlife experiences I have enjoyed in a long-time. Point-blank views of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
A great trip by staff who care

We had booked a trip for the previous day but the weather wasn't good so it was cancelled... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David G
Fakenham, United Kingdom
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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
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best wildlife experiences I have enjoyed in a long-time. Point-blank views of six species of albatross, with a good mix of petrels and shearwaters as well. There was a bit of a swell, and some members of the group suffered...More

1  Thank NickchiLondon
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review and we appreciate your recommendation. Good to hear that you had such a great tour despite the swell! The wind is always good for the bird life variety! :-)

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had booked a trip for the previous day but the weather wasn't good so it was cancelled. Encounter offered us a trip at 6am the next day and, despite some dismay at the prospect of an early start from my wife, we took it....More

Thank David G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great trip today and saw lots of albatrosses, Gary the skipper knew all of them and pointed the differences out. The boat is small ish and therefore the trip will always be small scale which is nice

Thank wlubbers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great experience, even my 19 year old enjoyed it. Our boat captain was knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend this to anyone interested in viewing wildlife.

Thank Claire C
Reviewed 29 April 2017

I have been a birdwatcher and wildlife photographer of over forty years. The wildlife encounter from kaikoura is one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I hope that it can resume soon after the challenges from the most recent earthquake in the area....More

Thank Dale H
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Do both this and the dolphin encounter (if you are a comfortable snorkeler) while you are in Kaikoura, I promise you won't be disappointed. We did both in the same day due to weather constraints and loved both tours. The albatross encounter is a much...More

1  Thank mmrbluewater
Reviewed 15 February 2017

If you are a bird nerd like we are, you will absolutely love the Albatross Encounter tour. Species which are rare all around the world gathered within only a few meters from our boat. WOW! If you are not a bird nerd, you'll be entertained...More

1  Thank Robin_Laura
Reviewed 5 February 2017

After a side trip to rescue a Hutton's Shearwater running down SH1, we boarded Encounter 2 at South Bay, and sped out to the Kaioura underwater canyon, liberating the Hutton's on the way. Tracy, our skipper and guide put out a bag of chum, and...More

Thank DickL1234
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We left from South Bay that is being extensively renovated with Gary our skipper and guide for the afternoon it was amazing the birds were fantastic the wandering Albatross was really unusual, we then went near some large rocks and there 6 baby fur seals...More

1  Thank PaulSM8296JP
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Kaikoura offers a unique opportunity to get up close to pelagic birds after only a short boat trip from town. Our trip this morning (at 0600) included great views of 5 albatross species and a wide assortment of skuas, gulls, petrels and shearwaters. As a...More

Thank TwoFP
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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