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Albatross Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Soap opera on the sea!

Fantastic intimate experience. Small boat right on the water and with just 8 of us on board it was... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2018
911Wiggy
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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Wonderful

This is a definite must do! The Albatross and Dolphin encounters are great fun! We were out for... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2018
LibbyH1
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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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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“frozen fish” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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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

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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

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Fabulous ride out to meet these magnificent birds. Skipper Gary and crew were very knowledgeable and identified the birds, characteristics, their habits..... and presented us with a checklist of what we saw as we departed. Educational and enjoyable. The sea birds were right in our...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 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
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DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Albatross Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

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! :-)

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

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

1  Thank David G
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 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

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Reviewed 25 December 2017 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
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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
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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

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Reviewed 14 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
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KiwiBrit1937
29 August 2015|
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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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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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