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Kaikoura - Albatross Encounter Cruise Tour

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Get up close and personal with the largest wingspan on the planet!

Highlights

  • Visit the albatross capital of the world!
  • Encounter up to twelve different species of albatross
  • See an abundance of pelagic and marine wildlife
  • Expert local guide will help you identify various species
  • A fascinating, exceptional experience for all to enjoy!

Kaikoura is known as the albatross capital of the world and is one, if not the best place to see these magnificent birds!

Blessed with an abundance of pelagic and marine wildlife, up to twelve different species of albatross can be seen along this spectacular coastline. An expert local guide will help you identify the various species and ensure you have a trip to remember!

Encounter Kaikoura is a friendly and enthusiastic business dedicated to providing our customers with exceptional experiences!

Temporary note: Our operating base is currently closed for earthquake repairs and as a result we currently aren’t able to operate a regular schedule for our Albatross Encounter Tours (we are planning to recommence a 9am departure on a daily schedule by Spring 2020). Meanwhile, we are running tours on demand and when tours are scheduled posting deals here. If you don’t see the date you are wanting get in touch and we will see what we can do!

Adult $165.00
Child $70.00

What's included

  • Return transfers to between Kaikoura i-Site and the Harbour
  • Light refreshments on board (ginger cookies & hot chocolate)
  • Expert local guide

Duration

  • Allow approx. 2.5 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Meeting location: Encounter Kaikoura at 96 Esplanade

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Check in: To confirm your check in time for your trip please call our virtual office on the day prior, and then again on the trip day: 0800 733 365

    There are also blankets on board should these be required in the colder months.

  • Child Age is 3 - 14 years. Sea conditions on the day need to be ideal for children to participate on this tour. The skipper reserves the right to increase the age limit if they believe the conditions warrant this decision.

    Please note our tours operate in the open ocean and we are subject to sea conditions and weather on the day of the tour. All tours are also subject to minimum numbers to operate.

    Our vessel has ample seating, a spacious viewing platform and an emergency on board toilet (full facilities are available at the harbour).

Available Bookings from 14 Aug to 20 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$131.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$70.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$70.00

  • Adult$131.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$70.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$70.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$70.00

  • Adult$131.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$70.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.9

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bevc from New Zealand wrote on 15 May 2022

Truly amazing!

Wow, what a trip. This is one of the best trips I have ever done, and I've done lots all around the world. Tracy, our guide was very knowledgeable about all the birds we saw. We saw so many close up; 3 different types of Albatross, Petrels, Terns, Shearwaters, Shags, Gulls and even a little Blue Penguin. As an added bonus, we saw a large pod of Dusky dolphins on our way back. I'm still smiling now, and it's 3 days later!

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Wow Bev! Thank you! Great to read your feedback and to hear you had such a magic tour with us :-)

Sarah from New Zealand wrote on 12 April 2022

A great way to spend a morning!

The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. Gary, our guide, was very knowledgeable and made sure we got to see a variety of wildlife. We saw 3 species of Albatross, several species of Petrel and 2 species of dolphins. They all came right up to our boat so we were able to see them very well and got some great pictures. We highly recommend!

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Thanks for taking the time to post a review Sarah and we are delighted you had such a great tour! We appreciate you joining us aboard and hope to see you again sometime :-)

Susan Koster from New Zealand wrote on 25 January 2022

Kaikoura Albatross Tour

We really enjoyed this tour. The boat ride was fun. We saw several species of albatross up close. The boat captain was very knowledgeable.

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Thanks for taking the time to post a review Susan - we are so glad you enjoyed your time aboard with us!

Michelle from New Zealand wrote on 28 April 2021

Amazing... Gary has fantastic knowledge

Fantastic day out

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Thanks Michelle! Gary is a bit of an oracle :-) we are so lucky to have him! Glad you enjoyed your time aboard! :-)

Stephanie Hadaway from New Zealand wrote on 08 April 2021

A once in a lifetime experience

Well worth the money plus an experience you will never forget. We were so close we could almost touch the albatrosses Tracy an excellent tour guide and skipper we got to see the dolphins swimming and the seals plus other bird life

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Thanks for taking the time to post your review Stephanie. So glad you enjoyed the experience - the albatross are amazing aren't they?! Great you got to see lots of other things too :-)

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