Earn 1 Airpoints Dollar™ for every $100 you spend
search

Explore Bookme forChristchurch

Airpoints

Kaikoura - Albatross Encounter Cruise Tour

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 October 18 to October 24

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 18 Oct
Tue 19 Oct
Wed 20 Oct
Thu 21 Oct
Fri 22 Oct
Sat 23 Oct
Sun 24 Oct

Bookings close in 7 hours...

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$70.00

  • Adult$165.00
  • Child$70.00

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

  • Adult$145.00 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

Bookings close in 11 hours...

  • Adult$165.00
  • 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

21 reviews

Showing all 21 authenticated Bookme reviews

Michelle from New Zealand wrote on 28 April 2021

Amazing... Gary has fantastic knowledge

Fantastic day out

Share Link

From Kaikoura - Albatross Encounter Cruise Tour

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

Share Link

From Kaikoura - Albatross Encounter Cruise Tour

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 :-)

Marian from New Zealand wrote on 22 March 2021

Amazing!

Awesome seeing those big birds and hundreds of dolphins. Gary went out of his way to make it a memorable time.

Share Link

From Kaikoura - Albatross Encounter Cruise Tour

Thanks Marian so glad you enjoyed your experience! :-)

Sharlene from New Zealand wrote on 01 February 2021

Skipper was knowledgable, great cruise

My 4 year old granddaughter and myself loved the cruise. Gary was fantastic with my little one and he included her in conversations. Not only did we see Albatross but we also stumbled upon dolphins, seals and a lonely blue penguin. Gary was knowledgable in the different species of albatross, birds, dolphins, seals and penguins. Excellent day a memory I will treasure with my granddaughter :)

Share Link

From Kaikoura - Albatross Encounter Cruise Tour

Thanks for your review Sharlene. So pleased you had a great day and hopefully we have inspired a future conservationist in your granddaughter! :-)

annam23 from New Zealand wrote on 07 December 2020

Excellent wildlife encounter

Great trip, well organised and our skipper was very informative and easy going. We saw Albatross up close, fur seals, dusky dolphins and krill, plus more.

Share Link

From Kaikoura - Albatross Encounter Cruise Tour

Sounds like a great trip! Thanks for joining us aboard and glad you enjoyed your time with us! :-)

close

10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

Spaces Left

Adult

    Child

      *This option must be made together with another price type.
      close

      Qualmark Certification

      This award identifies a business with a high level of professionalism, a keen awareness of the impact it has on the environment and a commitment to a customer centric approach.

      This award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds visitor expectations. Their proactive leadership and management ensure the business’s focus on continuously improving their economic, social and environmental performance to create genuine, constantly evolving and sustainable tourism experiences.

      This award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand. It denotes exceptional customer experiences at the heart of everything the company does. This business is leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world class sustainable visitor destination.

      When you see the Qualmark logo, your activity of choice is endorsed by New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance organisation and backed by leaders in the industry. It’s your trusted guide to iconic activities and experiences that are awarded for their exceptionally high level of quality, safety and sustainability.

      Sample menu

      close
      delete

      Delete your content?

      This item will be deleted immediately. You can't undo this action.

      close
      playlist_add
      close
      question_answer