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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 $130.00
Child $60.00

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

  • Pick up location: Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

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 August 04 to August 10

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6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$104.00
  • Child$60.00

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

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Elsa Frisén from Sweden wrote on 02 December 2016

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A nice day

We had a great experience! There were only me and my friend on the tour which made everything more personal and instructive thanks to out guide Gary.

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Ginny from New Zealand wrote on 06 November 2016

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Albertross tour

Very interesting. Tour guide full great info. Hector dolphins bonus. Would recommend

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Julie Rocheleau from Canada wrote on 05 September 2016

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Super Trip

Amazing staff, very knowledgeable. We saw all kind of albatross, blue penguins, fur seals and two kinds of dolphins. Wonderful day. Take gravol before hand ! We did and we're thankful !!

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Anna from United Kingdom wrote on 02 September 2016

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Spectacular trip!

We saw so much wildlife on this small-group trip. Albatross, petrels, shear waters, dolphins and seals. A fantastic morning!

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Alex Burnett from New Zealand wrote on 16 July 2016

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Albatross encounter

The overall experience was fantastic would definitely do again in a heartbeat!

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