Albatross Encounter

Kaikoura, world famous for whales and dolphins, also provides a wonderful opportunity for viewing an impressive array of seabirds, including the mighty albatross. The Albatross Encounter tour is regarded as the best short pelagic tour in the world.


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Kaikoura has a greater variety of seabird species within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastline. It is Kaikoura's proximity to the deep ocean canyon systems which is largely responsible for providing the abundant wildlife which has led to Kaikoura becoming a "must visit" destination.

A large array of seabirds, including albatross (up to 10 species) petrels, shearwaters, prions and much more can be found within easy reach of our shores. The Albatross Encounter enables you to get up close to the seabirds, allowing for some fantastic photo opportunities.

What sets this tour apart from other birdwatching tours by boat is the range of species sighted in a very short window of time. It is inspirational.

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Physical address

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $160.00
(14 year(s) and under)
Age restriction:
Further pricing information:
The tour requires a minimum of 3 passengers to operate. The tour requires suitable sea conditions to operate. Famils can be arranged on request and with relevant tourism industry/ media ID.
Cancellation policy:
Please advise any cancellations at least 24 hours in advance to avoid any cancellation fee.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
2.5 hours to Christchurch International Airport.
Proximity to coach terminal:
800 metres.
Proximity to town:
Kaikoura is 2.5 hours from Christchurch and 1.5 hours from Blenheim.

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Opening times

Business hours:
Tours operate at 9.00am and 1.00pm With an additional 6.00am tour in Summer. 1 November-30 April (exact additional tour dates vary due to demand).
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) YES NO
Czech NO YES
French YES YES
German YES NO
Japanese YES NO

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