Albatross Encounter Native New Zealand Birds Kaikoura

Albatross Encounter

Albatross Encounter is all about birds and in particular albatross and a range of other seabird species found in abundance close to shore, along the Kaikoura Coast. This tour is an outstanding opportunity to see first hand the beauty of these magnificent birds and to learn about their habits and habitats, the threats to their well being and why we must take every opportunity we can, to protect them.


  • In just 2.5 hours you will see an incredibly array of albatross species and other beautiful seabirds

  • Tours daily all year round, weather permitting

  • Small group size to ensure the tour is personalised and great viewing is guaranteed

  • Expert commentary from our inspiring and knowledgable birding specialists

  • Species list and information available at the conclusion of the tour


Full Description

The Albatross Encounter tour offers an "up close view" of Kaikoura's inspiring range of seabirds and in particular, the majestic albatross. Regarded as the "albatross capital of the world", simply because of the diversity of albatross species that can be found in one compact location so close to shore; the sightings that are typically viewed on our tour will not disappoint.  In just 2.5 hours you will see an array of different species which is impressive, providing superb photography opportunities to create special memories of your tour experience.  Informative and factual comentary provided by our experienced birding specilaists is also a highlight.  Tours operate daily except Christmas day and advance bookings are recommended.   


Hot beverages and ginger cookies served on board

Species sighting list and information pack available at the end of the tour

Meeting Point

Meet at Encounter Kaikoura, 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

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NZ$ 160

per person

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All bookings require a current COVID-19 Vaccine Pass to be shown on the day (for ages 12yrs 3mths and above)

Albatross Encounter

Albatross Encounter is all about birds and in particular albatross and a range of other seabird species found in abunda...Show More
Adult: $160
Child: $70
(5 - 14 years)
Infant: $0
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 4

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