Albatross Encounter Tours
Within just a small area, you'll meet one of the greatest varieties of seabirds and pelagic birdlife you'll find anywhere in the world. Kaikoura is renowned worldwide as a birding hotspot, so the few people who get the chance to go out here really savour the experience.
Our tours are by boat, on vessels we've designed just for this purpose. We only take up to 13 people on each tour, so that you can get the best possible chance to see birds up close.
It's just a 15-minute ride out, during which you'll be treated to spectacular views of the stunning Kaikoura Coast. The whole tour is about 2.5 hours long, giving you plenty of opportunities to see the birds. We carry frozen 'chum' (fishy bits) on the boat, sourced naturally from local commercial fishers, that helps to bring the birds in close allowing very close viewing and photographing opportunities. The discarded offal from the local fishing fleet helps provides a significant portion of the seabirds diet here in Kaikoura.
On-board identification guides, knowledgeable staff and a full species list and souvenir information pack will help you identify and learn more about the birds you see on your trip.
What do others say about their encounter?
"Bestest boat experience ever."
"The highlight of our whole trip to New Zealand."
When you encounter Kaikoura albatross, you will leave transformed. Share the experience.
Photos and videos from previous tours!
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Fantastic Local Fare
Coffee and dining at our café, right on the waterfront