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We've been sharing unforgettable albatross encounters with people from all corners of the globe since 1998


The partners in Encounter Kaikoura launched the albatross tours in 1998.

This expansion of the business focused on the prolific pelagic birdlife within easy access off Kaikoura’s magnificent coastline. With as many as 14 species of albatross on show, Kaikoura is famed as one of the albatross hotspots of the world.


The Encounter Kaikoura partners consider sustainable practices as essential to the business and in 2003 they embarked on the Green Globe accreditation system.

GREEN GLOBE 21 is a global benchmarking, certification and implementation system for sustainable travel & tourism. It is based on Agenda 21 principles for sustainable development, endorsed by 182 Heads of State at the Rio de Janeiro United Nations Earth Summit. It provides a path to sustainable travel & tourism.

Encounter Kaikoura first obtained Benchmark status in 2003 and Certification was achieved in 2004 and the following 4 years. More recently Encounter Kaikoura has focused on the Qualmark certification, achieving Qualmark Enviro Gold In 2009, which is the highest achievable level within the Qualmark accreditation system in New Zealand.

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Easy to find, and just a 2.5 hour drive north from Christchurch

Albatross Encounter is based at our Encounter Kaikoura venue, located on the beachfront at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, within easy walk of all the central township accommodation.

Kaikoura is Located on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

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