Albatross Encounter Tours
Kaikoura is renowned worldwide as a birding hotspot; within just a small area, you'll meet one of the greatest varieties of seabirds and pelagic birdlife you'll find anywhere!
Our tours are by boat, on a vessel designed for purpose. We only take up to 12 people on each tour, so that you can get the best possible chance to see birds up close.
It's typically just a 15-20 minute ride out to encounter the birdlife, 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 view and observe the majestic albatross and other species. 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 photography 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?
"Amazing experience close up with these awe inspiring birds"
"One of the best wildlife experiences of our lives!"
"Where else can you get this close to albatross so easily?"
"Best bird photography in NZ - fantastic trip!"
"A great trip by staff who care"
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