Kaikoura was made famous by resident whales and dolphins. And its best-kept secret is its incredible diversity of pelagic (ocean-going) birds.
Kaikoura is also known as one of the world’s hotspots for its marine birdlife, with up to twelve species of Albatross found at various times of the year.
The tour is a sea-based operation by boat, taking you off the spectacularly stunning Kaikoura Coast.
Kaikoura’s most impressive and unique feature is the vast range of Albatross and pelagic sea birds that can be sighted with just a 15-minute boat journey from the coast, making many normally inaccessible and elusive species to locate and view.
The Albatross Encounter Tour is an unbelievable experience. It takes you to meet and photograph the majestic Albatross as he circles the boat before they come into the land to join us.
Travel time to these pelagic birds is just 5-15 minutes from the coastline, and with a 14-passenger maximum, the tour is an intimate experience allowing very close proximity to these incredible birds.
Kaikoura has one of the most significant numbers of different types of seabirds within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastline.
We are incredibly privileged in Kaikoura to have a vast diversity of species that visit our coastline, from the Northern and Southern Albatross to a variety of Penguin, Shearwaters and Petrels. This breathtaking tour will leave you speechless.