Kaikoura is not only famous for whales and dolphins but it is also regarded as a world class location  for viewing seabirds, and in particular albatross.  Close to shore, just a short boat trip away, you will soon see an impressive array of these majestic birds.  The albatross are enormous and have the longest wingspan of any bird with the wandering albatross in particular extending to a span of up to 3 metres.  The albatross live at sea for up to 7 years before they return to their breeding grounds to find a mate and commence the breeding process themselves.  The expert skippers will introduce you to the array of albatross species by species,  and will identify what is different and factually interesting about these “ great wanderers of the Southern Ocean”.   Allow 2.5 hours for this tour.

The tours operate daily except for Christmas Day.

Outstanding photography opportunities are guaranteed.

The Backpacker Group Members Deal

Albatross Encounter offers 10% off their tours.

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Tours & Products

6.00am, 9.00am and 1.00pm – high season

9.00am and 1.00pm – low season

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Terms & Conditions

  • A valid The Backpacker Group membership card with identification must be presented to staff to claim discount.
  • Direct bookings only and may not be used in conjunction with any other discounts.
  • Advance bookings are advisable.
  • Cancellations must be advised at least 24 hours in advance of departure or cancellation fees will apply.
  • Minimum numbers of 3 passengers are required for this tour to operate.
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Urgent Coronavirus Update

Anyone that has arrived into New Zealand from Monday 16th March 1am is required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you do not do this you will be deported out of New Zealand if you are caught. If you need advice you can call the health line  0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453  Do not enter a hostel, a hospital or a doctors clinic instead call the health line if you think you have the coronavirus.  If you need somewhere to self-isolate we might be able to help you so send an email to [email protected]co.nz.  Many hostels are now checking your passports to see when you have entered the country and will report you to the police if you are not following the New Zealand requirements.