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Full-Day Albatross Tour in Kaikoura

By Canterbury Leisure Tours
Price was undefined, price is now NZ$315
Free cancellation available
11h 10m
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Selective hotel pickup
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Highlights

  • Seeing albatross, petrels, shags, terns & other seabirds

  • On-shore exploration of a resident wild fur seal colony

  • Photography opportunities of birds, seals & other wildlife

  • Bird identification & commentary from local wildlife expert

  • Modern power boat with partially enclosed cabin

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour viewing albatross and other seabirds

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transport to and from your Christchurch hotel

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's excluded

    Lunch

Cleaning and safety practices

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  • Contactless tickets
  • Vehicles and venues disinfected
  • Social distancing

Know Before You Book

  • At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Christchurch hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.

What you can expect

On a motor boat off the lush coast of Kaikoura, massive albatross with snow-white bellies and charcoal-grey backs land in the water just feet from your boat. Before long, they’re joined by petrels, shearwaters, shags and terns, arriving at your bird-watching tour with a friendly squawk.

Your day starts before you even hit the water. Enjoy picturesque views of pastoral landscapes and rolling green hills as you travel by bus from Christchurch to Kaikoura. On your way to the marina, take advantage of photo opportunities at the craggy shores where resident fur seals make their home. After you’ve snapped a few pictures, climb back on your bus to the sounds of seals barking goodbye.

Arriving at the marina, a rugged boat with a semi-enclosed cabin picks you up and whisks you to the most diverse local bird-watching habitats. As your boat slows to a stop, watch as the distant shapes of seabirds take flight and approach your vessel, landing with a rush of wings and a splash of seawater. The on-board crew ensures that you get the closest views possible, tossing irresistible bait to the hungry beaks of your new visitors.

Snap photographs of massive albatross primping their feathers and blue-grey petrels bobbing in the waves as local wildlife experts share information and help you identify each bird that pays you a visit.

When the memory card on your camera is nearly full, head back to shore and look over your pictures before you catch your ride back to Christchurch.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Individually wrapped food options available

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Location

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Activity Location

  • Kaikoura

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Christchurch (Hotel / Motel Pickups)
  • Christchurch Canterbury