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Kaikoura, New Zealand: 19 reviews and 39 photos

  1st arrivals - Petrels & Gulls
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This was loads of fun. Went out in a very small boat. Out at sea the boat releases bait and the birds come from miles around - actually they are there ahead of the boat except for those that escort it from about 15 minutes after you leave shore.

The variety was marvelous. We saw 4 varieties of the Great Albatross including one lonely Northern Royal, 3 varieties of Mollymawk Albatross, 4 varieties of Petrels, at least 50 Shearwaters, Shags, Gulls too numerrous to be counted and on a small island called Barney's Rock a female Paradise duck and Reef Herons. A veritable paradise of water birds.

The Ocean Wings people provide sighting and ID books. The female captain/guide was marvelous about pointing out the rarer species and explaining behaviour patterns.

Very highly recommended!

Address: 96 Esplanade Kaikoura (Ocean Wings)
Directions: Leaves from the center of town by jeep for the wharf.
othercontact: Fax: +64 3 319 6534
Phone: +64 3 319 6777
Website: http://www.tourism.net.nz/new-zealand/attractions/nature/natural-wildlife/kaikoura/ocean-wings-albatross-encounters/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 18, 2007
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