Having read that Kaikoura is the albatross capital of New Zealand, if not the world, we decided to take a boat trip with Albatross Encounter. We saw five different species of albatross: Southern Royal Albatross, two species of wandering albatross (Gibson's and Antipodean) and two types of mollymawk (Salvin's and New Zealand White-capped).
|Southern Royal Albatross|
|Gibson's Wandering Albatross|
|Antipodean Wandering Albatross|
|New Zealand White-chinned Mollymawk|
Other seabirds were also plentiful in the area, including petrel.
As an extra bonus, we saw both Dusky and Hector's Dolphins while out on the water, as well as a Little Blue Penguin. All in all, it was a great trip and a definite must for anyone interested in seabirds.
|Little Blue Penguin|