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Encounter Kaikoura :: dolphins, seabirds,albatross, dusky dolphins, food, coffee, cafe, conferences, clothing and gifts

Encounter Kaikoura operates two of Kaikouras famous sea based activities, Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Encounter. 

Where Are We?

You will find us on the beachfront at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura with our unique cafe and retail area.

Our Activities


Watch or swim with the dusky dolphins off the stunning Kaikoura Coast. Whether you choose to view from the boat or swim in the dolphins natural environment, you will have a unique experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Visit Dolphin Encounter.


Experience the thrill of getting face to face with the albatross and many other incredible species of seabird found close to shore at Kaikoura which is now recognized as one of the worlds leading arenas for seabird watching. Dedicated tours by boat depart up to three times per day with local wildlife experts as guides. Visit Albatross Encounter.

Cafe Encounter

Relax and enjoy great coffee and mouth-watering cuisine at our onsite cafe, a must during your time in Kaikoura. Visit Cafe Encounter.


The Encounter complex offers a range of clothing and giftware focusing on New Zealand made and unique designs specific to our experiences. Those who participate in our tours are allegable for discounts on many items in our store. To purchase online from our retail area visit our online shop


Our gallery features stunning photography by Encounter photographer Dennis Buurman and a selection of artworks by local artisits.


Encounter Kaikoura also includes a conference and meeting facility for groups of up to 40 guests. Onsite catering and facilities provides for all your conferencing needs and out catering is also available. For more information visit Encounter Conferencing


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