Kaikoura is a very special destination for all those with an interest in nature. Encounter Kaikoura operate two different tours, enabling visitors to enjoy the local marine and bird life found in abundance along Kaikoura’s beautiful and rugged coastline. Its Dolphin Encounter tour is an opportunity to go swimming with the most acrobatic of all dolphin species , the dusky dolphins. Those who would rather stay dry have the option of watching the antics from on-board the Dolphin Encounter boat. Bookings are essential as the number of swimmers on each boat is limited, and seats fill quickly. The Albatross Encounter tour is another soughtafter experience, with many species seen in the one location. Close to the shore, this seabird hot spot is home to up to 10 different albatross species, as well as many other unique New Zealand seabirds. The on-site café is open throughout the day and where it serves breakfast, lunch and all day snacks. Round off a brilliant day with a coffee in the sun or a browse through the gift shop.