Ranking Score Explained

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The ranking score percentage is used to compare and sort experiences in ranking tables. It is not necessarily a direct measurement of the quality of a particular experience as rated by its customers. I've found it a useful tool to allow me to find the best experiences with confidence. But I've also found it important to read the customer reviews before making any final judgements!

We calculate an experience's ranking score using a multi-factor data model instead of a raw data average (mean). This model takes into account several important questions. For instance - is there a trusted body of reviews? What is the age of a review and is the review from a credible source?

Below you'll find details around some of the important factors that went into calculating the ranking score for Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura.

If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at info@rankers.co.nz. We don't believe this is perfect or complete so we're always interested in ways we might make improvements.

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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura

Valid Reviews

254 Valid Reviews

The Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura experience has a total of 256 reviews. There are 254 valid reviews that are included when calculating the ranking score and 2 invalid reviews that are excluded from the calculation. Reviews can be excluded only when a reviewer is not verified or after an investigation by our team determines the reviewer is not genuine.

Below is the distribution of ratings for the 254 valid reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 135
53%
9/10 74
29%
8/10 31
12%
7/10 13
5%
6/10 1
0%
5/10 0
0%
4/10 0
0%
3/10 0
0%
2/10 0
0%
1/10 0
0%

92.95% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura valid reviews is 92.95% and is based on 254 valid reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here as a comparison to the weighted average.

Face-to-Face Reviews

210 Face-to-Face Reviews

The Rankers team meets with travellers while they’re in New Zealand and conducts face-to-face surveys. These reviews, in our opinion, are the most trusted in the industry and represent a critical control sample. To our knowledge, we are the only travel review website in the world that has gone to this extent.

More about face-to-face reviews

Within the 254 valid reviews, the experience has 210 face-to-face reviews collected during interviews by our team.

Below is the distribution of ratings for the 210 face-to-face reviews:

Rating Count Percentage
10/10 104
50%
9/10 66
31%
8/10 30
14%
7/10 10
5%
6/10 0
0%
5/10 0
0%
4/10 0
0%
3/10 0
0%
2/10 0
0%
1/10 0
0%

92.57% Average

The raw data average (mean) for all the Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura face-to-face reviews is 92.57% and is based on 210 face-to-face reviews. This value is not used to calculate the ranking score and it only provided here for comparison purposes.

Weighted Average

94.18%

Rankers calculates a weighted mean as a base average on which we can improve. Individual review's ratings are given a weight based on several factors. The weight of a review determines the overall impact it'll have on the final weighted average.

Recent reviews have more weight as they are more relevant and reflect the experience as it currently operates. Over time reviews become less relevant and loose their impact on the ranking score.

Low rating reviews carry slightly less weight. This dampens the effect of very low ratings for every experience across the board. This is especially important when the experience has few reviews overall and a single negative rating can grossly mischaracterise an experience. Consistent poor reviews will still result in the experience receiving a comparitively low ranking score.

Credible sources provide reviews that can be trusted. If we have verified a reviewer is genuine via a face-to-face meeting then the review carries additional weight.

Reviewer Rating Age Face-to-Face Weight Relative Weight
Michael Holm 9/10 1057 days true 5.23 100%
Stefan Zink 10/10 1309 days true 4.58 88%
Fentrup 9/10 1315 days true 4.57 87%
Katharina Koch 10/10 1319 days true 4.56 87%
Aurelie and Ben Marie 9/10 1321 days true 4.56 87%
Sebastian Braun 9/10 1409 days true 4.39 84%
Joanne Woo 10/10 1427 days 4.35 83%
Chris 6/10 1458 days 3.56 68%
Olivier Reculeau 10/10 1643 days true 3.93 75%
Susanne Breudel 10/10 1648 days true 3.92 75%
Josh Legge 10/10 1656 days true 3.9 75%
Daniel Weber 9/10 1658 days true 3.9 75%
Virginia Fradin 10/10 1662 days true 3.89 74%
Olivier Anciaux 9/10 1665 days true 3.88 74%
Wendy van Boom 10/10 1665 days true 3.88 74%
Bas Hoogteijling 10/10 1668 days true 3.88 74%
Mira Huckfield 10/10 1678 days true 3.86 74%
Maike Santelmann 10/10 1690 days true 3.84 73%
Levin Stuers 10/10 1695 days true 3.83 73%
magdalena gomez haedo 9/10 1698 days 3.82 73%
Lucca Weisbender 10/10 1701 days 3.81 73%
Anna Scholten 10/10 1701 days true 3.81 73%
Nils Kissel 10/10 1711 days 3.79 73%
Madita and Lisann 10/10 1747 days true 3.72 71%
sanneke tangel 10/10 1753 days true 3.71 71%
Georgia Coleman 10/10 1753 days true 3.71 71%
Virgil Spruit 8/10 1757 days true 3.52 67%
Xue Rong Kok 7/10 1763 days 3.36 64%
Anthony Jacobs 10/10 1885 days 3.45 66%
Sofie Jebsen 10/10 2027 days true 3.18 61%
Tobias 10/10 2027 days true 3.18 61%
Annika Funk 10/10 2063 days true 3.11 59%
Dawn Mulligan 10/10 2079 days true 3.07 59%
Christophe Scieszka 10/10 2097 days 3.04 58%
Hubert 8/10 2136 days true 2.81 54%
Ondrej Stepanek 8/10 2372 days true 2.38 45%
Boneschova Jarka 10/10 2372 days true 2.5 48%
Heike Heller 10/10 2381 days true 2.48 47%
Andreas Mouteiro 9/10 2381 days true 2.48 47%
Josefin Lind 10/10 2382 days true 2.48 47%
Herman Holmgist 10/10 2382 days true 2.48 47%
Felicitas 9/10 2404 days true 2.44 47%
Antoine 8/10 2412 days true 2.3 44%
Mara K 10/10 2431 days 2.39 46%
Emilie Chanbon 10/10 2434 days true 2.38 46%
Alexis Redor 10/10 2434 days true 2.38 46%
Julia Amberger 8/10 2453 days true 2.23 43%
Annalina Drebald 8/10 2453 days true 2.23 43%
balesdent 9/10 2459 days true 2.33 45%
Alineet Gautier 10/10 2462 days true 2.32 44%
Annika Schmidt 10/10 2742 days true 1.78 34%
Patrick Stoeit 10/10 2742 days true 1.78 34%
Audrey Ripoche 9/10 2744 days true 1.77 34%
Rey Germain 9/10 2744 days true 1.77 34%
Christofer Tonn 10/10 2754 days true 1.75 34%
Ann Furlong 10/10 2762 days true 1.74 33%
Trudy Ryan 8/10 2762 days true 1.65 32%
Jill Fischer 10/10 2768 days 1.73 33%
Kim 10/10 2768 days 1.73 33%
Francois Marchar 9/10 2778 days true 1.71 33%
Jan Zimmerman 10/10 2783 days true 1.7 32%
Elvin Teo 10/10 2796 days 1.67 32%
Rob 9/10 2844 days true 1.58 30%
Andreas Garbin 10/10 2846 days true 1.57 30%
Joanna 9/10 2864 days true 1.54 29%
Mellow 10/10 2888 days 1.49 29%
whalelover88 10/10 3041 days 1.19 23%
Jos Schieveen 8/10 3112 days true 1.0 19%
Goran Backlund 9/10 3118 days true 1.04 20%
Nathan Sait 10/10 3125 days true 1.03 20%
Toby Clark 10/10 3125 days true 1.03 20%
Maxine Gilman 10/10 3128 days true 1.02 20%
Harald 9/10 3142 days true 0.99 19%
Dominik Langenegger 9/10 3144 days true 0.99 19%
Rebecca Richardson 9/10 3144 days true 0.99 19%
Andrew Powell 9/10 3144 days true 0.99 19%
Peter Field 10/10 3144 days true 0.99 19%
Eric Lombaard 8/10 3145 days true 0.94 18%
Nicholas Prakenhammar 10/10 3146 days true 0.99 19%
Peter Wall 7/10 3146 days true 0.9 17%
Verne Heath 8/10 3147 days true 0.94 18%
John O'Donnell 10/10 3148 days true 0.98 19%
Paul Fairbrass 10/10 3155 days true 0.97 19%
Frank Krivauek 10/10 3156 days true 0.97 18%
Rocco Christian 7/10 3156 days true 0.88 17%
Kurt & Noemi Buhler 7/10 3157 days true 0.88 17%
Therese 7/10 3160 days true 0.87 17%
Katie K 9/10 3171 days true 0.94 18%
CMJ 10/10 3193 days 0.89 17%
Jacqueline 10/10 3224 days 0.83 16%
Marc & Pauline 9/10 3230 days true 0.82 16%
Kevin & Chris 9/10 3231 days true 0.82 16%
Robin & Sandra Dijke 9/10 3233 days true 0.82 16%
Laura McCusker 8/10 3240 days true 0.76 15%
Dexter 10/10 3438 days 0.41 8%
Jasmin Loeffler 10/10 3444 days true 0.4 8%
Natascha Rachel 10/10 3444 days true 0.4 8%
Res Kormann 10/10 3457 days true 0.38 7%
Sarah James 10/10 3467 days true 0.36 7%
Nick Taylor 10/10 3467 days true 0.36 7%
Nicola Young 10/10 3467 days true 0.36 7%
Stefan Elsenbruch 9/10 3472 days true 0.35 7%
Stefanie 7/10 3482 days true 0.3 6%
Koen Vanlede 10/10 3485 days true 0.32 6%
Van Vliet 8/10 3486 days true 0.3 6%
Vanessa Vogel 10/10 3489 days true 0.32 6%
Marcel Camsch 9/10 3491 days true 0.31 6%
Keely & Mark Haynes 10/10 3492 days true 0.31 6%
Svea Sauter 10/10 3492 days true 0.31 6%
henriket 10/10 3493 days true 0.31 6%
Amanda Wells 10/10 3493 days true 0.31 6%
K & J Overton 9/10 3493 days true 0.31 6%
Jerry & Floon 9/10 3497 days true 0.3 6%
Bartl 10/10 3497 days true 0.3 6%
travellingfamilyof6 10/10 3499 days 0.3 6%
WeddingMaven 10/10 3499 days 0.3 6%
Lieve Verdonck 8/10 3500 days true 0.28 5%
Victoria Purver 8/10 3502 days true 0.28 5%
Thelia Beament 9/10 3502 days true 0.29 6%
Edwards 9/10 3506 days true 0.28 5%
Mark Irwin 9/10 3510 days true 0.27 5%
Agnes McMillan 10/10 3511 days true 0.27 5%
Leslie 9/10 3511 days true 0.27 5%
Selina Mueller 10/10 3513 days true 0.27 5%
Jill Dean 10/10 3514 days true 0.27 5%
Chloe Finster 10/10 3514 days true 0.27 5%
Vanderhorst 9/10 3515 days true 0.26 5%
Judith K. 10/10 3517 days true 0.26 5%
Amanda Wallace 9/10 3517 days true 0.26 5%
Mark Aarts 10/10 3518 days true 0.26 5%
Forestal Youri 9/10 3519 days true 0.26 5%
Dave and Lin Mungham 10/10 3520 days true 0.25 5%
Jane Hancock 10/10 3522 days true 0.25 5%
Stephi 10/10 3527 days 0.24 5%
Amanda 10/10 3527 days 0.24 5%
Mick Doherty 9/10 3558 days 0.18 3%
hendrik king 7/10 3558 days 0.16 3%
Shoe 10/10 3589 days 0.12 2%
marcvergroesen 9/10 3803 days 0.0 0%
Jenny Leyland 9/10 3803 days 0.0 0%
MarcyMark 10/10 3833 days 0.0 0%
katrina Marshall 10/10 3850 days true 0.0 0%
Von 9/10 3864 days 0.0 0%
Judith 8/10 3870 days true 0.0 0%
Doris Resch 10/10 3870 days true 0.0 0%
Sheila Morgan 10/10 3873 days true 0.0 0%
Maria Newton 9/10 3874 days true 0.0 0%
Faller 10/10 3887 days true 0.0 0%
Wim Van Gastel 8/10 3890 days true 0.0 0%
Laura Walters 9/10 3891 days true 0.0 0%
Chance McGuire 10/10 3892 days 0.0 0%
cees juffermans 9/10 3905 days true 0.0 0%
Markus 10/10 3908 days true 0.0 0%
Grainne Ahern 10/10 3923 days 0.0 0%
sutuckey 10/10 3923 days 0.0 0%
Honeymooners 10/10 3923 days 0.0 0%
sophiep 9/10 3938 days true 0.0 0%
chuckchallenger 10/10 3954 days 0.0 0%
mdarras 9/10 3958 days true 0.0 0%
joramv 9/10 3958 days true 0.0 0%
Michelle Kraemer 10/10 3961 days true 0.0 0%
Kimberly Skyes 10/10 3961 days true 0.0 0%
Ruth Colmer 9/10 3964 days true 0.0 0%
maleta 8/10 3975 days true 0.0 0%
Simon_and_Jane_OZ 9/10 4168 days 0.0 0%
JoF 10/10 4190 days true 0.0 0%
Christian Kamm 10/10 4195 days true 0.0 0%
Michael Maddams 7/10 4196 days true 0.0 0%
Joanna Harrnon 10/10 4197 days true 0.0 0%
Sarah 8/10 4197 days true 0.0 0%
David 10/10 4198 days 0.0 0%
jjakkeren 9/10 4198 days true 0.0 0%
Alanna 10/10 4199 days true 0.0 0%
ElissaH 10/10 4200 days true 0.0 0%
Andrew Smith 9/10 4204 days true 0.0 0%
Jean 10/10 4214 days true 0.0 0%
CarinaB1 10/10 4219 days true 0.0 0%
Lindsey 9/10 4229 days 0.0 0%
Lisa 10/10 4235 days true 0.0 0%
Laura 8/10 4237 days true 0.0 0%
kiwibrit86 9/10 4240 days 0.0 0%
Visken 10/10 4242 days true 0.0 0%
Christina 10/10 4246 days true 0.0 0%
RachaelO 10/10 4248 days true 0.0 0%
Marianne 10/10 4249 days true 0.0 0%
Peppa 10/10 4249 days true 0.0 0%
Jackie 9/10 4263 days true 0.0 0%
Patrick 9/10 4263 days true 0.0 0%
Carla 8/10 4264 days true 0.0 0%
Keith 10/10 4270 days 0.0 0%
Saskia 9/10 4270 days true 0.0 0%
Patrick 10/10 4275 days true 0.0 0%
Charlie 9/10 4279 days true 0.0 0%
Ten 10/10 4279 days true 0.0 0%
Kevin Dangerfield 10/10 4288 days 0.0 0%
Graham 9/10 4302 days true 0.0 0%
David 10/10 4311 days true 0.0 0%
Eveline 10/10 4311 days true 0.0 0%
Mette 10/10 4318 days true 0.0 0%
Rowan 9/10 4343 days true 0.0 0%
Hanna 10/10 4344 days true 0.0 0%
Sally Walker 10/10 4349 days 0.0 0%
abby 10/10 4355 days true 0.0 0%
Paul 10/10 4365 days true 0.0 0%
Peter 10/10 4373 days true 0.0 0%
Anna 10/10 4395 days true 0.0 0%
Liz 9/10 4404 days true 0.0 0%
Laura 8/10 4405 days true 0.0 0%
Amy Shields 7/10 4409 days true 0.0 0%
Erin 9/10 4417 days true 0.0 0%
George Burgas 7/10 4422 days true 0.0 0%
Sharon Curly 7/10 4430 days true 0.0 0%
Peddy 8/10 4433 days 0.0 0%
Christine 9/10 4446 days true 0.0 0%
Charlie Bond 8/10 4480 days true 0.0 0%
SandyS 10/10 4533 days 0.0 0%
BexStar 10/10 4547 days 0.0 0%
Galen 9/10 4564 days true 0.0 0%
Monica Black 10/10 4564 days true 0.0 0%
Denise 10/10 4581 days true 0.0 0%
Ria 9/10 4585 days true 0.0 0%
Christian 7/10 4585 days true 0.0 0%
Wiebke 9/10 4589 days true 0.0 0%
Phil Connelly 9/10 4590 days true 0.0 0%
Amanda 9/10 4596 days true 0.0 0%
Erwin de Kleijn 9/10 4603 days true 0.0 0%
Nick 10/10 4612 days true 0.0 0%
John 9/10 4612 days true 0.0 0%
Sandra Gustafson 10/10 4640 days true 0.0 0%
Jo 10/10 4640 days true 0.0 0%
Helena 10/10 4641 days true 0.0 0%
Seldam 8/10 4646 days true 0.0 0%
Andrew Purdam 7/10 4654 days 0.0 0%
Gerber Liselotte 10/10 4672 days true 0.0 0%
Gabriela Herger 8/10 4680 days true 0.0 0%
Jane Coleman 8/10 4683 days true 0.0 0%
Wendy Williams 9/10 4690 days true 0.0 0%
Claire 8/10 4914 days true 0.0 0%
Will 9/10 4914 days true 0.0 0%
JanKovar 10/10 4916 days true 0.0 0%
Justin 10/10 4919 days true 0.0 0%
Beth 9/10 4925 days true 0.0 0%
Hanneke 9/10 4926 days true 0.0 0%
Cat 8/10 4928 days true 0.0 0%
MartinTrenker 9/10 4934 days true 0.0 0%
Janneke 10/10 4935 days true 0.0 0%
Renee 9/10 4938 days true 0.0 0%
Elke 8/10 4953 days true 0.0 0%
Malon 10/10 4954 days true 0.0 0%
Ralph 10/10 4963 days true 0.0 0%
Lucy 10/10 4963 days true 0.0 0%
Gordon 8/10 4975 days true 0.0 0%
Beate 9/10 4976 days true 0.0 0%
MartinJago 8/10 4987 days true 0.0 0%

Adjustments

Several adjustments to the weighted average are added to improve relevancy and credibility. These adjustments apply equally to all experiences that meet the criteria.

Sample Size Adjustment

No Adjustment

A reasonable number of reviews are necessary in order for the average to be credible and for an experience to take a prime position within the ranking tables. As such, experiences with only a few reviews have a moderated score. This does not mean that the experience or the reviews can't be trusted. The Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura experience has plenty of reviews and does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.

Recent Reviews Adjustment

-3.23% Adjustment

There may be an adjustment if this experience hasn't received any reviews within the last 68 days. However the Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura experience does not meet the criteria for any adjustment.

In addition, an experience's ranking score may be adjusted for each day there is no new ranking. After 1 day the adjustment comes into effect. The maximum number of days that can be adjusted for is 200 days. Due to the seasonal nature of many businesses, this adjustment is applied dynamically throughout the year.

The Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura experience has been adjusted for 200 days. Adjustments are according to the following table.

Days Adjustment
197 -3.18%
198 -3.20%
199 -3.21%
200 -3.23%
201 -3.25%
202 -3.26%
203 -3.28%

Final Ranking Score

91%

The final ranking score once adjustments and rounding has been applied. This value is cached and recalculated each day. Therefore it may not be precisely accurate based on the other values presented.

If you have any questions or comments about our ranking score calculation please get in touch at info@rankers.co.nz.