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The Royal Albatross Centre

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The only chance to see... the world's only mainland Royal Albatross Breeding Colony. A unique experience to access the nature reserve to see giant albatross court, mate, raise their chicks and show off their three metre wingspans. Taiaroa...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin, New Zealand
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+64 3-478 0499
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We could see 3 albatross chicks in the viewing area with our binoculars (provided). We seen maybe 8 penguins later on when they came to shore. It was nice however, there was a massive gap between these two activities which meant a bit of hanging...More

Thank James O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this learnt more here than anywhere about these birds and we got to see Albatross babies ...used Entertainment book coupon which meant half price entry .....a must when doing a roadie down lower South Island.This is a must do!More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Visitor Host at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour gives you plenty of time to engage in the conservation project and to explore the tunnels and gun placement. Quality presentation and guides.More

Thank Al R
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Visitor Host at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were luck with our timing , every month you would see something different, We went on the 5th August the chicks are losing their down, the wings are now black, and the chick are just working out how to use their wing, they are...More

Thank Still49
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Visitor Host at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour. We are very glad that you enjoy our Unique Taiaroa Tour! It is indeed a special and unique experience to be able to view these...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw a lot of albatross's yesterday. Good scenic with the boys. Good cafe and toilets. Pretty pricey but good food. All in all a good day out.More

Thank Joe H
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Visitor Host at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback - it is a wonderful experience seeing the world's biggest seabirds and albatross chicks at the world's only mainland breeding colony, and we love sharing it with...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

so pleased we did this trip to the Royal albatross Centre, the yellow eyed penguins, and the sea lions were all included in the one trip (Elm Wildlife Tours) they pick you up at the hotel and drop-off great to must do.More

Thank Bundall
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Visitor Host and Tour Guide at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots to see and do. Walk through the exhibition and see all the facts and then go to see the live penguins first hand.More

Thank harleyboyd
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Senior Visitor Host at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we were cautious about going because of the price for a family, we decided to visit anyway. WOW. Really glad we did as it was an amazing experience. We were able to see the baby albatross even though the parents didn't come in during...More

Thank Sarah B
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Senior Visitor Host at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour. There is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with adult albatross returning to existing nesting sites to feed their young chicks – we...More

Reviewed 17 July 2018

You don't necessarily need to pay to do a tour in order to see the birds. We were watching some sunbathing seals from one of the lookouts and a huge Albatross flew directly overhead. It circled back around a few times so it was a...More

Thank Louise N
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Senior Visitor Host at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it...More

Reviewed 15 July 2018

We simply couldn't part with with so much money after spending over 3 weeks seeing SO many great natural sights and sites in South Island that were either free, donation, or something like $10 each. We were lucky enough to watch the albatrosses soaring overhead...More

Thank anthony m
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Front Office Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Kia ora and thank you for your review. The Royal Albatross are best seen from our observatory on the hill of the nature reserve, the actual breeding colony itself can be seen from this great vantage point. The carpark or café only provide a rare...More

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Linda20162016
21 June 2018|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora, Thank you for your enquiry. As we are in our winter timetable our albatross tours run between 10.30am and 3pm with the Blue Penguin tour starting at 5.30pm. We do recommend booking as spaces are limited however... More
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2TSV2
3 March 2018|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora Sue, The Royal Albatross are best seen from our observatory on the hill of the nature reserve, the actual breeding colony itself can be seen from this great vantage point. The carpark or café only provide a rare and... More
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Margaret L
25 January 2018|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora, Thank you for your enquiry. On our guided tours comfortable footwear is recommended. The pathway to our observatory takes most visitors 5-6mins to complete - although a bit steep in places - this pathway is fully... More
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