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The Royal Albatross Centre

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1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0499
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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 Head/Pukekura is alive with wildlife species, many of them scarce nesting seabirds. Our jewel in the crown is the Northern Royal Albatross. Experience it for yourself by taking a guided tour through the Nature Reserve into the viewing Observatory. The 2012 latest Lonely Planet publication "1000 Ultimate Sights" features the Royal Albatross Centre alongside the Taj Mahal and Grand Canyon. They say of us: Here at one of New Zealand's hottest attractions the draw card is the bird life. Taiaroa Head is the site of the world's only mainland royal albatross breeding ground, where you can observe the spectacle of the albatrosses with wingspans of up to 3m coming in to land like a succession of 747s. The Royal Albatross Centre is located on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, about a 45 minute drive from Dunedin. We are operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust, a charitable trust formed in 1967 for the protection of the local natural environment. The Nature Reserve on Taiaroa Head is managed by the Department of Conservation. Taiaroa Head is also famous in New Zealand history. From a small Maori camp in the 1300s to a fortified pa where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840; from a wooden flagstaff to 1864 lighthouse to radar entrance for Otago Harbour; from an 1880s underground fortress to a large defence base in WWII. Taiaroa Head is today a Nature Reserve and an iconic wildlife attraction.
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1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were fortunate enough to have Ian as a guide. He was amazing and clearly loves his job - Thank you Ian. This is a great experience snd must see in Dunedin. Take the hidden gun tour as well. Pretty cool.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the 90 minute tour of the Albatross Centre and disappearing gun - not cheap but some of the admission price goes towards valuable research. Short video followed by a walk up to the (enclosed) observatory to see four chicks awaiting their next meal -...More

Thank Jim_bris
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager 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. There is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with adult albatross returning to existing nesting sites to feed their young chick. Our team...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We quite enjoyed the centre and the guide was very informative. We were able to view the Albatross on their nests and were lucky enough to be able to capture some on pictures as they were flying. A wonderful tour.More

Thank Jangles181
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager 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 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well run and patronised. My friends were very impressed by the albatross, the people working there and the drive down was most picturesque.More

Thank Fran C
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager 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 and encouragement to others - it is a wonderful experience including the beautiful drive out here and we love sharing it with our visitors! Thanks for supporting...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the centre while travelling the south island. 4 chicks still present and we got lucky when an adult male came in to feed one of them. Beautiful location, really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable guide and awesome birds. An absolute must!More

Thank RANDY C
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour. As you will know there is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with adult albatross returning to existing nesting sites to feed their...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sensibly & sensitively managed way to view the chicks. The chances of seeing an adult are not high once the eggs have hatched. Enjoyable.More

Thank John D
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Albatross Centre offers great information for wildlife enthusiasts and provides all information required to experience this special place. We didn't participate in a tour but only visited the place with spectacular views and I am pretty sure the wildlife encounters are amazing too. The...More

Thank BinaNZ
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your 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 with...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just to clarify, if you want to see a flying albatross, you don't really have to pay a fee to enter this place as you can see the birds flying around as well. While we were there, some of the albatrosses flew over the parking...More

Thank nomadgirl365
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Albatross Centre is full of Information about these amazing birds. Most Interesting and well worth a visit.More

Thank christine G
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 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

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are visiting Dunedin then spending time on the Otago Peninsula is a must do. The Albatross Centre is one of many wildlife attractions on the Peninsula. It is rather unique as a albatross colony on the mainland. The tours are not cheap, but...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour - benefits of our cold windy days is the chance for seeing those great adult albatross you mentioned taking advantage of the conditions and soaring...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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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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