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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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Hours Today: 10:15 AM - 8:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

You will not see albatrosses flying around when they are nesting as they rarely leave the nest. Their wingspan is 3 metres which is realy what we wanted to see. Paying $50 pp for a 1 hr tour to only see them sitting on their...More

Thank traveller13Melbourne
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The only easily accessible place to see albatrosses. Amazing! Your funds ($55) go to a great cause saving this majestic bird. Very informative and professional. You see the nesting birds from a glassed viewing platform. If you are a photographer a 300 mm lens would...More

Thank jembury
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a great place! First know that your entry ticket pays for all the conservation efforts at the Royal Albatross Centre - so it's going for a great cause! What wonderful people work there. It's a once in a lifetime experience to take part in....More

Thank Susie K
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thank you so much for supporting us by taking our tours. There is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with adult albatross returning to court, mate, breed and select nesting sites....More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Worth the money and the drive to watch the blue penguins land at night. Lit viewing platform was spacious enough so everyone had a chance to watch them come in.More

Thank Barbara K
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days 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 wildlife here at Taiaroa Head - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it with our visitors!...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Went to the Albatross centre with a friend on the somewhat pricey tour, but is totally worth every cent, the views of the rolling hills and water of the otago peninsula and the delicate nesting furry baby penguins made it such a memorable experience. Had...More

Thank Mushroomtraveler023
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Watching Korora Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience. There are about 500 living at the Pukekura colony, with over 200 nesting pairs...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in November, which is egg laying and nesting time, so whilst there were birds there, they were not active. The initial film and talk was very interesting, and the views from the cliff top walk fantastic. The glassed viewing area was not as...More

Thank Karen T
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora and thank you for your review. The cost of the tour contributes to the stewardship of the Albatross. It enables the Otago Peninsula Trust, which manages the Royal Albatross Centre to continue to offer albatross experiences to the public, to offer education programmes...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Albatrosses are fabulous, and to get that close to the flying birds was just a privilege. The birds were really flying with the wind we had, and their landings seemed so awkward. This had to be one of the highlights of our NZ visit......More

Thank Grembo
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days 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 1 week ago

The Royal Albatross in flight is remarkable. The centre is okay. The most expensive tour is best. The 1 hour tour is spent in a single viewing room, which is nice but was on the wrong side for the wind the day we visited. The...More

Thank ensslen
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour - we are glad that on your visit you got to see our wonderful gliders in flight. They are spectacular aren't they! There is the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the tour and the young lady was very well informed and enthusiastic, there were two Albatross already sitting on their nests and we had the pleasure of seeing one fly past. More Albatross were expected to arrive in the coming days but with...More

Thank NorthShieldsBoy
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour. We are pleased to hear our guide exceeded your expectations and made your tour memorable. There is the chance for great viewing at the moment,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our New Zealand friends picked us up from the ship and drove us to the centre. The tour was very informative, our friends told us to take warm clothing, which we needed.More

Thank michaelbN5695YM
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are glad to accommodate Dunedin's cruise ship passengers and are pleased you chose to speed your limited time in our city here with us at the Royal Albatross Centre. Our team takes...More

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nysteffi
1 October 2017|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora, thank you for your enquiry. It depends what tour you book we sometimes have a Unique Tiki Tour that picks Visitors up from the cruise ship in the morning before dropping them back into Dunedin city about lunch time... More
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Ralphie2014
20 August 2017|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora Ralphie, October is the season for the return of the breeding birds. The breeding pairs are beginning to set up their nesting sites. As with all wildlife what you see on any given day is a complete surprise, even to... More
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Terry C
28 April 2017|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora Terry, Thank you for your enquiry. In November we are likely to see birds at the nest with egg laying due to start. We can never guarantee albatross flying at any time of the year as they are wildlife and come and... More
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