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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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1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0499
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a privilege to see Albatrosses not only sitting on their nests but soaring in the sky. Take a look at all the plastic taken out of the stomach of one bird. Maybe next time to buy a plastic bottle of water think where it...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For our day in port, we hired a private guide and driver to spend our time in port on the Otago Peninsula to visit this Albatross Center and also Penguin Place. The Albatross center has a range of tours of varying length of time. We...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 25lo54
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Although not especially cheap to do the tour, the centre is accessible to all and the money goes to the conservation effort as it is a not for profit business. If you do the tour you get great views of the nesting royal albatross and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well organised tour Took about an hour Informative chat and 10 minute video, then 30minutes in an observation hut Saw 3nesting birds, and 2 flying plus 5spoonbills

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Z2927HZkateb
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My companion wanted to see penguins while visiting NZ (I did not even realize they were there!) we took a tour, picked up in Dunedin and driven to the Center. On the way our driver Chris, told us about the history, flora and fauna and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rob_likes_2_travel
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful drive out along the peninsula on the shore line, with great views of Dunedin. The Albatross centre is very informative with interactive learning. Apart from the tours you can see the Albatross from the walk in the carpark.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank habanachooky
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's a long trip from Dunedin but we were lucky enough to see three nesting birds, one of which had just hatched a chick. The chick remained hidden throughout, and as there was little wind, the birds stayed on the ground. The "tour" consists of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The scenery along the way is beautiful as the road winds its way around the harbour to the headland. This is the only place in the world that these birds nest on the mainland, and as they are critically endangered, well worth the time.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank X2654IDjuliek
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought a ticket to see the blue penguins at 9pm. Basically wait for the penguins to come up to shore in batches. It was super cold and the penguins weren’t really doing much. It is the only tour that allows phototaking though, ensure you have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Visitor Host at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora thank you for taking your time to write us a review, We are very sorry that the tour did not meet your expectations. The Blue Penguin tour that we offer takes people to their natural habitat to see them coming to shore. Being...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place to visit. Staff are very knowledgeable and passionate about the birds. Seeing an albatross in flight is amazing. The observatory is brillant.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Shachar B
15 January 2019|
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Response from UHCougar82 | Reviewed this property |
We recommend the evening, especially if you want to see the penguins too!
12 November 2018|
Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora The albatross certainly are there in January, the breedingcyle takes about a whole year. The first chicks to hatch will probably be mid to late January. The teenage albatross are also around and you may get the... More
19 September 2018|
Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora, its always a good time it just depends on what you want to see really. In November we expect to see albatross at the nest and we can guarantee blue penguin viewing on the tour each evening. Kind Regards, the RAC... More