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The Royal Albatross Centre

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Address: 1260 Harington Point Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
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+64 3-478 0499
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10:15 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 10:15 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The only chance to see... the world's only mainland Royal Albatross...

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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we arrived here early morning in glorious weather.Saw lots of fur seals in the water and on the rocks as it was low tide.Thought we could walk down to the beach where the penguins... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we arrived here early morning in glorious weather.Saw lots of fur seals in the water and on the rocks as it was low tide.Thought we could walk down to the beach where the penguins come in evening time but it was far too difficult for someone with walking limitations.However we walked a little way down the slope and got amazing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent much longer than expected because as well as the tour, great information centre, cafe and gift shop there are also several viewing platforms where you can see the Seals both in the water and on the rocks and grass. Also you get to see the soaring albatrosses some more if you are lucky circling above the centre and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I never thought this would be one of my NZ highlights but it really was. We were lucky that the wind was right so we saw absolutely loads of birds flying and on the cliffs, including young ones. Yes you can see them flying for free from the cafe and the car park but not as closely, not with informative... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I came here as part of the ecotours and it was so worth the visit! It was very exciting to see albatrosses in the wild and the centre was also very informative with lots of interesting information. Centre also has a cafe and shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed out recent visit. We booked a Sundowner trip and the boat trip was a great way to see the albatross soaring over the headland plus other local wildlife before our albatross tour, meal and then watching the penguins come ashore at night. At more than 7hrs in total from pick up to drop off it was good value... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the 90 minute tour which covers both the albatross nesting area and the history of the facility when it was a fortress. Our guide was very good and the tour was interesting and informative. The Centre is very close to the Penguin Palace so you can easily visit both if desired.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This centre is well worth the drive. The centre itself is very well layer out with a gift shop, cafe, information areas. We didn't eat at the cafe but it looked very nice. The gift shop was well supplied. The information areas were easy to read and I learnt a lot. Lifelike models of the albatross were amazing (didn't realise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Having lived in Dunedin for 26 years, I had never visited the Albatross Colony until we had overseas visitors. Wow, I was blown away. These birds are magical, and the staff do everything they can to make sure we can peek into their world, without disturbing them. I loved my visit and I will be back again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a bird lover, and even if you ain't, this is a fascinating place to visit. Superb display in the visitor centre, giving loads of info re albatrosses. We were extremely lucky as there was a strong offshore wind blowing which enabled the resident birds - mostly 'teenagers' to soar into the wind and gave us a tremendous... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always bring my family and friends from overseas to visit. This time it was with my daughter and her husband. It was very very windy and the albatross were flying!The explanation talk and film beforehand, which I have heard five times, was as interesting as ever. I al;ways learn something new. The visit up into the "hide" was wonderful.... More 

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