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The Royal Albatross Centre

#10 of 110 things to do in Dunedin Features Animals
1260 Harington Point Rd | Otago Peninsula, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1260 Harington Point Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view from the end of the peninsular is stunning. There were many birds about, but it will depend on the time of the year as to when you will see albatross. We had one fly in low over our heads and it was an...More

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

There is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with 2-4 chicks on view, albatross chicks to see and breeding adults coming and going. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of the albatross and introducing visitors to the 'Royals of Taiaroa'. It...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Royal Albatross is either migrating, when it is young or mostly out at sea. So it is important to see them during breeding season or when there are chicks. We saw three chicks. They are fluffy and adorable, even when they are about the...More

Thank doris_nagel
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. There is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with 2-4 chicks on view, albatross chicks to see and breeding adults coming and going....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The efforts being taken to look after this colony of Royal Albatrosses, while still giving the public the opportunity to see them, are most impressive. While entry is not cheap, it is certainly going to a very good cause. We saw albatrosses circling before coming...More

Thank JennyD61
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. It is indeed a special and unique experience to be able to view these magnificent wild birds in their natural habitat and see the world’s...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like the fact that this is the only mainland colony of Royal Albatrosses and it is great that there is conversation of them. But the tours around are definitely not worth it. They charge you 50 NZD to show you a short movie about...More

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

Kia ora and thank you for your review. The cost of the tour contributes to the stewardship of the Albatross. In short we can not keep any conservation programmes running without any funding - though the thought is nice. The cost of the tours enables...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit to the Royal Albatross Centre rates probably as the most memorable of our school holiday road trip. Seeing the chicks and interaction with adults was great. Seeing an adult circling overhead was special but so was the education on these amazing birds. We...More

Thank Aidan R
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 in your school holidays. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of the albatross and introducing visitors to the 'Royals of Taiaroa'. It is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an interesting place to visit, we saw nesting Albatross chicks and the adults swooping off the cliffs. The cafe food and drink was nice. This centre is at the very end of the peninsula and is therefore affected by the winds blowing in...More

Thank pmgreenwood
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. Thank you for visiting us and leaving this great feedback. The weather can certainly help create the everlasting memory that our visitors are left with! Of course we would be unlikely to have...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed our visit, the guide we had gave a very informative & factual presentation. The day of our visit we got to see a lot of albatross in flight and nesting. My children loved looking through the binoculars. Highly recommend visiting.More

Thank MarcelJCross
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. Its great to hear your family enjoyed your visit with us...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the effort to see the Royal Albatross chicks. Did see several and 1 bird in flight. Great guides with excellent views of the birds.More

Thank gazzap44
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. Our team takes pride in making the albatross experience an excellent excursion and we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Isn't it great when you see that 3 metre wing span...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We learned a great deal during the educational talk before we climbed to the look out. The climb is steep but we took a break half-way. We saw 5 chicks and several parents returning to feed the chicks. Expensive but only place on mainland to...More

Thank kidsalongtraveler
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. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of the albatross and introducing visitors to the 'Royals of Taiaroa'. It is indeed a special and...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A once in a lifetime experience. Seeing penguins come in out of the water to nest was truly special. Kids loved it.More

Thank msanchez12
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. Watching Little Blue Penguins raft through the sea and emerge onto the beach is a very special experience. We are pleased to hear your family enjoyed your visit with us! There are about...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
27 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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Jay R
16 March 2017|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora Jay April and May are both great times to visit. There are 3-5 chicks on view, growing larger each day! Their parents are coming in and out to feed them. Possibly April on a windy day might be better as the... More
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