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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

Our family did both the Taiaroa tour (which includes the albatross centre / observation deck visit) and the Blue Penguin Pukekura tours. Enjoyed them both thoroughly. The centre is quite comfortable, and the tours really interesting. Would strongly recommend doing your homework and ensuring that...More

Thank Shane C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place was very cool. The first thing that hits you is the smell of birds. Their were hundreds of Seagulls, Black back gulls and some Albatross. We had a lunch stop on our “Dunedin Awesome Tours” and it was a nice meal overlooking the...More

Thank Dahl D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the 9.30 pm viewing of the little blue penguins on. Cold,windy/rainy night but it was so worth it. We waited a while and then the penguins emerged from the water and scurried up to their nest, right past us. Amazing experience.

Thank Maria V
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a little diversion on our tour interesting area didn't sea any albatross not the season I don't think but the center was very interesting, was also a outlook for the war so many reason for a visit.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did the both the Albatross and Taiaroa tours which took 90 mins. Group size was small and you got plenty of opportunity to see the nesting Albatross - there were 4 nesting on the day. We didn't see any flying as it was a...More

Thank Luxgb
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took my two young children and my Grandfather. They all really enjoyed the tour. It is free to go around the centre. The Unique tour includes the albatross and the tour around the guns. It is only $5 more to do both. The tour starts...More

Thank 422iana
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was with a group and the guided tour to see the Albatross , our guide was very informative and did a great job, Andrea I think was her name( from Brazil). Great to see DOC protecting these birds and trying ro increase the numbers. Great...More

Thank IJArchibald
Reviewed 4 days ago

We happened to be in Dunedin on a clear summer's afternoon so took a drive out to the Otago Peninsula. The road out there is windy but quite scenic. We didn't have a lot of time when we got to Taiaroa Head so we didn't...More

Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I mean- how often are you going to see albatrosses- they spend most of their time out at sea. The Royal Albatross center is a wonderful place. I was able to see 6 nesting birds fairly close up. In addition there were many that swooped...More

Thank Meredith M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The website gave us the details we needed and we booked for the 11am tour. The drive out from Dunedin took us through some stunning scenery and gave us ideas for stopping off on our return journey. The area is truly remarkable and there are...More

Thank Mary M
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour - its great to hear you saw so much including a shark! Laura and the rest of the team love sharing their knowledge and stories...More

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1 December 2017|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Hi there and thanks for the question. Mid February is continuing the hatching and guard stage, where there is an adult always with the chicks. There are also adolescent birds coming, going and displaying. Our observatory is... More
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
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