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The Royal Albatross Centre
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USD 143.80*
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Ranked #10 of 110 things to do in Dunedin
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Spotted some rare birds. It was worth the wind and waves

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

You have to have some luck on a cold a blustery summer(?) day on the Otago Peninsula. Ours was definitely in when we visited the Royal Albatross Centre. We were lucky enough to see sitting adults and not one but two youngsters performing amazing fly-pasts amply demonstrating their mastery of the air currents.

What a joy to see these magnificent birds in their natural elements. A real tribute to the hard work and ceaseless dedication of the staff of the Royal Albatross Centre

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

The actual Royal Albatross Centre has good video displays of the seals, penguins, and albatrosses which nest there. After the viewing indoors a guide takes you to the nesting areas where (if you're lucky) you'll get to see the actual birds themselves in their natual habitat. If you're not lucky there are tons of nesting seagulls, which are also very interesting.

Thank William P
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

This is a 40 dollars attraction where you watch a video and then you go and see the albatross from a cabin. If you are lucky and see them, you will love it. However, I heard from tourists something that made me very angry: In some days when conditions make the animals not to be there, once you have bought the ticket, they show you the video and then they say: "unfortunately, due to the weather conditions, today you won´t see the albatross, but we will show you where they usually land" (they don´t refund you the money). With this I want to say that it is advisable to ask the staff if the albatrosses are there today.

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jurisich, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2012

I regret other tourists may have misinformed you. From Nov to Jan you will see an albatross sitting on a nest with an egg in it. In Feb you will see an albatross sitting on a young chick; between March and Aug you will see a growing chick in the nest - with parents flying in and out to feed it. In Sept the chicks fly away (fledge). In Sept a new group of albatross return to breed and the next season begins.
At any time you may also see flying albatrosses...depending on the wind, the weather, the natural environment. We cannot control nature, but we do show you albatross!
In June when you visited there would have been large chicks in their nests, easily seen from the observatory.

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Reviewed 14 February 2012

All ages can see the royal albatross, enjoy and learn about the history of the area, view the other wild birdlife and seals. A sometimes wild place with nothing between you and Sth America but a vast expanse of Pacific Ocean

Thank Dawn W
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