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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The centre was undergoing renovations while we were there and at first we weren't sure even if we could go in - signage could have been improved. But once we were in we really enjoyed the informative displays. Food was good at the cafe too....More

Thank michellevoigt67
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited through Elm Wildlife Tours in March, which was a good time of year, and we learned an awful lot about the albatross (liked the way the guide explained the "teenage behavior") both in the main building, with the displays and the tour guide,...More

Thank travelmakesUrich
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour with us through Elm Wildlife Tours. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of the albatross and introducing visitors to the 'Royals of Taiaroa'....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second visit to the Royal Albatross center. We took the blue penguins tour last time round, but this time was all about the albatross. We are glad we didn't wait until October because most of this year's babies would have flown away...there...More

Thank Emily A
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for returning to see us a second time! We really appreciate your great feedback (we will pass this on to Christine your guide too) and the encouragement to others to meet...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having been told we may not see any adult birds we were treated to several sitings! And we could see 3 chicks on nests from the viewing hut. A beautiful spot and the birds are truly majestic. Staff were great . Loved it!More

Thank sallysteer
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it with our visitors! Our team takes pride in making the albatross experience an excellent excursion and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the hour tour, it was a small group and the guide was very informative and answered questions. It was a steep walk but well worth it as we saw fledgling birds and an adult in flightMore

Thank Fiona S
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week 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 - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw albatross. The chicks were about to leave and at the booking desk they were very honest and open about what we would see because of the season. It is an expensive tour but all tourist attractions in NZ seem to be $50+ and...More

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

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. There is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with 3-5 chicks on view, albatross...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Albatrosses have a cycle and what you see here depends on the time of year. We saw some chicks that are working on leaving their birthplace - the tour was interesting for the informative talk we had. Add to that the drive there is scenic....More

Thank David A
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week 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 3-5 chicks on view, albatross chicks to see and breeding adults coming and going....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got to see about 5 albatross chicks, and while we were there about 5 or 6 adult albatrosses flew to the site to feed their young, or check up on them. The chicks are just at the stage where they are starting to stretch...More

Thank WRCRHP
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. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Rotorua and had wanted to visit the centre for sometime as I often recommend my guests to visit Otago Peninsular to sight for penguins, seals and other wildlife. I was so happy to be able to visit and saw for myself what...More

Thank VIVIEN C
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Vivien. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour! We are glad you enjoyed your visit and will recommend the Royal Albatross Centre to your guests. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of the albatross and introducing visitors to the 'Royals...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was great. Both my partner and I enjoy nature, and to be able to come out and enjoy a day in this unspoiled little part of the world was great. We did the 90 minute Albatross tour, and enjoyed both the sights and...More

Thank thatkiwiguy
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 our Unique Tour! There is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with 3-6 chicks on view, albatross chicks to see and breeding adults coming and...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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