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Address: 1260 Harington Point Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone Number: +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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You can learn a lot about bird life and New Zealand pluck by visiting this special spot that has contributed a lot to our knowledge of the huge and beautiful albatross and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can learn a lot about bird life and New Zealand pluck by visiting this special spot that has contributed a lot to our knowledge of the huge and beautiful albatross and the world wide oceanic web of life. The museum is free. Guided tours to see the nesting birds cost $50 for an hour. Don't miss if you are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this center as a part of our Sundowner Tour (Monarch Tours) and were happily surprised at the facility. There is a museum, a gift shop, a decent cafe, and for a bit of extra $, access to the Royal Albatross observatory that gives you and up close and personal look at nesting Royal Albatrosses. You are in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very ecological and educational. While it is not guaranteed to see many albatross there as it depends on the seasons, it is the real nature. It is much better than zoos since we can observe the natural behaviors of the animals. Very inspiring for ecological tour developers as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An impressive visitor's centre with a very nice cafe. The staff are very helpful and the tour is wonderful. There are two tours available - to see the albatrosses or to additionally tour the historic gun emplacements and see a fully installed 'disappearing gun' (which also gives additional views of albatrosses). In addition, there is an endangered species of gull... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great fun. Seeing so many wildlife such as the Albatross and the Penguins. Learnt lots of knowledge as well:> Highly recommended:>   

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very good informative center. Saw albatrosses coming and going, and nesting. When flying, it is a really impressive bird.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Learned a great deal about the Albatross, and the many species, as well as the history behind the centre. Highly recommend taking the Full Tour, (both tours for $5 more), well worth it! We had a nice and windy day which is ideal to catch the Albatross in flight. Several other rare birds nesting close by. The staff there can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We didn't do the tour but looked at all the information and viewing areas . We saw about 5 albatross circling around the green hut on the hill,2 spoonbills flying out of the rocks and from the penguin viewing area which is open during the day we saw lots of big seals then in the water channel a southern right... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even if you don't go on a tour of the albatross breeding grounds, lots of great information can be had with lots of videos and info panels in the centre. Worth a visit. Great walks around the centre as well, can be very windy.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't actually do a tour, but we looked at all of the public (free) viewing areas. Saw many seals, and spectacular views along coast. A very nice drive, but a bit close to the edge, and water, for most of the drive back.

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