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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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Hours Today: 10:15 AM - 8:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our guide Janice was a delight. We saw an informational video at the start of the tour which was good, because that was almost all we saw of albatrosses that day; there was only one on the nesting grounds. Janice said that they had terrible...More

Thank Johngrimesh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful building in a stunning spot. Excellent cafe and souvenir shop. Oh and there are big big birds and other interesting things to see too!

Thank samandhenry
Reviewed 3 days ago

Whilst it is great to be in the Hide looking at these great birds the first 25 minutes being shown a film and talking about them is not really necessary I don't think as you can ask the guide questions whilst in the hide.

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful experience here and ended up staying longer than anticipated as there was actually so much to learn about the wonderful albatross. We didn't do the tour as the weather wasn't so great but we spent a lot of time indoors learning...More

Thank thewhiteduke
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On a tourworks tour we went all around the coastline to arrive here it was beautiful and lots of information was shown in the information center. Plus we seen penguins and seals and birdlife on way to here and from the platforms.

Thank Rachzpage
Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid $100 and I guess we naively expected to see Albatrosses. We did in fact see 3 chicks heads through binoculars and that is all. There is a great albatross specimen stuffed in the cinema area if you want to see a real one....More

Thank russdon3
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, The albatross guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for the limited number of visitors that are permitted by the Department of Conservation to access the colony. This includes a briefing from one of our expert guides and exclusive viewing from our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the ONLY place in the world where you can see albatross on the mainland...ie you don't have to be out at sea, or at some very remote island. For bird lovers and nature enthusiasts it is a must. September is the time for...More

Thank Chris C
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 breeding adults coming and going. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have always loved coming here since I was a child but now days am always let down by the bad coffee in the cafe. The staff are absolutely lovely but I don't think they have received proper training as the milk is always burnt...More

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

Kia ora and thank you for your review. Please accept my apologies on behalf of our team. We would really appreciate it if next time you visit us and have the same issue that you make the issue known at the time - our staff...More

Reviewed 3 weeks 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
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora and thank you for your review. The Royal Albatross are best seen from our observatory on the hill of the nature reserve, the actual breeding colony itself can be seen from this great vantage point. The carpark or café only provide a rare...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 3 weeks 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

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nysteffi
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
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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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