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The Royal Albatross Centre

#10 of 106 things to do in Dunedin Features Animals
1260 Harington Point Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3-478 0499
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1260 Harington Point Rd | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
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+64 3-478 0499
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did the dusk penguin tour tonight and it was excellent. The access is super easy, hosts are knowledgeable and friendly with a passion for the birds. Seeing these little guys come up to roost was awesome.

Thank Peter-the-eater77
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited here just over a week ago, stunning drive to get to centre, when purchasing tickets were told viewing of chicks was 100% guaranteed however there was no guarantee of seeing adult birds as they only come in to feed the chicks every few...More

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent tour, very informative, great views! Our guide even spoke French, which was a bonus for a number of overseas tourists.

Thank Robert_NZ19
Reviewed 2 days ago

We came with a 12 year-old boy and we all enjoyed it. I had last been over 15 years ago and it has developed since then. We took the tour that includes the disappearing gun which is fascinating local history. The guide was young, but...More

Thank tipsfromatraveller
Reviewed 3 days ago

the view of the chicks in their windswept nests was great - I guess their location varies from year to year but we were able to see 4 quite well, plus the top of the head of "Webby", the 2017 webcam star. It was a...More

Thank AdrienneJ15
Reviewed 3 days ago

We came to the Royal Albatross Centre to check out the view from the peninsular and also attend the Blue Penguin spotting tour. We arrived about an hour earlier than the tour time. We walked up to the platform nearby the parking lot to check...More

Thank Tobbie888
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped here for a quick drink on Mothers Day. Very nice setting on the Otago Peninsula. The coffee could have been a bit hotter but I couldn't fault the taste! Unfortunately it was also extremely expensive.. $6 which is the most expensive coffee I've come...More

Thank Robert J
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this review

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to visit us - it is a wonderful area and we love sharing it with our visitors! Our team takes pride in making...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

I took the Blue Penguin tour about 5 years ago with my family and loved it. I passed through Dunedin a few days ago, and decided to take the tour again. I was not disappointed. I'd definitely suggest practicing taking photos without the flash before...More

Thank Kathryn Z
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this review

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Royal Albatross Center as part of the Sundowner tour package which included transfers from and to my hostel, a Monarch cruise and the penguins. The drive out to the center with Rob was so scenic and great fun with his commentary. Highly recommend...More

Thank wingsonwheels
OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this review

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 2-4 chicks on view, albatross chicks to see and parents coming and going. Our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We combined this with a trip by Elm tours to view penguins and sea lions, but would be worth a visit by itself. The huge birds were circling and landing throughout the 1 hour tour. We got excellent photos of the birds and a chick...More

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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this review

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 2-4 chicks on view, albatross chicks to see and parents coming and going. Our...More

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Terry C
Planning a visit in November, probably the 6pm tour, as we want to see the penguins as well. Couple of questions:- Are we likely to see any albatrosses at that time of year and day? Will be be able to have a meal in the cafe before seeing the penguins? Is it necessary to pre book?
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
Kai Ora T.R.A.C Is April or May generally a better time of year for viewing .I understand that weather changes are unpredictable, but are Albatross numbers much the same on these months? Aroha nui Jay
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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samille
How difficult is the walk to see the penguins? How fit would you need to be? Thanks!
14 December 2016|
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Response from OtagoPeninsulaTrust | Property representative |
Kia ora, The walk is around 100 metres down a walkway to the beach. You can be of average fitness as it is a fairly easy gradient, there are stairs to walk down and up. Hope the answer helps All the best Sophie
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