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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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We anticipated visiting the Albatross Centre in Dunedin because we had seen the birds flying along with Queen Victoria, however we arrived outside the Port of Dunedin with the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took the 90 minute tour which covers both the albatross nesting area and the history of the facility when it was a fortress. Our guide was very good and the tour was interesting and informative. The Centre is very close to the Penguin Palace so you can easily visit both if desired.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This centre is well worth the drive. The centre itself is very well layer out with a gift shop, cafe, information areas. We didn't eat at the cafe but it looked very nice. The gift shop was well supplied. The information areas were easy to read and I learnt a lot. Lifelike models of the albatross were amazing (didn't realise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having lived in Dunedin for 26 years, I had never visited the Albatross Colony until we had overseas visitors. Wow, I was blown away. These birds are magical, and the staff do everything they can to make sure we can peek into their world, without disturbing them. I loved my visit and I will be back again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are a bird lover, and even if you ain't, this is a fascinating place to visit. Superb display in the visitor centre, giving loads of info re albatrosses. We were extremely lucky as there was a strong offshore wind blowing which enabled the resident birds - mostly 'teenagers' to soar into the wind and gave us a tremendous... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I always bring my family and friends from overseas to visit. This time it was with my daughter and her husband. It was very very windy and the albatross were flying!The explanation talk and film beforehand, which I have heard five times, was as interesting as ever. I al;ways learn something new. The visit up into the "hide" was wonderful.... More 

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Palmerston, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited at 4pm and were lucky to several albatross in flight. The tour included a short video and then a visit to the viewing area. We also took the option of visiting the fort. from the fort we were actually closer to an albatross chick. A great experience

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We anticipated visiting the Albatross Centre in Dunedin because we had seen the birds flying along with Queen Victoria, however we arrived outside the Port of Dunedin with the heaviest fog cover, not being able to see further that 30M - the Port was closed to shipping. We waited outside the port for six hours before calling off a stop... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is about 45 minutes drive from the CBD of Dunedin.There is a public viewing area of the cliffs and a path to a small beach. There is pleasant building with cafe, gift shop and an information display. To see any more requires paying $55 per person for a guided tour of the fenced off headland which incorporates some defence... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went on the 5:30pm tour thinking the winds would pick up later in the day. As I waited, a guide showed me a bird gliding outside the window, a sign of a good viewing day. The short presentation was informative. Then, as we walked up the path to the view station, albatrosses buzzed over our group. Several "teenagers" were... More 

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New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to learn about and see Albertros and other wildlife around this area. There are tours you can do to go up and see the birds which you have to pay for or you can just stand outside near the car park and see them flying around. You can also see Shags, Seals and sometimes penguins... More 

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

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 and occasional glimpse of magnificent albatross – your opportunity to ensure you see albatross is... More 

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