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The Royal Albatross Centre

Taiaroa Head | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3 478-0499
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Ranked #16 of 42 Attractions in Dunedin
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Taiaroa Head is alive with wildlife species, many of them scarce nesting seabirds. Our jewel in the crown is the Northern Royal Albatross. Experience... more » Owner description: Taiaroa Head 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 latest Lonely Planet publication "1000 Ultimate Sights 2012" 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. « less
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Breda, The Netherlands
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The Royal Albatross Centre on the Dunedin Peninsula basically encloses the sole Royal Albatross land colony in the world. Apart from Albatrosses, the place is used by a wide variety of birds and is actually located on the site of a former naval gun battery. Both nature geeks and military enthusiasts can have a worthwhile visit here. The centre is... More

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Lansing, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

these birds are amazing and they look so happy floating on the currents around their hill. If you don't want to spend the entrance fee and have the time, just watch from across the parking lot

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We did the albatross and penguin tours The albatross tour started with an interesting and informative presentation, then the guide took us to a shelter to see the albatross chicks. Amazing views and there were binoculars to use too! We saw 4 albatross chicks; mainly they sit on their nests, but they were also starting to get up and feel... More

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Milton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Amazing experience for both adults and kids. Guide very informative and friendly. Would recommend highly to both locals and tourists

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Enfield, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

After an informative briefing session and video we walked up to their properly constructed warm (ish) hide from where we saw 6 albatross chicks getting ready to fly. They were stretching out their enormous wings, especially given they're chicks, and jumping and hovering briefly in the wind. The guide (Josh, I think) was excellent. Clearly very knowledgable and interesting in... More

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Pukekohe East, Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

$120 for a family of four really is over the top. We saw a lot of sights in the South Island & nothing else was that expensive!

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Brisbane
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went on an afternoon tour of the albatross and the old war bunkers with out 11 year old son. Fascinating place and very knowledgable guide. Nice cafe as well...I can recommend the ginger slice. ;-)

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

If you are nearby, consider visiting this place. They tell you all about the Albatross, and you even get to see - almost up close and personal, parents and chicks. There is a bit of a uphill walk from the center to the station where you view the birds from, but nothing too difficult; just something to keep in mind... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Drove all the way up from Dunners. Went there twice in few years (my first trip was actually wet and windy). For this trip, when we reached there, it was not raining but slightly cloudy and windy as usual but we saw the Albatross. Bringing long camera lenses was a good choice as we had some excellent shots and views... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The drive from Dunedin is along a winding road with good views and places to stop to take photographs, there is an alternative route back over the higher ground which is slower but will give you a different view of the peninsula. The Royal Albatross centre itself is well laid out and worth visiting, the guides are well informed and... More

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