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“Go to the albatross center!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Royal Albatross Centre
Taiaroa Head | Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3 478-0499
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Ranked #17 of 39 attractions in Dunedin
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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.
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“Go to the albatross center!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We didn't see an adult, but did see 3 young on their nest. The tour was very informative. Not to be misses!

Visited April 2013
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“Nice Chicks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Did this as part of a tour with Elm Wildlife Tours. Would recommend paying for the add on as you get access to the cliff where the birds nest and you can see them from the hide and get quite close to the chicks and the parents (if you are lucky) as they come into feed. Wrap up warm!

Visited May 2013
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“Close to majestic birds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

First we got a good introduction about the breeding biology, migratory behavior, etc. Then we had a walk to a viewing platform behind screens. So we could see the birds, but not the other way round. We could see 5 individuals on their nests, one of them lifted his but to show it’s chick. It is a bit expensive though (about 35 NZD). There is even a fee to enter the gift shop (5 NZD).

Visited February 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

This does cost $40 but is a pretty unique experience. It is good to know that this small colony of only about 150 birds is being supported to exist on mainland NZ, while 20,000 of their cousins thrive on a remote island! Our guide was excellent and the tour of the fortifications and Disappearing Gun is also well worth doing.

Visited May 2013
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“Chicks - and parent birds coming with food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great tour guide, very interesting tour seeing Albatross chicks, parent birds flying in with food, the disappearing gun and history, beautiful countryside and lovely drive out from Dunedin and back. Well worthwhile experience, highly recommended, good value for money. Visitor centre full of interesting information.

Visited April 2013
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