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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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  • Marzy661
    Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Allow yourself a day here. We were there for 2 hours and it was not nearly enough. But we had a schedule. The displays were set out in a fashion that made understanding an adventure. Static displays come to life with the digitized screens for more information. Loved the photo room.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Skaj2
    Christchurch, New Zealand32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour with Chris. Very knowledgeable and so much enthusiasm.
    The house itself was magnificent and such a treasure to view.
    If you love history, you need to visit.
    Written February 3, 2024
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  • jtwoodfield
    London, UK216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful drive out of Dunedin. There are lovely views the whole way. It can be very windy at the point as, of course, it is a headland.
    Written February 15, 2024
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  • joday013
    Western Australia, Australia164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited the castle and gardens with the wife. We were lucky that is wasn't to busy, so didn't have to fight the cruise crowd. The staff were great with getting us in ahead of a tour bus. The castle is great and the gardens are kept immaculate. Well worth the trip. Just check to see how many cruise ships are in the harbour.
    The cafe did a great coffee and scone.
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • Jane
    Napier, New Zealand40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great informative tour albeit not seeing any Yellow-eyed penguins in the wild.

    Excellent description of the ongoing efforts to protect the penguins and their environment.

    Seems that the volume of tourists they bring through on a daily basis would not be beneficial to their efforts other than the economic benefits of the donations.
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • Elaine H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing VR exhibit, friendly staff. Great place to visit on a rainy summer day! We’ll be back soon to check out the indoor rainforest.
    Written January 27, 2024
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  • John W
    Cambridge, Canada900 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked our tour online, and it departed on time. Our guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. The brewery was really interesting, lots of historical information.
    Written February 4, 2024
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  • Bootsieban
    Sidmouth, UK39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked a private tour and our guide was superb. Sorry, we can’t remember your name. She explained so much about the life of the albatross and then took us up to see the chicks with a parent. She was able to tell us when they had hatched and with the binoculars provided we could see them clearly. We were able to go further up the hill to see another chick really close and get some good photos. If you are interested in wildlife I suggest this way of visiting the centre is well worth the money.
    Lunch was good but be aware it got really busy around 12.30.
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • evets1232016
    Sydney, Australia437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gardens are beautiful, and display flora from all over the world, as well as New Zealand. But for us, the highlight was the many aviaries and the astonishing array of birds they displayed, including many brightly-coloured parrots. We spent 2 hours here, and could easily have stayed longer.
    Written February 15, 2024
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  • evets1232016
    Sydney, Australia437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's an altitude difference of about 150m between the car park and the beach, but the views of the wild cliffs and coastline, and the beauty of the beach itself when you get there, make the climb back to the car park worthwhile. Just be aware access to the beach requires climbing over many large pebbles, and would not be suitable for those with impaired mobility. There are two tracks between the car park and the beach-it's best to choose the longer track with the more gentle gradient on the way back!
    Written February 14, 2024
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  • Rebecca R
    NZ8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best places to visit in Dunedin. Its an absolute must for families. I was in awe of seeing a live tuatara and takahe. Staff were super friendly and just always an absolute pleasure to go here. Our kids are 5 and 9 and LOVED running around the paths, viewing all the amazing wildlife and making the most of mother nature at her finest.
    Written February 25, 2024
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  • Christine8046
    Switzerland53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We first visited the Royal Albatros Center and then we found (you have to drive up on the other side of the hill) Nature's Wonders. We were so lucky. It was very quiet around noon and we arrived just 10 minutes before the start of one of there Agro Wildlife Tour. Perry, the owner of this wonderful place, was there and explained us everything. So we just jumped on and it was a wonderful experience. We saw many Seals (mothers with baby's) and we got to see the Little Blue Penguins. What they have done there for all these animals is just great. It's really worth the money. And the ride on the special, powerful "Golf Carts" is hilarious but not dangerous.
    Written February 27, 2024
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