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Reviewed January 19, 2020

The video and talk at the start of the tour was a great way to start, getting an understanding about the birds. Then the walk up to the lookout and the fantastic views of the nesting birds and the other birds below us. We were lucky to see an albatross flying around us. Then the short walk to see the disappearing gun. This and the whole fort area is a credit to those who have restored it. The informative plaques explaining everything are so interesting.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Robert E
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 4 of the albatross nests on view and adolescents back at the colony and socialising. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of the albatross and introducing visitors to the 'Royals of Taiaroa'. It is indeed a special and unique experience to be able to view these magnificent wild birds in their natural habitat and see the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross close up. A definite ‘must do’ of any visit to NZ - The Royal Albatross Centre – the Seabird Centre of the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand.
Your tour fees definitely go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. A portion of the tour fees also goes to Te Poāri a Pukekura co management group and supports the group's role as guardians of the headland.
Our Otago Peninsula Trust, which owns the Royal Albatross Centre is NZ's first charitable conservation trust, set up in 1967 to 'preserve and enhance Otago Peninsula'. As well as supporting conservation, pest control, habitat restoration and visitor facilities we also offer special prices and days for families and locals to enable greater access and appreciation to the colony. We also run education programmes for school children at a minimal cost for the pupils; in 2019 we hosted over 1000 students. The Trust also donates over $11,000 of free tickets annually to help schools, charities and good causes fundraise.
The Royal Albatross Centre itself, with it's comprehensive historical and educational displays, videos, toilets, cafe, gift shop is free to access for everyone. This is only made possible by the Trust's activities. As you will appreciate, it costs a significant amount to run a centre like this 364 days a year. We very much value all the contributions people make so that the Trust is able to offer this access and facilities to everyone year round. The cost of providing water and toilets to guests is about $100,000 per annum as water and sewage have to be trucked in and out of the headland. Thank you so much for your support of our Trust.
Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday!
All the best
Sophie, Marketing Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises
PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967

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Reviewed January 16, 2020 via mobile

We took combined Albatross & Taiaroa Fort Tours. Both were excellent. The tour combined a video, talks & actual tours of both the nesting sites & tunnels with lots of interesting exhibits. Laura our guide went above & beyond answering our questions. She even recommended some local beaches off the tourist trail that were amazing.
Our entry fees go toward the maintenance of this incredible research centre which protects these wonderful creatures.
On top of that the views from the peninsula & on the drive there are breathtaking.
Highly recommended

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank ErinC792
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We really appreciate your comments about your guide Laura too!
Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour. There is the chance for great viewing at the moment, with 4 of the albatross nests on view and adolescents back at the colony and socialising. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of the albatross and introducing visitors to the 'Royals of Taiaroa'. It is indeed a special and unique experience to be able to view these magnificent wild birds in their natural habitat and see the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross close up. A definite ‘must do’ of any visit to NZ - The Royal Albatross Centre – the Seabird Centre of the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand.
Your tour fees definitely go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. A portion of the tour fees also goes to Te Poāri a Pukekura co management group and supports the group's role as guardians of the headland.
Our Otago Peninsula Trust, which owns the Royal Albatross Centre is NZ's first charitable conservation trust, set up in 1967 to 'preserve and enhance Otago Peninsula'. As well as supporting conservation, pest control, habitat restoration and visitor facilities we also offer special prices and days for families and locals to enable greater access and appreciation to the colony. We also run education programmes for school children at a minimal cost for the pupils; in 2019 we hosted over 1000 students. The Trust also donates over $11,000 of free tickets annually to help schools, charities and good causes fundraise.
The Royal Albatross Centre itself, with it's comprehensive historical and educational displays, videos, toilets, cafe, gift shop is free to access for everyone. This is only made possible by the Trust's activities. As you will appreciate, it costs a significant amount to run a centre like this 364 days a year. We very much value all the contributions people make so that the Trust is able to offer this access and facilities to everyone year round. The cost of providing water and toilets to guests is about $100,000 per annum as water and sewage have to be trucked in and out of the headland. Thank you so much for your support of our Trust.
Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday!
All the best
Sophie, Marketing Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises
PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967

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Reviewed January 16, 2020

The Albatross Centre is located in the very end of Otago Peninsula. You can reach it by car and there you will find a free parking area. The way to the Albatross Centre is beautiful, contouring all the Peninsula which offers you a set of nice scenery. In the cliffs nearby the Centre you can see many and many Seagles and some Royal Albatross flying just over your head. The view from the cliff is fantastic and you will make wonderful photos of the shore, seagles and baby seagles. In the Center you will find good and rich information regarding the large Royal Albatross (three-meter-wide with opened wings) and other general coastal fauna of the Otago Peninsula. The Albatross Centre is aplace to go when in Otago Peninsula and Dunedin.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank FredRocha
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora and thank you for your review.
We advise people to book to come on an albatross tour as we are very busy at peak visitor season, and we just have 18 spaces per tour. There are four nests on view and you can often sea young albatross flying and socialising. Chicks started hatching last week, so its a very exciting time!
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 to take a tour up to the observatory with a 100% chance to see albatross currently – we have four nests on view and you can have the chance to witness albatross flying close by, or socialising on the ground in front of the viewing area. Excellent guided tours to the purpose built visitor viewing facilities are available. These are visitor's best chance to get up close to these amazing birds without disturbing them and to enjoy magnificent views of the colony. Tour fees go towards building and maintaining these access facilities and allowing visitors a once in a lifetime experience.

The albatross guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for the limited number of visitors that are permitted by the Department of Conservation to access the colony. This includes a video, explanation of and insights into the lives of albatross, exclusive viewing from on the wildlife reserve and the only chance visitors have to easily access a close up experience of an albatross breeding colony. The activity is different every day, all year around as albatross court, breed and raise their chicks.

The cost of the tour contributes to the stewardship of the Albatross. It enables the Otago Peninsula Trust, which manages the Royal Albatross Centre to continue to offer albatross experiences to the public, to offer education programmes to children, free interactive displays contributing to understanding of the peninsula wildlife and ecosystem for visitors and to continue in its role "To preserve and enhance the Otago Peninsula". A portion of the tour fees goes to Te Poāri a Pukekura management group and supports their role as Pukeura guardians and for their management and care of the albatross at the colony. The $52 cost for the one hour tour or $62 cost for the 90 minute tour compares very reasonably with other NZ tour attractions - and as this is run by a not-for-profit trust you can be assured that the tour revenue is being used for a great cause!

As a kaitiaki of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that call Pukekura home, including the Royal Albatross at the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony. We love to share this special place and unique wildlife experiences with our visitors.

We very much value to contribution that visitors are able to make to this precious wildlife sanctuary by supporting the Royal Albatross Centre's tours and activities.
As well as understanding more about albatross there is an amazing array of other wildlife the visitor may see - and the views of the harbour, ocean and landscape from the viewing areas at the reserve are breathtaking.

Hope you come again to visit the Royal Albatross, and take the chance to access the reserve and experience one of our informative and enjoyable guided tours.
All the best
Sophie, Marketing Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises
PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967

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Reviewed January 16, 2020

We stopped here after going to Natures Wonders up the road. Great to see if your a real Albatross loving. We were lucky enough to see three albatross landing and sitting on their nest however at $100 per family we found it very over priced.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank Rachel M
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora and thank you for your review.
We really appreciate you taking the tour and taking advantage of our special family pricing, which allows families to access the tours at a special rate. We also run specials during the April and July school holidays to help allow children and families access to see these amazing birds.
The cost of the tour contributes to the stewardship of the Albatross. It enables the Otago Peninsula Trust, which manages the Royal Albatross Centre to continue to offer albatross experiences to the public, to offer education programmes to children, free interactive displays contributing to understanding of the peninsula wildlife and ecosystem for visitors and to continue in its role "To preserve and enhance the Otago Peninsula". A portion of the tour fees goes to the Department of Conservation and supports the department's role as wildlife guardians and for their management and care of the albatross at the colony. The $52 cost for the one hour tour or $62 cost for the 90 minute tour compares very reasonably with other NZ tour attractions - and as this is run by a not-for-profit trust you can be assured that the tour revenue is being used for a great cause!

Thank you for taking a tour to the Royal Albatross and supporting the work of the Otago Peninsula Trust. As a kaitiaki of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that call Pukekura home, including the Royal Albatross at the world's only mainland albatross breeding colony. We love to share this special place and unique wildlife experiences with our visitors. By taking a tour visitors are contributing to the care and conservation of these species – we are the only operator that submits funds to the Department of Conservation for Royal Albatross viewing. The best way to see albatross is by taking a tour, otherwise there may be an occasional one spotted flying from a distance, we offer the best chance to see albatross in their breeding environment - the only mainland royal albatross breeding colony in the world!

Otago Peninsula Trust is NZ's first charitable conservation trust, which was set up in 1967 to 'preserve and enhance Otago Peninsula'. Our Annual Report is available online for anyone to view to see how funds are used and the good work we carry out; Trust members have membership privileges, we also offer special prices for families and days where locals can visit for very special prices. We run education programmes for school children at a minimal cost for the pupils. In 2016 we have hosted around 1500 students. The Trust has also donated over $11,000 of free tickets to help schools, charities and good causes fundraise.
The Royal Albatross Centre itself, with it's comprehensive historical and educational displays, videos, toilets, cafe, gift shop is free to access for everyone. This is only made possible by the Trust's activities. As you will appreciate, it costs a significant amount to run a centre like this 364 days a year. We very much value all the contributions people make so that the Trust is able to offer this access and facilities to everyone year round. The cost of providing water and toilets to guests is about $100,000 per annum as water and sewage have to be trucked in and out of the headland.

The albatross guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for the limited number of visitors that are permitted by the Department of Conservation to access the colony. This includes a video, explanation of and insights into the lives of albatross, exclusive viewing from on the wildlife reserve and the only chance visitors have to easily access a close up experience of an albatross breeding colony. The activity is different every day, all year around as albatross court, breed and raise their chicks. This month there are 31 eggs, with chicks starting to hatch, so we’re hoping for a successful breeding season. There are over 20 species of wildlife that live at Pukekura, the observatory allows viewing of this wildlife too – and magnificent views of Otago Harbour and Peninsula.

We very much value to contribution that visitors are able to make to this precious wildlife sanctuary by supporting the Royal Albatross Centre's tours and activities.

All the best
Sophie, Marketing Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises
PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967

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Reviewed January 14, 2020

We were not sure what to expect here but really enjoyed our visit. The Red-Billed Gulls were nesting while we were there so it was really cool as they were everywhere (and a little bit of guano to dodge-lol). These gulls are actually more endangered than the Albatross but there were so many there with eggs and chicks it was pretty cool. Inside there is a really good museum/interpretive center you can visit and the cafe was pretty good as we ate lunch there. The tour guide was very informative and friendly as you have a presentation first and then move on to the tour where you go to the blind to see the Albatross. We felt lucky as we saw several nesting pairs and some young couples in the courting phase. We also got to see a male circling the nesting area and come in for a "landing" and then waddle on over to his mate. It was a great experience and highly recommend a visit.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank buckeyetravel
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OtagoPeninsulaTrust, Public Relations Manager at The Royal Albatross Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 4 of the albatross nests on view and adolescents back at the colony and socialising. Our team love sharing their knowledge and stories of the albatross and introducing visitors to the 'Royals of Taiaroa'. It is indeed a special and unique experience to be able to view these magnificent wild birds in their natural habitat and see the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross close up. A definite ‘must do’ of any visit to NZ - The Royal Albatross Centre – the Seabird Centre of the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand.
Your tour fees definitely go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. A portion of the tour fees also goes to Te Poāri a Pukekura co management group and supports the group's role as guardians of the headland.
Our Otago Peninsula Trust, which owns the Royal Albatross Centre is NZ's first charitable conservation trust, set up in 1967 to 'preserve and enhance Otago Peninsula'. As well as supporting conservation, pest control, habitat restoration and visitor facilities we also offer special prices and days for families and locals to enable greater access and appreciation to the colony. We also run education programmes for school children at a minimal cost for the pupils; in 2019 we hosted over 1000 students. The Trust also donates over $11,000 of free tickets annually to help schools, charities and good causes fundraise.
The Royal Albatross Centre itself, with it's comprehensive historical and educational displays, videos, toilets, cafe, gift shop is free to access for everyone. This is only made possible by the Trust's activities. As you will appreciate, it costs a significant amount to run a centre like this 364 days a year. We very much value all the contributions people make so that the Trust is able to offer this access and facilities to everyone year round. The cost of providing water and toilets to guests is about $100,000 per annum as water and sewage have to be trucked in and out of the headland. Thank you so much for your support of our Trust.
Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday!
All the best
Sophie, Marketing Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises
PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967

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