Royal Albatross Centre - Unique Taiaroa Tour


Taiaroa Head, located at the top of the Otago peninsula, is home to the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross Colony.

The Royal Albatross Centre’s Unique Taiaroa Tour provides a fascinating opportunity to watch these magnificent birds.

Learn about the Northern Royal Albatross and the unique cultural history of the people of Taiaroa Head during this 90 minute guided tour.

Come and discover the outstanding natural beauty of the Otago Peninsular at the Royal Albatross Centre – A must do when visiting Dunedin.

Price:

  • $55 Adults
  • $20 Child
  • Location: 1260 Harington Point Road, Dunedin

    Transport: The Centre is located a 45-50 minute drive from Central Dunedin. There is no public transport to the tip of Otago Peninsula, own transport is required.

    Please note: Due to high demand for the albatross Centre and the Penguins, exact trips times will be confirmed with you via email from the centre. Trips run every 30/60 minutes so if your exact time selection isn't available, you will be scheduled to the next available trip. You MUST check in 30 minutes prior to your tour to present your voucher and be issued tickets.


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    Sharon from New Zealand wrote on 22 January 2017

    Stunning!

    Loved having opportunity to get close to these beautiful birds and learn a bit about them.

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    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 3-6 nests on view, chicks hatching 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. Your tour fees do go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. A portion of the tour fees goes to the Pukekura Trust and supports the Trust's role as guardians of the headland. Our Otago Peninsula Trust is NZ's first charitable conservation trust, which was 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 to enable greater access and appreciation to the colony. We run education programmes for school children at a minimal cost for the pupils; in 2016 we hosted around 1500 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 Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it with our visitors! Our team takes pride in making the albatross experience an excellent excursion and we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour. Your tour fees go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday! All the best Ashleigh Compton

    chukinl from Hong Kong wrote on 14 January 2017

    Great tour

    Knowledage tour guide about Royal Albratross and the facilities over there. It is worth to visit if you like birds or wildlife animals.

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    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 3-6 nests on view, chicks hatching 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. Your tour fees do go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. A portion of the tour fees goes to the Pukekura Trust and supports the Trust's role as guardians of the headland. Our Otago Peninsula Trust is NZ's first charitable conservation trust, which was 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 to enable greater access and appreciation to the colony. We run education programmes for school children at a minimal cost for the pupils; in 2016 we hosted around 1500 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 Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it with our visitors! Our team takes pride in making the albatross experience an excellent excursion and we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour. Your tour fees go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday! All the best Ashleigh Compton

    Graham Hampson from United Kingdom wrote on 26 November 2016

    Informative

    The tour guide was excellent and we learned a lot. It was unfortunate that we did not see a great deal but one has to accept that risk.

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    From Royal Albatross Centre - Unique Taiaroa Tour

    Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross. Our team takes pride in making the albatross experience an excellent excursion and we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Your tour fees do indeed go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday! All the best Ashleigh Compton

    Peter from United Kingdom wrote on 22 November 2016

    Amazing albatross

    We were lucky enough to see the early arrivals. The Armstrong gun is worth seeing too.

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    From Royal Albatross Centre - Unique Taiaroa Tour

    Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. 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. Your tour fees do indeed go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday! All the best Ashleigh Compton

    John from United Kingdom wrote on 15 November 2016

    Great visit thoroughly recommended

    This visit exceeded my expectations. Our guide Julie was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic she made it a great event, along of course with the fabulous albatrosses. The disappearing gun was a worthwhile addition.

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    From Royal Albatross Centre - Unique Taiaroa Tour

    Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. I will be sure to pass your comments to our lovely guide Julie. 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. Your tour fees do indeed go to a good cause - for conservation and education programmes to help look after this amazing wildlife sanctuary. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday! All the best Chris, Operations Manager, Otago Peninsula Trust Enterprises PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OTAGO PENINSULA SINCE 1967

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