Albatross Viewing

Royal Albatross Viewing – Dunedin

The Royal Albatross Centre operates viewing tours for it Taiaroa Head facility using a modern, purpose built indoor glassed viewing area. Tours take place throughout the day and offer 60 minute guided wildlife tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross, followed by a short movie by Natural History NZ then a visit to potential viewing areas on Taiaroa Head. Witness the fascinating social and family life of the breeding colony, devoted parents guarding their chicks; adolescents posturing and displaying as only juveniles can, courtship proceedings, nest building and interplay. Nowhere else in the world can you enjoy the privilege of viewing these majestic seabirds in their natural environment!

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A proportion of every ticket sold at the Royal Albatross Centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.

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Otago peninsular tours

The ultimate and most popular offering – a 1.5 hour guided tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross and the People history of Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. 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 an 1864 lighthouse at the entrance to Otago Harbour; from an 1880s underground fort to a large defence base in WWII. Taiaroa Head is today a Nature Reserve and iconic wildlife attraction.

The secret life of the albatross, an intimate experience of these amazing birds. A 60 minute guided tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross, followed by a short movie by Natural History NZ then a visit to potential viewing areas on Taiaroa Head.

Unique Albatross Tiki Tour – Transportation

Royal Albatross Colony - Otago PeninsulaHere’s your chance to be taken on a fully guided tour of the Otago Peninsula with one of our knowledgeable guides. Our Unique Albatross Tiki Tour provides you with the opportunity to view the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross and explore the historic Fort Taiaroa containing the only Armstrong Disappearing Gun in its original emplacement in the world.
Travel the entire length of the peninsula where you will be treated to a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Pick-up and drop-off is at the Dunedin i-SITE Information Centre. The tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours in total

A proportion of every ticket sold at the Royal Albatross Centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.

Pick Up Times: Summer – 9:15am and 1:45pm – Winter – 9:15am

Unique Albatross Tiki Tour Prices:
Adult – $115
Children -$80
Infant – $60 (under 5 years of age)

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Tour Times

The Royal Albatross Centre is open at (Summer 11.30am) (Winter 10.30am), tours commence daily and run at regular intervals. Bookings are highly recommended. (Entry to the nature reserve itself is only permitted by guided tour.) A proportion of every ticket sold at the Royal Albatross Centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.

Albatross breeding season – from 17th Sept – 23rd Nov, tours will be running to a smaller viewing location. Albatross sightings are not guaranteed during this period as the birds are returning to begin their breeding season, despite regular sightings on our tours.

Photography

We encourage photography and the wildlife viewing offers excellent photographic opportunities. We ask that NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY is used on our tours. Please help us to be respectful of the welfare of the wildlife. Our viewing areas are sheltered, visitors will be looking from a one way glass system to reduce visual disturbance on the nesting albatross.

Clothing/Footwear

All tour options involve outdoor activity in a area where maritime weather prevails, the weather can change very quickly on the Otago peninsula year round. Always take warm clothing and solid footwear is required. Jackets can be provided upon request.

Fitness level

Some walking is involved to get to and from the various viewing areas and tours require a reasonable fitness level. We have 2 self-drive mobility carts available upon request, please contact us directly to book a cart.