Useful Information

 

  • The Royal Albatross Centre is owned and operated by a charitable trust. All surplus funds generated by the enterprise are returned to projects which protect and enhance the environment and wildlife of Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula.
  • The Royal Albatross Centre is open throughout the year excluding (Christmas Day 25th December). Summer hours 10:15am Opening, tours run from 11:00am / Winter hours 10:15am Opening, tours from 10:30am.
  • There is NO PUBLIC access to the wildlife reserve/albatross colony, access is granted by booking on a guided tour. Bookings are essential to guarantee a place on a tour. No self-guided tour options.
  • The Albatrosses are not in captivity. They are wild creatures. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee their behaviour or sightings on any given day, although some times of year and some seasonal and weather variations create more suitable conditions for albatrosses to fly. Please contact us for more information prior to your visit.
  • Ours is a rugged environment. A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk from the Centre to the observatory and the fortifications.
  • Disability Access – we have 2 self-drive mobility carts available (limited availability), we recommend visitors to contact us to book a cart and to advise the centre of any special requirements.
  • Viewing of the albatrosses on a guided tour are from within an observatory. A one way glass and sound deadening system is in place to minimise our disturbance to the nesting albatrosses. Photography is behind glass windows.
  • Family tickets are valid for two adults and up to 3 school aged children (5-17 years of age) 18 + is an adult. Infants 4 and under are free on tour.
  • Visitors to Taiaroa Head who do not wish to go on tour are welcome to visit the Royal Albatross Centre free of charge. This includes access to our interactive gallery, cafe and gift shop. We ask that you make a small donation if you wish to use our restroom facilities.
  • The Royal Albatross Centre is a 32km scenic drive from Dunedin city centre.
  • The closest public transport to the Centre terminates at Harington Point, 3.5kms from the Royal Albatross Centre.
  • The Northern Royal Albatross is just one of about 20+ species of bird and animal which makes its home on Otago Peninsula’s Taiaroa Head.
  • 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.
  • DRONES – Use of Drones are NOT permitted around Taiaroa Head reserve; this includes the Royal Albatross Centres Car Park, Pilots Beach and Cliff-Face Viewing Platform.
  • All tour options involve outdoor activity in an 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.
  • Tour Capacity, our Unique, Albatross and Fort tours take up 18 people (including infants), Blue Penguin tour  takes a maximum 100 visitors. 
  • Transportation is available with out Tiki Tour options.
  • Early tour Request, we can accommodate group bookings outside our operation of hours, e-mail reservations@albatross.org.nz