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Wildlife Tours in Dunedin, NZ


Wildlife Tours in Dunedin, NZ


Wildlife Tours in Dunedin, NZ


Wildlife Tours in Dunedin, NZ



Are you in Dunedin during the school holidays or Wild Dunedin Festival?

Embrace this years Wild Dunedin Festival theme ‘weather’ and create a drawing to show us how weather impacts our local Otago wildlife!

We would love to see how creative you can get – perhaps how a little penguin would deal with a huge storm way out at sea, or an albatross during a really hot day sitting on its nest.

Try to think about what kind of weather our wildlife might really enjoy – and what kind of weather wouldn’t be so good for them!

There are five age categories: 0-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13+ (please indicate on your drawing which age category you are in). You can send us your entries via email, but ideally we would love for you to bring the original artwork to us here at the Royal Albatross Centre so we can display the winners – plus, entries brought to us will receive a postcard too.

a bird flying over a body of water

Entries close on the last day of the Wild Dunedin Festival Sunday 28th April 2024. Winners will be announced Tuesday 30th April. Winners of each category will receive a prize and this will need to be picked up from the Royal Albatross Centre.


Watch Dunedin’s famous Royals from our exclusive viewing observatory. Have the chance to be awed by the majestic giant of the seas with a three-metre wingspan. Learn intimate insights and view the breeding cycle of the Northern Royal Albatross / toroa. Don’t miss your chance to visit the stars of New Zealand’s wildlife capital and encounter the magic of awesome albatross.

Make sure to book

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The Royal Albatross Centre is operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust, New Zealand’s first private charitable conservation trust. A proportion of every ticket sold at the centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.

  • Visit the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross in the world.
  • Learn fascinating insights into these majestic monarchs of the sea from our passionate and knowledgeable guides.
  • Explore a hidden underground tunnel system underneath the albatross colony and view the world’s only fully restored Armstrong Disappearing gun
  • Come into the exclusive observatory and have the chance to view these charismatic birds raising their young.
  • On a breezy day, you may even see them fly by with their huge 3-metre wingspan – a sight you’ll always remember.
  • Booking a tour is highly recommended as spaces on tour are limited!


Royal Albatross Centre tours, gift shop, cafe and information gallery: Open everyday from 10:15am

Closed on Christmas Day.

Booking on tour is recommended as spaces are limited!


Watch the famous 24-hour livestreaming Royal Cam for a sneak peek into the lives of the Royal Albatross – watch the famous pair nesting this season here


A Must do in Dunedin

What a great experience this was. We had Janice as our guide and she was excellent. Loved seeing the Albatross’s and their babies. The disappearing gun was a great addition to the tour. Would highly recommend. Thank you so much.

– Linda M. | Tripadvisor
View to enjoy

The fact our small group was taken two second viewing area that took us closer to the nesting birds. Great information about the life cycle of the Royal Albatross. Saw one in flight, amazing to see it glide.

– Pam A. | Tripadvisor
Nesting albatross up close and personal

Throughly enjoyable visit presenting the opportunity to see these magnificent birds nesting"up close and personal", as well as the Red-billed gulls. The guide was knowledgeable and provided good commentary throughout. Centre staff warm and welcoming. Highly recommended.

– Mike M. | Tripadvisor
Stunning birds

An amazing opportunity to see these birds. The Albatross Centre does a fantastic job to conserve them and aid their breeding program. I am looking forward to going back when the chicks hatch.

– Candy F. | Tripadvisor
Albratross experience

Awesome time viewing these birds. Saw a few sitting nesting and a few soaring in the wind. The tour started with an small talk from our very knowledgeable guide. Then a steep hike to see these amazing birds. A must do for the young and old

– Izzy G. | Tripadvisor
Majestic albatross

Jordan was very knowledable, and went out of his way to make this tour enjoyable and interesting for our small family. We saw lots of albatross nesting, and one making circles. As a bonus we saw the disappearing gun. Tip- from there you get much closer to the albatross, so it's worth the extra 10 in more than one way.

– Andre N. | Tripadvisor