Kia ora Welcome to the Royal Albatross Centre

The only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross in the world.


Tours, Toroa Cafe, Gift Shop – Open Monday – Sunday from 10.15 am- until dusk – tour bookings recommended. 

Royal Albatross Tours: visit the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world. Book a tour to see the amazing Northern Royal Albatross, learn fascinating insights into these majestic monarchs of the sea from our expert guides. Come into our 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.

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.

People come from all over the world to enjoy the spectacular views on the Otago Peninsula, The Wildlife Capital of New Zealand. With its 20 km long harbour, Otago Peninsula is the home of an abundance of magnificent world-famous wildlife. There are over 20 species that breed, live or visit Taiaora Head.



Special deals for a limited time – Mates Rates guided tours – find out more  click here 
Watch the world’s smallest penguin waddle home each evening in it’s natural environment. . Book a Penguin tour today.












Check out our brochure for inspiration to plan your visit

Royal Albatross Centre – Blue Penguins Pukekura – Otago Peninsula Brochure

Looking for a wild gift?

Come visit our fantastic gift shop, brimming with wild treasures – or shop online 

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Watch the famous live Albatross Webcam Royalcam for a sneak peek -enjoy the 24-hour Albatross Live Webcam ‘Royalcam’

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Have you visited the Wildlife Capital’s Famous Five?

WINTER ITINERARY IDEA – check our websites for our Mates’ Rates special deals 2020

  • 10.00 am: Drive to Glenfalloch Garden from Dunedin.
  • 10.15 am: Explore GLENFALLOCH GARDEN look for native birds
  • 11.15 am: Drive to Fletcher House (10 mins) Open Weekends 11am-4pm
  • 11.30 am: Enter a time warp at FLETCHER HOUSE tour 12.15 pm: Drive to Portobello (5 mins)
  • 12.30 pm: Leisurely lunch at a Portobello Village Cafe, Enjoy the playground or visit local craft shops. Alternatively, drive straight to the Royal Albatross Centre for lunch at TOROA CAFE and take time to explore the headland, wander to the beach for some bird spotting.
  • 2.15 pm: Make your way to the Royal Albatross Centre (15 mins)
  • 4.00 pm: Take a UNIQUE ALBATROSS our ultimate albatross and history tour. Book 03 478 0499
  • 4.30 pm: Have afternoon tea at the TOROA CAFE and explore the centre’s displays.
  • 5.45 pm (time changes weekly): BLUE PENGUINS PUKEKURA Tour meets at Royal Albatross Centre. Book 03 478 0499
  • 6.30 -7.00pm: Drive back to Dunedin. Perhaps have dinner at one of Otago Peninsula’s lovely restaurants
  • TIP – Book a Famous Sunday Roast at The Royal Albatross Centre Cafe. Make sure you book tours – they’re popular!
  • Maps, birdspotting guides and itinerary planners Available Here