Welcome to the Royal Albatross Centre

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

“Otago Peninsula and Taiaroa Head is a unique and very special place. It is a place that every visitor to Dunedin should see.” – David Attenborough, BBC

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 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.

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.

Join one of our albatross tours to go and see the nesting colony of these giant wonders. Our knowledgeable guides will bring you to our purpose built observatory, nestled at the top of the reserve
Watch the world’s smallest penguin waddle home each evening in it’s natural environment. Get up close and personal with these adorable little birds and learn all about their daily struggles and successes.
Need transportation? We offer Tiki-Tour options that includes transport and our guided tours. Enjoy the scenic drive out along the stunning Otago Peninsula, here in Dunedin.

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.


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Watch the famous live Albatross Webcam Royalcam for a sneak peek.