Royal Albatross Viewing

The Royal Albatross Centre operates viewing tours for its Taiaroa Head facility using a modern, purpose-built indoor glassed viewing area. Tours take place throughout the day and offer 60 minutes guided wildlife tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross, followed by a short movie by Natural History NZ then a visit to our viewing observatory to view the nesting albatross. 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!

Not sure what you will see during your visit, click here to view the Albatross Lifecycle or contact us for viewing expectations today! Click here for more information – Useful Information 

The Royal Albatross Centre is operated by a not-for-profit charitable trust. A proportion of every ticket sold at the Royal Albatross Centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.

Please note: viewing the albatross nesting area is by guided tour only. There is no public access or self-guided options. Albatross viewing: The Albatross are wild and therefore freely come and go at their own pleasure. From mid-Sept to mid-Nov 80% of tours will see Albatross, but this is not guaranteed through this time. 

ALBATROSS TOUR 

A 60min guided tour; short film, presentation on albatross breeding cycle, short walk up the hill for viewing from our exclusive glassed observatory to view the albatross and any other wildlife.

  • Adult NZ$52
  • Child NZ$15 (5-17yrs of age)
  • Family NZ$114 includes 2 adults + up to 3 children

    Prices valid until 30 Sept 2022

*Albatross Viewing: The albatross are wild and therefore freely come and go at their own pleasure. From mid-Sept to mid-Nov 80% of tours will see albatross, but this is not guaranteed through this time.

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UNIQUE TAIAROA TOUR

(Albatross + Fort Taiaroa)

Experience our 90min Unique Tour and see nesting albatross and history; short film, presentation on the albatross breeding cycle and short walk up the hill for viewing from our exclusive glassed observatory to view the albatross and then continuing through the underground fort tunnels to see the fully restored Armstrong Disappearing Gun.

Adult NZ$62

Child NZ$20 (5-17yrs of age)

Family NZ$134 includes 2 adults + up to 3 children

Prices valid until 30 Sept 2021

*Albatross Viewing: The albatross are wild and therefore freely come and go at their own pleasure. From mid-Sept to mid-Nov 80% of tours will see albatross, but this is not guaranteed through this time.

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DOUBLE ALBATROSS
COMBO

Albatross Tour + Wildlife Cruise

Join our joint combo with Monarch Wildlife Cruises.

Visit the Royal Albatross Centre for our 60minute Albatross Tour and a 1 hour cruise with Monarch Wildlife Cruises

*Monarch Cruise are closed every Thursdays and public holidays

Adult NZ$98

Child NZ$34 (5-17yrs of age)

Prices valid until 30 Sept 2021

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Useful Information

The Royal Albatross Centre is owned and operated by NZ’s first private charitable conservation trust Otago Peninsula Trust. Your help and funds raised go to projects which protect and enhance the environment and wildlife of Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula.

Noise Level: to reduce disturbance on the albatross, including when nesting. We do ask and remind all visitors to keep noise level to a minimum. Our guides do reserve the right to send visitors back down from the tour if visitors don’t adhere to this rule as we are under a permit and do not want to disturb albatross.

  • What might I see at what time of the year? Albatross have a two year breeding cycle. Check out what you might see while visiting Albatross and Penguin Lifecycles
  • Do I need to book a tour? It’s strongly advised for a few reasons. Firstly, this is the only place in the world where albatross nest on a mainland, so you don’t want to miss out! The only way to get to the observatory to have the chance to see albatross is on a guided tour. Tours are limited to 18-21 people per tour, so space is limited.
  • Can you guarantee viewing and flying? The Albatrosses are not in captivity. They are wild creatures. So we cannot guarantee their behaviour or sightings on any given day, most usually we have nests in sight of our observatory for most months of the year. 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 to check what viewing is like.
  • Have you got Disability Access?  Our centre is accessible with accessible toilets, cafe and displays we have 2 self-drive mobility carts available (limited availability), we ask visitors to contact us to book a cart and to advise the centre of any special requirements.
  • Do we get to go on the albatross reserve? Our guided tour is within an observatory over the albatross nesting area, only DOC Rangers are allowed on the albatross nature reserve. A one way glass and sound deadening system is in place to minimise our disturbance to the nesting albatrosses. Photography is behind glass windows.
  • How many come come on a family pass? 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.
  • How far are is the Royal Albatross Centre from Dunedin city? We’re a 32km scenic drive from Dunedin city centre. Allow about 45-50 minutes and check for roadworks as Dunedin is building a cycleway along the peninsula road. Plan to be 15 minutes before your booked tour.
  • Tour Capacity, our Unique, Albatross and Fort tours take up 18 people (including infants)
  • Early tour Request, we can accommodate group bookings outside our operation of hours, e-mail reservations@albatross.org.nz
  • How can I donate to help the wildlife? Check out our Givealittle Fundraising Page
  • 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

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Tours, Cafe, Gift Shop and Centre: Open 10:15am – dusk each day

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