Royal Albatross Viewing

Don’t miss your chance to visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross / Toroa in Aotearoa’s wildlife capital – Dunedin! Learn all about the breeding cycle of these majestic birds, as you watch them soar with their three metre wingspans from our Richdale Observatory.

Tours take place throughout the day, and bookings are recommended. We offer a 60 minutes guided wildlife tour, the Albatross Classic. This tells the story of the Northern Royal Albatross, followed by a short movie by Natural History New Zealand, then a visit to our viewing observatory to watch the nesting albatross. Nowhere else in the world can you enjoy the privilege of viewing these majestic seabirds in their natural environment!

Our 90 minute tour Unique Taiaroa tour includes the Albatross tour, and then adds on a visit through the old tunnels underneath the headland, and views the impressive Disappearing Armstrong Gun – placed in 1886! A phenomenal way to experience all the headland here has to offer.

Not sure what you will see during your visit, click here to view the Albatross Lifecycle or contact us for viewing expectations today! More Information – FAQ’s 

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 Classic 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

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Unique Taiaroa Tour

(Albatross + Fort Taiaroa)

Experience our 90min Unique Tour Combo – includes Albatross Classic & Fort Taiaroa Tours.

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 2022

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Private Tours

Unique Royal or Royal Tour 

Join one of our exclusive early bird special, a fully private guided tour in your own bubble of up to 4 people. Learn all about the fascinating life of a Northern Royal Albatross, the history and culture of Taiaroa Head and help support the conservation work by our expert albatross guide. 

Tour is set at 10am each day – bookings essential!

Private Unique Royal Tour:

$200 for up to 4 visitors

Private Royal Tour:

$180 for up to 4 visitors

Private Unique Royal Tour Private Royal Tour
Useful Information

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

Connect with us:

Tours, Cafe, Gift Shop and Centre: OPEN:

10:15am – 4:00pm (Winter)

10:15am – 5:00pm (Summer)

Booking on tour is recommended as spaces and tour times are limited!

Closed Christmas Day

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