Givealittle Generosity Thank You

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We’ve cried a little from the generosity of our supporters. Its a really hard time for us as we closed the Royal Albatross Centre for the pandemic. Usually we’d be busy with visitors and raising money to support albatross care and carry out our mission to preserve.. read more →

Royal Albatross Centre Closed until April 24

Kia ora Albatross Friends We have closed the Royal Albatross Centre and halted albatross and penguin tours until at least 24 April 2020 as part of the NZ Govt’s measures to combat COVID-19 under the Level 4 Alert. Our team are busy working hard to deal with booking cancellations, operational matters and everyone’s welfare. We.. read more →

Royal Arrival Heralds Hatching Season

Royal fans worldwide are thrilled as the first northern royal albatross chick of the 2019/20 breeding season was welcomed at the Royal Albatross Colony at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on January 16. In a Dunedin tradition a ‘Happy Birthday’ flag is flying from the Dunedin City Council’s Mayoral Flagpole to celebrate the beginning of an exciting time.. read more →

Farewell to a firm friend

Jane Higham Our team at Otago Peninsula Trust was shocked and saddened by the loss of one of our special friends in December. Jane Higham was a staunch supporter of the Trust’s work over many years, beginning on the Trust board in the 1970s when much hard work was done by the team on the.. read more →

First albatross chicks for 2019

Media Release 21 January 2019 First albatross chick for 2019 hatches The first chicks of the 2018/19 breeding season for the Royal Albatross Colony at Pukekura were welcomed today with three newly hatched chicks seen by DOC Rangers. In a Dunedin tradition a “Happy Birthday” flag flys from the Dunedin City Council’s Mayoral Flagpole to.. read more →

Record number of albatross eggs laid at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head

Dunedin’s Royal Albatross Centre is preparing for a possible influx of albatross chicks following a record number of eggs being laid this year. Fifty one eggs have been laid this season compared to an average of 30-35 eggs over each of the past five years. DOC Ranger Jim Watts, says while it’s still early days,.. read more →

You’re invited to a free talk on Albatross’ 80th Anniversary. 22 Sept 2018.

Why do the albatross nest at Taiaroa Head? Learn about a wildlife hero and how he helped the first Albatross chick fledge in 1938 leading to the establishment of the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony right here in Dunedin. Lance Richdale was the seabird genius who inspired generations of nature lovers. Meet Neville.. read more →

Church Bells set to ring 1pm – Tues 18th Sept. First Albatross back

SPRING BELLS RING TO WELCOME ROYALS BACK TO DUNEDIN Dunedin’s bells will be ringing tomorrow to celebrate the first Royal Albatross to return for the spring breeding season at Taiaroa Head. In a long held tradition Dunedin’s churches, schools and public buildings will be pealing their bells across the city at 1pm Tuesday 18th September.. read more →

Happy Penguin News.

Remember the 2 penguins killed in a slip earlier this year? Wonderful news…The chick raised by the penguin couple that were the only victims of the slip at Pilots Beach in July this year has returned. It has been sighted a number of times in the colony and appears to have settled in as a.. read more →