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Adult Ages 18+
Child Ages 5-17
Family of 3 2A + 1C (Ages 5-17)
Family of 4 2A + 2C (ages 5-17)
Family of 5 2A + 3C (Ages 5-17)
Infant Ages 0-4

Hidden Underground – Historical Fort Taiaroa

A 30 minute guided tour of the historic underground Fort Taiaroa, built on the headland to counter the potential threat of a Russian invasion in the late 1880s and later used for training and defence during WWI and WWII. See the worlds’ only fully restored 1886 Armstrong Disappearing Gun in its original position.

Established over 100 years ago, Fort Taiaroa is hidden beneath the albatross colony. Visitors can explore this fascinating secret fort whilst learning about the human history – from Māori pa to WWII Fort – and view the worlds’ only Armstrong Disappearing Gun of its type, still in working trim in its original gun pit. It’s a must-do tour to gain a full appreciation of this significant historic and wildlife site.

Things to Know

  • Please check in 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time to confirm your arrival.
  • The Royal Albatross Centre is located at the tip of the Otago Peninsula, a 50-minute scenic drive from the Dunedin city.
  • Make sure you allow time to enjoy a delicious meal in the Toroa Cafe open all day.
  • Fort Taiaroa is underground – this is a history-focused tour rather than wildlife.
  • The weather at Taiaroa Head can prevail, please bring warm and waterproof clothes.