Tiki Tours

Join Dunedin’s pioneer ecotourism venture – choose a nature lovers’ tour and be transported to our not-to-be-missed wildlife and heritage attractions.

Learn about Otago Peninsula’s landscapes, historic treasures and rare wildlife from our friendly, knowledgeable guides. See for yourself the abundant nature that makes the area famous as a world-class ecotourism destination.

TIKI TOUR OPTIONS

UNIQUE TIKI TOUR

Learn about Otago Peninsula’s landscapes, historic treasures and rare wildlife from our friendly, knowledgeable guides. See for yourself the abundant nature that makes the area famous as a world-class ecotourism destination.

Unique Tiki takes you on an adventure to the Royal Albatross Centre, for the chance to see breeding Royal Albatross and explore the hidden tunnels of Fort Taiaroa under the albatross colony.

Pick-up and drop-off is at the Dunedin i-SITE Information Centre. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours in total (From pick up to drop off).

Tour Pick Up: 10:30am From outside the Dunedin i-SITE.

Tour Includes: Transportation to and from the Royal Albatross Centre + Albatross Tour + Fort Taiaroa Tour.

We can accommodate Cruise Ship Pick Ups if the ship arrives prior to 9:00am at the Port (Port Chalmers). Pick Up is approx 10:00am. Please contact us if you wish to be picked up from the Cruise Ship Terminal, no extra cost – e-mail: reservations@albatross.org.nz

Unique Albatross Tiki Tour Prices: 
Adult – NZ$122
Child – NZ$80 (5 – 17 years)
Infant – NZ$60 (4 and under)

A proportion of every ticket sold at the Royal Albatross Centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.

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Little Blue Penguin Tiki Tour

Blue Penguins Pukekura Dunedin

Be transported along Otago Peninsula to discover Kororā, the Little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin, in their natural habitat – scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach on the Otago Peninsula. After a day at sea, the penguins congregate in groups known as “rafts” not far offshore where they often can be heard vocalising – usually short, loud squawks. At dusk penguins come ashore and make their way to their nests where they feed their chicks or roost.

Pukekura was a significant Māori settlement or pā located on Taiaroa Head, the headland that rises over Pilots Beach. From the mid-17th century to the mid-19th century the pā was home to the Kai Tahu tribe.

Pick-up and drop-off is at the Dunedin i-SITE Information Centre. The tour lasts approximately 3.5 – 4 hours in total (From pick up to drop off).

Our Blue Penguin platform holds up to 100 visitors, all Little Blue Penguin Tiki tours will be joining the Blue Penguin tour.

Little Blue Penguin Tiki Tour Prices:
Adult – NZ$95
Children – NZ$70 (5 – 17 years)
Infant – NZ$60 (4 and under)

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Royal Tiki-Tour

Come on the ultimate tour for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. You will be picked up from the Dunedin i-SITE and enjoy a scenic drive along the beautiful Otago Peninsula to arrive at the Royal Albatross Centre situated at Pukekura, Taiaroa Head.Meet the Royals of Taiaroa on your Albatross tour to see the giant Royal Albatross chicks from our exclusive observatory on the nature reserve. You’ll learn about the amazing albatross and their unique breeding colony at Taiaroa Head. You may even see a huge albatross with a three-metre wingspan glide silently by.Tuck into a Hearty Birdwatchers Tea of fish and chips, served with a delicious sweet slice and a choice of either tea or coffee. Explore the interactive displays and learn more about the 20+ species that call Taiaroa Head home.

Join the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour at dusk and watch the world’s smallest penguins as they return home to their cliff-side burrows after a day at sea. Discover more about the work done by Pukekura Trust to help the little blue penguins thrive. After a grand birdwatching experience, you’ll be dropped back to your Dunedin accommodation (within CBD area).

Royal Tiki-Tour Includes: Transportation + Albatross Tour (1 hour) + Dinner + Blue Penguins Pukekura Tour + Accommodation Drop-Off:

Adult: NZ$177

Child: NZ$100 (5 – 17 years)

Spaces are limited on this tour, reservations recommended. Prices and tour availability only valid until 30 September 2020.

SUNDOWNER PACKAGE

MAKE THE MOST OF THE GOLDEN HOURS!

| Monarch Wildlife Cruise | Albatross Tour | Dinner | Blue Penguin Tour | Transportation

Join us for our supreme Albatross, Penguin and wildlife tour hosted by Monarch Wildlife Cruises, Royal Albatross Centre and Blue Penguins Pukekura. Your excellent Sundowner Package includes Dunedin city pick up by Monarch Wildlife Cruises (3:15pm), a one hour cruise with Monarch Wildlife Cruises, a guided one hour Albatross tour at the Royal Albatross Centre followed by dinner in the Toroa Cafe for a delicious Fish and Chips meal, the Little Blue Penguin viewing at dusk with transport back to your accommodation.

Pick up: 3:15 pm from outside the Dunedin iSITE – Tour last approximately 6.5 – 7 hours.

Rate: valid until 30 September 2020

Adult: $254.00 Child: $185.00

Northern Royal Albatross – Royal Albatross Centre Observatory

Bookings are essential – spots are limited!
Available only during the Summer – 1 October – 30 March each year.

Finish times vary during the Summer period. This is due to a constantly changing amount of daylight hours as the year goes on.

  • Pick Up: 3:15 pm from outside the Dunedin iSITE, accommodation pick up can be arranged on request, please phone or email us direct.
  • Dietary Requirements: please inform us if you have any dietary requirements as we can cater for this in the Toroa Cafe.
  • All tour options involve outdoor activity in an area where maritime weather can change, bring warm and waterproof clothing.
  • Some walking is involved to get to and from the various viewing areas and tours require a reasonable fitness level.
  • Wildlife Photography: We encourage photography, we ask no FLASH on tours. The Albatross Observatory is a one-way glass system, windows do not open, photos are from behind glass. The Blue Penguin viewing, lighting is provided.
Little Blue Penguin Viewing Platform

Useful Information

Tour & Pickup Information:

Our Dunedin Tiki tours includes pick up and drop off at the Dunedin i-SITE Information Centre at 48 the Octagon by our knowledgeable guide.

Unique Albatross Tiki Tour includes transport +  Unique Taiaroa tour (Albatross + Fort). | Tour includes our expert guides introduction and insights into the lifecycle of the amazing Royal Albatross, a film and the chance to view the albatross from within our exclusive observatory plus a tour through fascinating historic Fort Taiaroa and Armstrong Disappearing gun.

Little Blue Penguin Tiki Tour includes transport + our Little Blue Penguin viewing tour. Pick up time changes throughout the year due to sunset.

Refer to map at the bottom of this page for the pickup location – we can drop visitors off at their accommodation if within the CBD area.

Wildlife & Photography Opportunities:

We do not allow flash photography on our tours as this can cause disturbance on the wildlife, our viewing area’s for the albatross are within a one way glass system and for the Little Blue Penguin tour we provide lighting for the viewing. Modern digital cameras are capable of taking great photographs under these conditions. Please help us to be respectful of the welfare of the wildlife. Our Blue Penguin platform is restricted to 90 visitors, all Little Blue Penguin Tiki tours will be joined with other visits.

Clothing:

Always take warm and waterproof clothes and solid footwear is required.  All tour options are an outdoor activity in a land where maritime weather prevails, the weather can change very quickly on the Otago Peninsula year round.

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