Plastic Free July

Plastic is a global problem. Everyone uses it, its in food wrappers, mobile phones, medical equipment, the list goes on. But its what happens to it when we’re done with it, that’s where the problems arise. Single-use plastics are at the forefront of this global threat, these are the types of plastic that are used once and then discarded, such as glad-wrap. So how can we fight this battle with one of the most commonly used materials?

Plastic Free July is a challenge to ‘Choose to Refuse’ single-use plastic throughout the month of July (and beyond!). We, at the Royal Albatross Centre, are getting behind the global movement and running events throughout July so you can get involved in making our world a cleaner environment for generations to come.


How you can get involved!

Plastic Free July Workshop

Microplastics (Community Science) Workshop for Plastic Free July – Free workshop.

Come and learn about the impact of plastic on our very own coastlines. Join the Royal Albatross Centre and Sustainable Coastlines to be part of a grassroots solution to litter in Aotearoa. Learn how to identify different types of plastic and contribute to a national citizen science project. Investigate the impact of marine debris on the local wildlife and investigate the source of the problem.

Booking Essential! Spaces are limited to 20 people. Email or phone 03 478 0499 – this is only available for the dates below; meet at the Royal Albatross Centre reception.

Sunday 7th July 2019 – 2:00pm (finishes 4:00pm)

Sunday 21st July 2019 – 10:30am (finishing 12:30pm)

Things to bring: Warm/ wet weather clothing, garden gloves (some may be provided), food, water, sunscreen – there is a cafe at the Royal Albatross Centre, please note we don’t allow outside food to be brought into the centre to be eaten.

Competition Time


This years competition topic is ‘My Relationship with Plastic’. We are aiming for you to look at your daily life, and how plastic plays a role, whether you feel you have a good or bad relationship in your life with plastic.


We are running a photo competition to celebrate
our interaction with the natural world,
encouraging you to get out and enjoy New
Zealand’s natural beauty! This years theme
is ‘My Relationship with Plastic’.

Select the link below for more information.

Photo Competition




Get in touch with your creative side! Enter
our writing competition to highlight your
‘Relationship with Plastic’. This could be a
poem, short story or anything in between! 
We’d love to hear about your experiences
with plastics in your everyday life.

Select the link below for more information.

Writing Competition





Treasure Hunt


Come on down to the centre and pick up one of our Treasure Hunt quiz sheets, all the answers can be found throughout the displays in the centre. If you get all the questions correct you can receive a special discount on our 1 hour Albatross Tour! 

The treasure hunt will be running everyday from 1st to 21st July 2019. 

For any questions please don’t hesitate to call us on 03 478 0499, or send an email to



We hope to see you at the Royal Albatross Centre this July, to help support this global mission!


Thank you for your continuing support!

Ngā mihi maioha