Science Festival 2018

How heavy can a chick actually be? What do they eat? What’s the wingspan of the biggest seabird?

Discover huge Royal Albatross chicks at the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony. Dunedin is uniquely privileged to be the only place in the whole world where you can easily see these amazing birds breed. It’s the 80th anniversary of the first chick fledging from this site in 1938. Learn all about Lance Richdale and the incredible work he did to protect the first chick and see it safely fledge. Talk to our expert guides and discover more astonishing facts about albatross – such as why they ‘cry’ when they drink salt water…

While you’re here, learn about the other 20+ birds that breed at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head and what makes Dunedin “The Wildlife Capital of NZ” and “The Seabird Capital of the World”

Science Festival: Express tours at expressly special prices. $15 Adult, $3 child for a 30 minute tour to see the chicks. 30% off standard 60/90 minute tours.

Bookings essential 03 4780 499

Venue: Royal Albatross Centre, 1260 Harington Pt Rd, Otago Peninsula. Open 10.15am- Dusk. Allow 50 minutes drive from Dunedin City.

Stay the whole day and visit Blue Penguins Pukekura for a special family price for the Science Festival.

Have you met the smallest penguin in the world?

Come, meet them, see a wonderful conservation project where penguins thrive in their natural habitat. Learn how we’ve planted 15,000 bushes, built penguin nest boxes and helped our penguin population grow.

After a day at sea, the penguins congregate in groups known as “rafts”. Blue Penguin viewing tours are at dusk when penguins come ashore and make their way to their nests where they feed their chicks or roost. Its magic to see them waddling up the beach!

Our kaitiaki guardianship of the Blue Penguins Pukekura is a joint venture of the Pukekura Trust between The Otago Peninsula Trust and The Korako Karetai Trust. The Trusts work together to ensure protection, conservation and enhancement of the area known as Takiharuru Pilots Beach for the benefit of its flora and fauna, and in particular the kororā (Little Blue Penguin) colony established there.

The colony grows over 10% every year and we’re working to RFID chip the whole population so we can learn more and help penguins breed successfully to grow the colony.

Half Price Family Special for the Science Festival $40 Bookings necessary 03 4780499

Venure – Meet at Royal Albatross Centre, 1260 Harington Pt Rd, Otago Peninsula – Dress Warmly!

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