Wild Dunedin Festival

Wild Dunedin – 22 – 28 April 2019

Otago Peninsula goes Wild!

Ever wanted to see a 6kg giant albatross chick, or watch the world’s smallest penguin waddle home?

Keen to learn about what sort of pests endanger our precious wildlife?

Otago Peninsula Trust presents an array of special events to encourage keen wildlife watchers during this month’s Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature 22-28 April.

Great deals abound for the keen nature watcher during the festival. There’s daily Royal Albatross Express Tours, a 30 minute insight into Dunedin’s royals, with the chance to see three giant chicks, including the Royalcam celebrity for a fraction of the usual cost. Each evening you can see the world’s smallest penguins pitter-pattering home at Pilots Beach, with a special family deal. Hear how Blue Penguins Pukekura has a project to RFID chip their whole penguin population and learn lots more about their breeding, survival rates and daily activities. Hunt for Pesky Pests in the Glenfalloch Garden and learn what you can do to help our native birds and bugs flourish. Grab a table for the exclusive wild food degustation dining at Glenfalloch Restaurant and tantalise your tastebuds with unusual delicacies. It’s the perfect time to explore your own backyard!

Royal Albatross Express! 10.30am – 3pm  Daily 22-28th

Special 30min express tours to see Albatross chicks at The Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head.

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. Express tours at expressly special prices for the Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature.

Educational displays, fun activities for children, Cafe, gift shop. Great place to visit for school holidays!

Make sure you book as there are limited places available

DEAL: $15 Adult / $3 Child (child 5-12yrs) / Infants: 4 and under Free – bookings highly essential

Bookings not available Online, please either e-mail reservations@albatross.org.nz or phone 03 478 0499 to book

Blue Penguins Family Special – 22-28 April

Ever seen a penguin waddle by?

Discover Korora, the little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin, in their natural habitat – scurrying up to their cliff-face burrows at Pilots Beach. Only 1 tour available each night so bookings are essential. Dress warmly as the tours are outdoors.

Tours depart 5.45pm

Entry: $40 per family (2 adults & 3 children) Half Price!

Depart from Royal Albatross Centre just a 40 minute drive from Dunedin. Come early for a treat in our cafe and explore our wildlife displays and information.

Direct Bookings only Ph: 03 4780499 reservations@albatross.org.nz

Pesky Pests Hunt at Glenfalloch Garden – Wednesday 24 April

What do you know about pests? Some animals and plants are nasty threats to our native wildlife and bush. These pesky pests will be hiding at Glenfalloch Garden.

We want you to find them with the aid of a map and if you’re successful you’ll receive a treat.

The Otago Peninsula Trust will help you identify, learn about and find out how to manage those pesky pests and stop them harming our native animals and plants.

Cost $3/child or $10 for 4 children – cash only please  . No booking required… just turn up!

Parental guidance required.

Cafe open 9:30am- 3:30pm 03 476 1006 restaurants@glenfalloch.org.nz for bookings

Phone (03) 476 1775 or Email: info@otagopeninsulatrust.co.nz for more information.

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Want to see giant fluffy chicks? Interested in seeing the world’s largest seabird – with its huge wingspan of three metres?

Our Royal Albatross Colony is famous as the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony. Here you might see adult albatross flying as they come in to feed their chicks. It’s a breathtaking sight to see this huge bird soaring over your head.

Come and spend some time with your family at the Royal Albatross Centre. There is lots to do and learn. The Centre offers wildlife tours on Taiaroa Head where you can view Royal Albatross, Little Blue Penguins and many other seabirds from our exclusive purpose-built viewing areas.

It also features an interactive gallery, education room, superb cafe, souvenir shop and is home to historic Fort Taiaroa. It’s important to pre-book tours, so you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to see the world’s only accessible albatross colony yourself.

Children attending this event can earn a Kiwi Guardian Wild Dunedin Medal. The Royal Albatross Centre will give you the information on how to claim your medal on www.wilddunedin.nz 

Entry to the centre is free and there are extra special tour rates for the Wild Dunedin Festival

The Royal Albatross Centre is owned by the Otago Peninsula Trust, whose objective is the protection and enhancement of the Otago Peninsula. Your support helps our wildlife thrive.