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Royal Albatross Centre, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand


Royal Albatross Colony and Centre

The Royal Albatross Centre is nestled at the foot of Taiaroa Head
at one with its environment. Start your wildlife adventure - step into the foyer dominated by Poutokomanawa, a carved pole telling the history of the Maori people of the headland.
Settle back for an introduction to the Royal Albatross narrated by
Sir David Attenborough.
Your guide will take you through the bird's fascinating story.
From the Centre, it's a short walk to the Observatory for the privilege of seeing the greatest of all seabirds. Wander through the McMillan Gallery and learn more of the history and wildlife of the area..

Enjoy a snack or meal at the Royal Albatross Café and look out for a memento,
you'll want to remember the day you met the Royals of Taiaroa!
Experience a tour of the diverse features of Taiaroa Head, an area unique in the world for the variety and richness of the
bird and marine life found there, together with its human heritage of settlement and use
from the days of Maori fortification to the present.

Tour Information

Visitors to the Royal Albatross Centre can view the interpretative wildlife displays, learn of the historical use of the area and experience the famous Unique Taiaroa guided tours,
call toll free within NZ 0800 528 767 or +64 3 478 0499
to reserve your place now!
A proportion of every ticket sold at the Royal Albatross Centre goes directly towards the fostering and protection of the Northern Royal Albatross.
Witness the fascinating social and family life of the breeding colony, devoted parents guarding their chicks; adolescents posturing and displaying as only juveniles can, courtship proceedings, nest building and interplay.... enjoy the priviledge of viewing these majestic seabirds in their natural environment.


Unique-Taiaroa1Unique Taiaroa Tour
The ultimate – a 90 minute guided tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross and the People history of Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. From a small Maori camp in the 1300s to a fortified Pa where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840; from a wooden flagstaff to an 1864 lighthouse at the entrance to Otago Harbour; from an 1880s underground fort to a large defence base in WWII. Taiaroa Head is today a Nature Reserve and iconic wildlife attraction.
Adult $62 • Child $20 • Family $134

Albatross-Classic1Albatross Classic
A 60 minute guided tour telling the story of the Northern Royal Albatross, followed by a short movie by Natural History NZ then a visit to potential viewing areas on Taiaroa Head.
Adults $52 • Child $15 • Family $114

Fort-Taiaroa1Fort Taiaroa
A 30 minute guided tour of 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 only fully restored 1889 Armstrong Disappearing Gun in the world in its original position.
Adults $26 • Child $10 • Family $62

Opening Times
Centre opens 10.15am, tours from 11.00am (Entry to the nature reserve is only permitted by guided tours)
Tours run daily at regular intervals, reservations essential.
Open every day except Christmas Day.
Contact the Centre for details:

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