Royal Albatross Centre, Otago Peninsula

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Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin

Your only chance to see the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross, just a short scenic drive from Dunedin on the spectacular Otago Peninsula. The Royal Albatross Centre provides 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, superb cafe, souvenir shop and is home to the Otago Peninsula’s historic Fort Taiaroa.

The Royal Albatross Centre is owned and operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust, a charitable trust, whose objective is the protection and enhancement of the Otago Peninsula.

Royal Albatross Centre Highlights:

  • Royal Albatross Tours – visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross
  • Little Blue Penguin Tours -watch the world’s smallest penguin in its natural environment
  • Fort Taiaroa Tours – explore historic Fort Taiaroa, featuring the world’s only fully restored 1889 Armstrong Disappearing Gun
  • Albatross Cafe – enjoy a range of dining options and open all day for a refreshing hot or cold beverage
  • Albatross Souvenir Shop – find a great selection of locally made gifts and souvenirs to remember your visit 

About the Centre

The Royal Albatross Centre is nestled on Taiaroa Head, at one with its environment. Step into the foyer dominated by the Poutokomanawa, a floor to ceiling carving telling the history of the Maori people of the headland. Settle back for an introductory film to the Royal Albatross narrated by Natural History New Zealand. Your guide will take you through the bird’s fascinating story.

From the Dunedin Royal Albatross Centre, it’s a short walk to the Richdale 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 Cafe  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 Otago Peninsula and 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.

Taiaroa Head and Dunedin’s Royal Albatross Centre can be experience either as part one of our peninsula package tours  combining many great attractions of the Otago Peninsula.

Tours & Prices

(quoted in NZ$, subject to change)

Unique Taiaroa (Adult NZ$50.00, Child NZ$20.00. Family NZ$110.00)

Albatross Classic (Adult NZ$45.00, Child NZ$15.00. Family NZ$100.00)

Fort Taiaroa (Adult NZ$20.00, Child NZ$10.00. Family NZ$50.00)

Blue Penguins Pukekura (Adult NZ$25.00, Child NZ$10.00)

Combo Tours

Cruise Ship (Shore Excursion) (Adult NZ$214.00)

Double Albatross Combo (Adult NZ$87.00, Child NZ$34.00)

“Otago Peninsula and Taiaroa Head is a unique and very special place. It is a place that every visitor to Dunedin should see”
David Attenborough, BBC

Royal Albatross Centre, Otago Peninsula Enquiry Form


1260 Harington Point Road
Harington Point 9077

Phone: +64 3 478 0499

Fax: +64 3 478 0575

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