One of the incredible things about South Island is the unique wildlife opportunities available to visitors, and The Royal Albatross Centre is a perfect example. The center is home to the only mainland breeding colony of these amazing birds in the world, and its dedication to protecting the animals and their habitat is instantly clear to visitors.
Starting with a single albatross chick in 1938, the colony boasts a population of about 140 birds at present. Albatrosses are a sight to behold, with their impressive wingspan and flying speeds, they guarantee an unforgettable experience. Be sure to take advantage of all the information available about the centre, the peninsula, and the birds while you're there.
Underneath the nature reserve is historic Fort Taiairoa, built in over 100 years ago to provide protection against Tsarist Russia, which features an amazing collection of armaments, including the world-famous Armstrong Disappearing Gun.
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The Centre is a beautiful 50-minute drive out of the heart of Dunedin, and helpful directions and a map are provided on the website. Be forewarned, though, there are no gas stations on the road, so be sure to fill the tank before leaving town.
Unfortunately there is no public transportation out to the Centre, but there are various car services for hire. Another option would be to join a tour.