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Royal Albatross Centre Tours

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Royal Albatross Centre
The Royal Albatross Centre, within Dunedin city limits on the Otago Peninsula, is an ideal spot for nature viewing. The center is home to the only mainland breeding colony of these large birds in the world. Add a tour of the center to a day trip out to the peninsula—a must-do activity while in Dunedin.
 
The Basics
The center began in 1938 with just one albatross chick. Now, there are around 140 birds. Albatrosses have an enormous wingspan of around 10 feet (3 meters). The center holds a wealth of information about the birds, so visitors can learn while having fun. Inside the observatory, you may be able to see albatross chicks and, if it’s a windy day, you might even see the adult birds flying. Renowned ecologists have called this the finest example of ecotourism in the world, which is high praise and motivation to visit.
 
Visitors tend to visit the Royal Albatross Centre on day trips of the Otago Peninsula from Dunedin. These include a number of other wildlife-oriented activities, such as sea lion and penguin watching, as the area is a haven for sea birds and animals.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • It can get very cold and windy on the Otago Peninsula at any time of year, so take warm clothes with you.
  • Albatrosses are wild animals and their behavior or location cannot be guaranteed on any given day.
  • Guided tours of varying durations are available to suit your needs.
  • There are also around 20 other bird species on the Otago Peninsula, so stay alert to spot them.
 
How to Get There
Many people visit the center on a guided tour from Dunedin. If traveling independently from Dunedin, follow the road along the Otago Peninsula to Taiaroa Head, at the end.
 
When to Get There
The Royal Albatross Centre is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10:15am till dusk, with tours from 11am in summer and 10:30am in winter. The center is a good place to visit year-round. The Otago Peninsula experiences cool but sunny summers and cold winters.
 
Fort Taiaroa
Amid the scenic beauty of the Otago Peninsula is an old military fort. Fort Taiaroa was built in the 1880s because of fear of a Russian invasion. Visitors can see the Armstrong Disappearing Gun, which is the only one of its kind in the world in working order. A trip here can be added to a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre.


Address: Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & Albatross Guided TourHalf-day Tours

Dunedin City Highlights, Otago Peninsula Scenery & Albatross Guided Tour

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With this tour you will enjoy a small group experience with a personalised attention while discovering the beauty of Dunedin City and Otago peninsula. You will avoid wasting time waiting for a bog group to get on and off the bus. You will be introduced to the city in the best way, optimising time to see the highlights of the city, enjoying the most breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula via Highcliff road where the road for bigger buses is not suitable. You will have a 1 hour guided tour of Albatross Centre and discover all about these huge seabirds.
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Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and SceneryBus Tours

Private Guided Tour of Dunedin City Heritage and Unique Wildlife and Scenery

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Travel from Port Chalmers or Dunedin on a privately guided tour that introduces you to city attractions as well as points of interest on the Otago Peninsula. With a flexible itinerary you can spend as much time as you like at each site, including a stop at the Royal Albatross Centre. Drive past Baldwin Street, Signal Hill, Otago University, Dunedin Railway Station, and more.
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Otago Peninsula Scenery and Dunedin City Highlights Tour

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Let someone else take care of logistics while you experience the beauty and rich heritage of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Spend the first part of the morning exploring parts of Dunedin, then take a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula, stoping at one of the world’s only mainland colonies of Royal Albatross.
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Dunedin City, Wildlife and Scenery Tour

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Join a small group for a full-day tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. During the city tour, see landmarks such as the University of Otago, Baldwin Street, and Scottish heritage sites. Next explore the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Sandfly Bay, Tunnel Beach, and historic Larnach Castle. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off in central Dunedin or the port.
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Iconic Shore Excursion: Wildlife Tour of Dunedin and Otago PeninsulaDay Trips

Iconic Shore Excursion: Wildlife Tour of Dunedin and Otago Peninsula

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Observe yellow-eyed penguins in their nesting habitat on a small-group tour from Dunedin to the Otago Peninsula. Hear informative narration about this wildlife sanctuary and enjoy great photo ops from various lookouts. First, take a sightseeing tour of Dunedin’s main landmarks including the University of Otago and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Upgrade your experience with a 1-hour stop at the Royal Albatross Center for a look at a royal albatross colony nesting area with a specialist guide. Includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel or cruise port.
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Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife TourDay Trips

Otago Peninsula Scenic, City Highlights and Wildlife Tour

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Combine a city highlights tour of Dunedin with a wildlife-focused tour of the Otago Peninsula in a single day. Perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time, this tour covers both urban and natural highlights of the area. Landmarks in Dunedin include the Botanic Garden, Baldwin Street, the Dunedin Railway Station, and others. Get to know the Otago Peninsula's beaches and bays with scenic drives and a wildlife boat cruise from Taiaroa Head.
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