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  1. New Zealand
  2. Otago
  3. Dunedin
  4. Harington Point

Otago Peninsula: Royal Albatross Centre Tour

Product ID: 262087
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Visit the world's only mainland royal albatross breeding colony. Watch these beautiful birds soaring in the wind and adorable baby albatross in their nests from the exclusive viewing observatory.
About this activity
Duration 1 hour
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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English
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn more about the royal albatross from your expert guide
  • Get up close and personal with albatross and chicks from the exclusive observatory
  • View a range of other sea birds and wildlife
  • Contribute to the conservation and protection of the royal albatross
  • Marvel at the spectacular views over the Otago Peninsula
Full description
Begin your tour with a 10-minute educational video giving you insight into the nature and lifespan of this giant bird. During the video your expert guide will provide commentary about the albatross as well as some information about the Royal Albatross Centre.

Begin your climb up the hill overlooking the ocean and the Otago Peninsula, to the exclusive observatory on the nature reserve where you can see giant albatross throughout their breeding cycle as they court, lay eggs and raise huge fluffy chicks. Learn more about the conservation efforts of the team that is necessary to protect the albatross chicks.

The centre is run by a not for profit conservation trust with fees going back to a range of projects along the Otago Peninsula. If you are interested in learning a bit more about the history of the local area you can choose the 1.5 Hour Albatross Centre Wildlife & Fort Taiaroa Tour.
Includes
  • Visit to the only Albatross mainland nesting area in the world
  • A short film about the Royal Albatross
  • Entrance to the exclusive Albatross Observatory
  • Commentary from your expert guide
  • Entrance to Fort Taiaroa (If option chosen)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenirs

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

1260 Harington Point Rd, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand

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Important information
Know before you go
• The walk to the albatross observatory is steep, there are 2 self-driving mobility carts available upon request, please contact the local operator directly after booking if you require
• Adult albatross are incubating eggs from November and chicks are in nests from February through to September every year
• Please dress appropriately with comfortable shoes and warm clothing, it is recommended you also bring a rain jacket
• A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk from the Centre to the observatory and the fortifications — it's a five minute walk up a hill to the inside observatory
• Mobility carts are subject to availability