Useful Information

The Royal Albatross Centre is owned and operated by NZ’s first private charitable conservation trust Otago Peninsula Trust. Your help and funds raised go to projects which protect and enhance the environment and wildlife of Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula.

  • Open Daily: 10:15am, first scheduled tour 10:30am Closed Christmas Day 25 December
  • What’s happening when? Albatross have a two year breeding cycle. Check out what you might see while here Albatross and Penguin Lifecycles 2018
  • NO PUBLIC access to the wildlife reserve/albatross colony, access is granted by booking on a guided tour. Bookings are essential to guarantee a place on a tour. No self-guided tour options.
  • Plan your day out Itinerary ideas on Otago Peninsula
  • Royal Albatross-Blue Penguins Pukekura Brochure Otago Peninsula Trust 2018
  • Need Transport? Take our Tiki Tours to Albatross and Penguins (brochure 2017-2018)
  • The Albatrosses are not in captivity. They are wild creatures. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee their behaviour or sightings on any given day, although some times of year and some seasonal and weather variations create more suitable conditions for albatrosses to fly. Please contact us for more information prior to your visit.
  • Taiaroa Head is a marine environment. A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk from the Centre to the observatory and the fortifications.
  • Disability Access – our centre is accessible with accessible toilets, cafe and displayswe have 2 self-drive mobility carts available (limited availability), we ask visitors to contact us to book a cart and to advise the centre of any special requirements.
  • Viewing of the albatrosses on a guided tour os within an observatory. A one way glass and sound deadening system is in place to minimise our disturbance to the nesting albatrosses. Photography is behind glass windows.
  • Family tickets are valid for two adults and up to 3 school aged children (5-17 years of age) 18 + is an adult. Infants 4 and under are free on tour.
  • Visitors are welcome to visit the Royal Albatross Centre free of charge. This includes access to our interactive gallery, cafe and gift shop. We ask that you make a small donation if you wish to use our restroom facilities.
  • The Royal Albatross Centre is a 32km scenic drive from Dunedin city centre. Allow about 45-50 minutes and check for roadworks as Dunedin is building a cycleway along the peninsula road.
  • The closest public transport to the Centre terminates at Harington Point, 3.5kms from the Royal Albatross Centre. Transportation is available with out Tiki Tour options.
  • The Northern Royal Albatross is just one of over20+ species of bird and animal which makes its home on Otago Peninsula’s Taiaroa Head.
  • We encourage photography and the wildlife viewing offers excellent photographic opportunities. We ask that     NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY is permitted on our tours. Please help us to be respectful of the welfare of the wildlife.
  • DRONES – Use of Drones are NOT permitted around Taiaroa Head reserve; this includes the Royal Albatross Centres Car Park, Pilots Beach and Cliff-Face Viewing Platform.
  • All tour options involve outdoor activity in an area where maritime weather prevails, the weather can change very quickly on the Otago Peninsula year round. Always take warm clothing and solid footwear is required. Jackets can be provided upon request.
  • Tour Capacity, our Unique, Albatross and Fort tours take up 18 people (including infants), Blue Penguin tour  takes a maximum 90 visitors. 
  • Early tour Request, we can accommodate group bookings outside our operation of hours, e-mail reservations@albatross.org.nz
  • Omega Rentals – Key Tag Bonus – see here