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Otago Peninsula: Royal Albatross Centre Tour

1. Otago Peninsula: Royal Albatross Centre Tour

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.

From Dunedin: Royal Albatross Centre & Otago Peninsula Tour

2. From Dunedin: Royal Albatross Centre & Otago Peninsula Tour

Experience Dunedin and Otago Peninsula on a small group tour with plenty of flexibility and personalized attention. Begin your journey by meeting your tour guide between 9 - 9:30 AM at 2 meeting points in Dunedin and Port Chalmers. Then enjoy a 20-minute scenic drive with photo stops around Dunedin City. Some highlights include the world's steepest street, viewpoints, and strolling around the botanic gardens.  After the city sightseeing, sit back to enjoy the most breathtaking scenery of Otago Peninsula along Highcliff Road with various stops for photo opportunities.  After your 1-hour scenic drive, stop at the end of the Peninsula at The Royal Albatross Centre. Here you will immerse yourself in a 1-hour guided tour to learn all about Royal Albatross - one of the world's biggest seabirds. The tour starts with a short introduction about The Royal Albatross before a short walk up a slight slope to the viewing platform to view Royal Albatross breeding colony.  After a break on Otago peninsula, drive along a low road to enjoy some different scenery, along the harbor. Then be returned to the meeting point to enjoy the rest of your afternoon.

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What people are saying about Dunedin

Exceptional We had the chance to see albatrosses in flight but also 4 nests and we could see one of the little ones. One more we were given a French guide which makes the visit perfect February period to remember to observe the nesting

we were there 20 years ago and you had a better view of the albatross' runway. Now she could only see when flying.

Very informative guide. Gave advice on how to make the most of our visit and to obtain the best pictures/videos.

Very important work, we learned a lot of the Albatrosses. Very interesting.

A must do ... one of the best wildlife attractions I have ever done.