Albatross Viewing at Taiaroa Head...

Albatross Viewing at Taiaroa Head Carpark

Albatross Viewing at Taiaroa Head Carpark


22 Rankers Reviews

16 Face-to-Face

19 Bird Watching

1 Portobello

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Tairoa Head Royal Albatross Colony


Park on up, visit the Royal Albatross Centre and you may be lucky enough to spot an Albatross - or at least a black backed gull.... However the odd massive albatross (you won't miss it!) does land here. It has happened during the summer months, especially with adolescents returning back to the headland for the first time. Birds can become disoriented in thick sea mist also or misjudge the wind currents on occasion and have to make an emergency landing in the carpark. Good luck for the spotting!


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Umbrella Organisation

Non-profit organisation


South IslandCoastal OtagoPortobello


  • Bird Watching
  • Free


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Lizzi's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The fees for the tours support the conservation efforts of the Royal Albatross Centre, you numpties!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Harald Ludtke's avatar

Harald Ludtke


Ranking: 9/10

Very interesting!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Angela Dixon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

It's a beautiful place but I was here several times in the early 90s and was disappointed in the way the centre has changed. It used to be much cheaper ? Free to see them and I'm sure the penguins were free too. This meant far more people saw them. 100 dollars for 2 people is really expensive. The nearby boat trip looked better value. If it was 10 dollars each far more people would do the tours. They didn't even have the webcam on show which seemed bizarre.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Alex's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

We went at watched sea lions/seals during their sun bath, you can get quite close but you should keep your distance to not disturb them.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Nadav Knoll


Ranking: 8/10

Great place for watching Albatross, seals and penguins.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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S Black


Ranking: 8/10

Saw plenty of albatross flying around. Didn't pay to go in the centre as felt it was too expensive. Would have liked to have seen the babies though. Also saw heaps of seals on the walk down the hill. If you time it right you can secretely tag along with a small tour group and listen to the information for free as they walk along the boardwalk.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Georgia Coleman


Ranking: 8/10

Head to Taiaroa Head at the Otago Peninsula to see the Albatross in full flight - near the carpark out on the cliff. See them for free.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

Ahmed Mohsen Aly's avatar

Ahmed Mohsen Aly


Ranking: 6/10

Just a bunch of birds doing bird stuff. Alright views, spotted a view of those fancy birds wearing a tuxedo.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Bjorn Privat's avatar

Bjorn Privat

Ranking: 8/10

Great place for getting the feeling of wind. Nice view. Opportunity to go the the Albatross Centre or only walking around.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Karen Garvin


Ranking: 10/10

You can walk around the viewing boardwalks and lookouts for free - totally worth it! We saw numerous Albatross flying above our heads, seals on the rocks below. Pounding oceanwaves - breathtaking and free!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Bettina Fluhrer's avatar

Bettina Fluhrer


Ranking: 9/10

When you want to see the albatross you do not have to book a tour. Just walk on the right side of the centre and they will fly over your head when it is windy. Great experience!!

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Stefan's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

You can see flying albatross behind the cliffs. You must not book a tour for these.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Francis Corrigan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

You can visit the Albratross Centre for free and if you go to the 100metres right at the centre (public land) you can also see the albatross and seals for free rather than pay for expensive tour.

Reviewed over 10 years ago