The Royal Albatross Centre is nestled at the foot of Taiaroa Head, at one with its environment. 


Step into the foyer dominated by Poutokomanawa, a carved pole telling the history of the Maori people of the headland. Settle back for an introduction to the Royal Albatross narrated by Natural History New Zealand. Your guide will take you through the bird’s fascinating story.


The world's only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross reside here. A brief walk up a steep pathway will take you to the Observatory, where a number of nesting areas can be seen.

This is the best place to view albatross if they are flying. Wander through the McMillan Gallery and learn more of the history and wildlife of the area. Enjoy a snack or meal at the Royal Albatross Café and look out for a memento – you’ll want to remember the day you met the Royals of Taiaroa!


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