18 May 2020

Otago Peninsula Trust attractions re-open

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Level Two Update –  we’re open!

  • Otago Peninsula Trust attractions are open for visitors.
  • New Albatross products! Locals’ half price tours | Private Tours
  • Royal Albatross Centre, Blue Penguins Pukekura, Glenfalloch Garden, Fletcher House all open
  • Covid 19 Health and Safety Plans are in place
  • Limited Places on all tours. Bookings recommended
  • Bookings 034780499 reservations@albatross.org.nz
  • Local’s Weekends. Sunday Roast Lunch, Gift Shop 20% off. Locals Half Price Tours

Royal Albatross Centre + Fort Taiaroa

Giant fluffy white albatross chicks at the world’s only mainland albatross. breeding colony | Secret hidden Fort Taiaroa

Meet the Royals! Imagine viewing a huge Royal Albatross with a three-metre wingspan gliding silently near you? Giant fluffy chicks awaiting their parental feeding? Patient parents incubating eggs? Teenage hijinks? Dunedin’s unique attraction; our Royal Albatross Colony on Otago Peninsula is the only mainland breeding colony of royal albatross in the world!

Gain insight into the private lives of these magnificent birds and have the chance to see them breeding – take a 60 minute guided tour to our exclusive observatory on the nature reserve with our expert and friendly guides.

You can book a tour to Albatross, Historic Fort Taiaroa, evening Little Blue Penguins or take a Tiki Tour from Dunedin’s i-Site. Make sure you book – places are limited. Tip – combine the albatross and fort tour, upgrade from 60 to 90 minutes for just $10 extra.

Free entry to Centre’s educational displays – Pukekura/Taiaroa Head is a heritage and wildlife hotspot with over 20 wildlife species calling the area home. Truly the Seabird Centre of the Wildlife Capital of NZ!

While you’re here enjoy our delicious café or browse in our gift shop filled with local products. The Royal Albatross Centre is run by Otago Peninsula Trust – NZ’s first private charitable conservation trust, which aims to preserve and enhance Otago Peninsula.

Tours, Cafe, Gift Shop – Open Daily from 12.30pm First Tour 1.00pm. Last Tour 3.00pm

Bookings reservations@albatross.org.nz Phone 034780499

  • New – Local’s Half Price Albatross Tour 1.00pm,1.30pm, 2.00pm 2.30pm  $25 Adults, $10 Child, $60 Family (2+3) 45 Minute tour
  • New Locals’ Half Price Unique Tour 1.00pm or 3.30pm or on demand. $30 Adult, $15 Child Family $75 65 minute tour includes Royal Albatross viewing + Fort
  • Classic Albatross Tour 3.00pm $52 Adult, $15 Child 60 minutes
  • Unique Albatross including Fort Taiaroa 3.00pm $62 Adult, $20 Child 90 minutes
  • Fort Taiaroa Tour 4.00pm $26 Adult, $10 Child
  • New – Private Albatross Tour $200 for 1-4 people 55 minutes in Observatory with own guide Mornings on demand/ 3pm Wednesdays .
  • New – Private Unique Tour $300 for 1-4 people 55 minutes in Observatory with own guide plus Fort tour Mornings on demand/ 3pm Wednesdays 
  • Cafe Specials.  Sunday Roasts – please book. Cheese Rolls for your freezer! Albatross Shortbread

Blue Penguins Pukekura

See the world’s smallest penguin waddle ashore each evening in its natural habitat.

Ever seen a cute little penguin wander by? Enjoy a magical experience under the evening sky as you watch tiny penguins waddle home after a day at sea. Discover kororā, the Little Blue Penguin, the world’s smallest penguin, in its natural habitat on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, the wildlife capital of New Zealand.

You’ll be enthralled with great viewing when you visit the colony of shy, but noisy Little Blue Penguins in their own world at Pilots Beach.  This wonderful attraction is a joint conservation project between Korako Karetai family and Otago Peninsula Trust.  Your tour fees go to help protect penguins from predators and provide care for the growing colony to help penguins flourish. Make time when you visit to see the world’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony just above the blue penguin’s beach and be amazed by these giants of the sea. Book an evening tour – numbers are limited, so don’t miss out!

Glenfalloch Garden

Escape to a magical historic woodland garden filled with birdsong. A hidden valley…relax in a lush garden setting. Just 15 minutes from Dunedin is one of the city’s hidden treasures, a place for you to explore, enjoy and relax. The sheltered setting creates the perfect conditions for the glorious Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens to flourish. The gardens, established in 1871, offer glimpses of Dunedin harbour through the trees and provide a lush setting for exploring. Enjoy the profusion of hydrangeas, fuchsias, rhododendrons, the magnificent colours of Japanese maples, and the sounds of streams and birds. Spot native birds and fauna, including a 1000 year old Matai tree

  • Open 9am – 5pm for walks and enjoyment
  • Restaurant closed

Fletcher House

Ever wanted to time-travel?

Step back into a time where there wasn’t any electricity or labour saving devices. See how your grandparents or great-grandparents lived. Wonder what it was like to cook for a family on a coal range, or use the outside loo on a freezing winter’s day. Explore Fletcher House, a 1909 time-capsule of a fully restored Edwardian Villa. Famous as the first house Sir James Fletcher, founder of the Fletcher Construction empire built.

  • Open Weekend and Public Holidays 11am – 4pm

Have you visited the seven wonders of Otago Peninsula? Make it a mission! From the only place in the world to view huge breeding Royal Albatross on a mainland to spotting the world’s smallest penguins as they toddle home, Otago Peninsula offers highlights of the Wildlife Capital of NZ and the Seabird Capital of the World. Gorgeous gardens at Glenfalloch are sure to delight each season. Plus find a hidden fort with the world’s only fully restored Armstrong Disappearing Gun…

Otago Peninsula Trust, New Zealand’s first private charitable conservation trust, is proud to share some of Dunedin’s most spectacular attractions with you. Our mission is to ‘preserve and enhance Otago Peninsula for all to enjoy’. Come and explore with us…