New Zealand’s Royal Albatross Centre

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The largest of all seabirds, the Royal Albatross’ wings measure over 10 feet across.

Spoiler alert: we’re about to suggest you travel to a remote peninsula on New Zealand’s South Island to look at some birds, but bear with us. There’s a good reason.

While we may not be the planet’s foremost authorities on birds (for the record, our ornithological credentials leave a lot to be desired), we do know a spectacular sight when we see one.

Taiaroa Head, a 30-minute drive from Dunedin, is the world’s only mainland colony of the Northern Royal Albatross.

Nearly 100 of these majestic birds can be found nesting on the head’s jagged rock cliffs at any one time. The largest of all seabirds, the Royal Albatross’ wings measure over 10 feet across. That incredible wingspan makes them a graceful and majestic sight in the air…and hilariously clumsy on land.

Short of renting a boat and braving the high seas, the Royal Albatross Centre is the best place to see these magnificent birds nesting, mating and soaring in formation. Not to mention that the center is located in the old Fort Taioroa atop some pretty stunning sea cliffs, so even if birds aren’t your bag, you’ll still want to visit.

Over to natural history legend David Attenborough for a quick introduction to Taiaroa Head…

See a remarkably tolerant female allow a ranger from the Royal Albatross Centre check her newborn chick’s health…

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New Zealand’s Royal Albatross Centre was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (523 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.