Went to the centre and chose to do the “extra” bit where you pay a guide to take you to a hide close to the birds. Not cheap but well worth it for us. As it turned out we had a lovely guide to ourselves....More
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Just visited the center and walked around the grounds (didn't book a tour). Great information and fun lil' cafe. Could still see them soar since the breeze was perfect for the day.
Lovely setting on the coast. Highly recommend going in the afternoon and relax and enjoy a cup of tea in their tea shop where you can also watch the birds soar.
We booked a 5:30pm Albatross classic tour. It happened to be a windy day which is perfect for flying! We saw several albatrosses soaring in the air. Their majestic form is a sight to behold! Totally worth the entrance fees.More
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for supporting us by taking a tour - those tours later in the day certainly do appear to provide our visitors with some 'albatross magic'. It is indeed a special and unique...More
Decided to book a tour with Elm Wildlife Tours as we were coming to Akaroa/Dunedin on the Sun Princess. The introductory talk and video was very informative, however, it was unfortunate that the birds were sitting on eggs so our view of the Albatross's was...More
Kia ora and thank you for your review. The albatross tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for the limited number of visitors that are permitted by the Department of Conservation to access the colony. The activity is different every day, all year around as...More
We booked the last tour of the day, hoping the winds would be gusty enough for the birds to be flying. We were in luck, even from the car park we had good views of the birds in flight, unmistakable with their huge wingspan. The...More
Kia ora and thank you for your review. The Northern Royal Albatross are best seen from our observatory on the hill of the nature reserve, the actual breeding colony itself can be seen from this great vantage point. The carpark or café only provide a...More
We organised a tour to view the Albatrosses. You cannot just wander over the headland to see them, they are protected which is good as they were nesting when we were there. You view them from a glassed room with binoculars provided if you want...More
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your great feedback and encouragement to others to meet the amazing albatross at the world's only mainland breeding colony - it is a wonderful experience and we love sharing it...More
The blue penguins at dusk are a must see! Sorry, can't find my photo. The albatross tour allows you to see a few albatross on nests. There was not enough wind for them to take off flying when we were there. You also see gulls...More
Kia ora and thank you for your review. It's fantastic that you were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. As a kaitiaki/guardian of the headland we are primarily driven by the conservation of all the species that call...More
Many people will love the chance to see wild albatrosses, but unfortunately I found the experience underwhelming. For $NZ50, you’re given a lengthy talk on stuff you could easily find out yourself or read on panels (and might know already). Then there’s a short walk...More
Kia ora and thank you for your review. I apologise that you were underwhelmed with your albatross viewing. Its unfortunate that the weather has been so hot and breezeless the last few days - its not great for the albatross as they need a good...More
Go at dusk to see the little guys come home from the ocean to their nests. A great value! We saw what was probably several hundred come in over the course of the hour or so that we were there and then were able to...More
Kia ora and thanks for taking the time to write a review. It's fantastic that you were glad you did the Blue Penguins Pukekura tour and enjoyed it so much. The Blue Penguins Pukekura guided tour offers an informative, knowledgeable hosted experience for visitors. This...More