Otago Peninsula Trust

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Help us raise funds to look after the Royal Albatross chicks to help them thrive in challenging conditions.

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  Otago Social Enterprise Conservation Wildlife

We need your help to raise funds to support the Royal Albatross while they raise their chicks at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head.

This is the only Royal Albatross breeding colony on a mainland anywhere in the world - its a very special place!

Hot summers make it challenging for Royal Albatross to raise their chicks - we need donations to help purchase and upgrade equipment like irrigation hoses, egg incubators, squid to supplementary feed the chicks and water. All the water for the colony is bought and trucked in from miles away as there is no fresh water supply on the headland.

The funds we raise will go towards:

• the upgrade to the irrigation system (est $1,800)

• gear and hygiene supplies (e.g., blender and feeding equipment, candling equipment, scales, etc. est $1,200)

• fish for the year – while salmon is donated DOC have to purchase squid and the push to feed will be on soon so to have the funds to cover this cost for the season would be huge (est $1,000 for the season).

As well as albatross there are 20 other species of bird at Pukekura.

Pukekura albatrosses are unique in that their colony is the only place in the world where they can be viewed on a mainland.

• The Northern Royal Albatross is a taonga species, valued and admired by all New Zealanders and international visitors

- Albatross have one chick every two years, mating in September/October, eggs laid in October/November, chicks hatched January/February and raised until they fledge September/October. The parents then have a year off.

• Viewing royal albatrosses at Pukekura contributes to eco-tourism in Dunedin

• Chicks fledge in September and don't come back for 4-7 years.

Pukekura is an unmissable wildlife paradise. The headland is home to the korora (Little Blue Penguin) Colony, the Royal Albatross Colony, a seal colony and nine types of nesting birds with over 20 species spotted around the area.

Living at Pukekura:

Native/Endemic: Spotted Shag, Royal Spoonbill, Little Shag, NZ Fur Seal, Oystercatcher, Red-billed gull, Northern Royal Albatross, Black-backed Gull, Sooty Shearwater, Fantail, Stewart Island Shag, Little Blue Penguins, Paradise Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Welcome Swallow, Wax Eyes, Grey Warbler.

Introduced: Little Owl, Starlings, Blackbird, Hedge Sparrow, Skylark, Song Thrush

Visits Pukekura:

Australian Gannet, Giant Petrel, NZ White-capped Albatross, Bullers Mollymawk, Australasian Harrier, Yellow-eyed Penguin, White-faced Heron, White-fronted Tern, NZ Sea Lion, Elephant Seal.

Please donate and assist Otago Peninsula Trust, NZ's First Private Charitable Trust established in 1967, with it's projects to protect wildlife and heritage assets and share them with locals and their visitors.

More about us

Otago Peninsula Trust's mission is to 'Preserve and Enhance Otago Peninsula'. The trust is a guardian and careful custodian of Otago Peninsula wildlife and heritage assets which it manages to benefit the wider environment and community. The Trust operates the Royal Albatross Centre, Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, and has joint ventures with Blue Penguins Pukekura and Fletcher House. The trust works to provide education programmes for the next generation of environmental caretakers.

Latest update

Albatross watching during isolation  27 March 2020

Posted by: Otago Peninsula Trust

Kia ora albatross whanau and friends

How are you? We've been thinking about all our fans and supporters during this difficult time and hoping you are keeping safe and well.

We recommend a good dose of albatross watching to help get through the days - make sure you tune into the Royal Albatross webcam 'Royalcam'! The celebrity chick is doing well, despite the teenage parties and occasional feline visitor. There have been quite a few windy days so we've been seeing some wonderful inspiring flying.

Keep safe, well and happy xx

Sophie for the Royal Albatross Team

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Latest donations

  • Lorraine

    Lorraine 5 days ago


    Hi, I was due to come from Australia again this year & did receive a refund of the entry. However I would like to donate as a way of helping. I loved the visit last year & look forward to when I can return.


    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Lorraine Thank you so much for this very generous donation. It is a beautiful and heartwarming gesture, especially as you are unable to visit us at the moment. We really appreciate your support during a very challenging time, when we are all a bit shellshocked! Hope you are enjoying watching the albatross webcam and we shall hope to see you again very soon! All the best Sophie for the albatross team xx

  • James

    James on 20 Mar 2020


    I remember listening to REM's Nightswimming while driving from Dunedin to the Royal Albatross Centre.


    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora James What a lovely memory - I love that song! Its so beautiful and evocative, perfect for a drive to the albatross. I also recommend Fleetwood Mac's Albatross funnily enough. Its another fitting song :-) Thanks so much for your very generous donation, its wonderful of you to support us and our work - we really appreciate it. Hope you are keeping safe and well in these challenging times. We recommend watching the live webcam Royalcam for a lovely moment or too xx Sophie for the Royal Albatross team

  • Carol Goodsole

    Carol Goodsole on 15 Mar 2020



    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Carol Thanks so much for all of your ongoing support - we appreciate it so much. Hope you are keeping well and safe in these challenging times. xx Sophie

  • Sarah

    Sarah on 25 Feb 2020


    Thanks for all the hard work you do


    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora Sarah Thank you so much for your very generous donation. We really appreciate your support so much! Hope you are keeping an eye on the Royalcam and watching the chick grow bigger each day - its quite an adventure isn't it! Hope you are keeping safe and well : -) xx Sophie for the Royal Albatross Team

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 21 Feb 2020


    If you enjoy the WebCams so much, it’s only fair to pay a bit for the enjoyment. From Scotia, NY


    • Otago Peninsula Trust

      Kia ora - what a lovely sentiment, we really appreciate your support and enjoyment of the albatross Royalcam : -) Thank you so very much for your very kind gift! Your donation will be so helpful to the DOC Rangers as they work hard to look after the albatross and help them with their breeding success. We're raising funds to help the rangers with their work this season - we've 25 beautiful albatross chicks who are doing well. Lets hope for another fantastic season this time. Hope you're enjoying the live webcam, Royalcam - isn't a wonderful view of albatross life- we're all glued to it watching what happens with the world's most watchable royal family! All the best Sophie For the Royal Albatross Centre Team

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