Otago Peninsula Trust

Otago Peninsula Trust

Help us look after vulnerable Royal Albatross so they can thrive. Support wildlife care and education at the Royal Albatross Centre.


Help us fly into the future...

We need your help to support the Nature Reserve at Pukekura / Taiaroa Head - the only Royal Albatross breeding colony on a mainland anywhere in the world - it's a very special place!

Help the Royal Albatross Centre inspire the next generation of conservationists. For over 50 years we've shared the awe of seeing charismatic breeding Royal Albatross at the world's only mainland colony.

The Royal Albatross Centre is operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust, New Zealand's oldest non-profit conservation trust established in 1967. Pukekura is an unmissable wildlife paradise home to over 20 incredible marine species including Royal Albatross, Little Blue Penguins, declining Red-billed Gulls, Otago Shags, NZ Fur Seals and many more.

By donating towards our conservation efforts, you are helping us to:

• continue hosting thousands of visitors on guided tours every year

• share our love of albatross - their struggles and successes

• excite generations of students through our education programmes

• fund equipment and supplies such as squid, fish, predator traps and incubators for Department of Conservation Rangers to care for albatross

• continue to volunteer to assist Department of Conservation Rangers with their work

• ensure the colony of albatross continues to grow from a few birds to over 250 individuals today!

• advocate for vulnerable species that need protection to ensure their survival

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 November, chicks hatched January/February and raised until they fledge in September returning five years later! The parents then have a year off. Joining guided tours to view Royal Albatross at Pukekura contributes to eco-tourism in Dunedin. We proudly promote Dunedin as "The Wildlife Capital of New Zealand", encouraging people to visit and learn about these taonga species.

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Otago Peninsula Trust's mission is to 'Preserve and Enhance Otago Peninsula'. A guardian and careful custodian of wildlife and heritage to benefit the wider environment and community.

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A record season for albatross!  11 October 2023

A huge thank you to all who have donated to us in the past year!

We've managed to raise over $20,000 since the beginning of 2023 - what a mammoth effort! This has helped enormously to fund essential conservation work on the headland.

We've used over $10,000 to purchase new equipment including an incubator, albatross ID bands, and an electrical upgrade for sprinklers for the Department of Conservation Rangers, as well as a large amount of supplementary food for underweight albatross chicks.

The RAC team have gladly volunteered over 40 hours of time in assisting DOC staff to support the colony this season. Tireless efforts by rangers paid off resulting in a record number of chicks fledging for the 2022/23 season - 33 in total!

We rang the bells at 1pm Monday 25 September 2023 to welcome the new arrivals for the next breeding season.

Here's to another exciting season ahead!

All the best,

Laura Findlay

Assistant Operations / Royal Albatross Centre

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Jacob 3 days ago
Heather 6 days ago
M L 7 days ago
I visited nearly 6 years ago now. Thank you for all you do for these precious babies. Can you put up a photo of the size differences between albatross and other birds that you have on the side of your building please? Xxxx
Nathan 7 days ago
Every little bit helps

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