Royal Albatross Centre
Taiaroa Head, at the peninsula’s eastern tip, has the world’s only mainland royal albatross colony. The best time to visit is from...
Situated 1km past the albatross colony, and based on a sprawling coastal sheep farm, Nature’s Wonders runs one-hour tours taking in...
Yellow-Eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve
Activities include building nesting sites, caring for sick and injured birds, and trapping predators. Ninety-minute tours focus on...
Fort Taiaroa information
Lonely Planet review
Nearby are the remains of Fort Taiaroa and its 1886 Armstrong Disappearing Gun, built when NZ was certain a Russian invasion was imminent. The gun was loaded and aimed underground, then popped up like the world’s slowest jack-in-the-box to be fired. The Fort Taiaroa tour (adult/child/family $20/10/50) or the Unique Taiaroa Experience (adult/child/family $50/25/125) include the guns and the birds.