Royal Albatross Centre & Fort Taiaroa
Taiaroa Head, at the peninsula’s northern tip, has the world’s only mainland royal albatross colony, along with a late 19th-century...
Nature’s Wonders Naturally
What makes the improbably beautiful beaches of this coastal sheep farm different from other important wildlife habitats is that (apart...
Situated on private farmland, this reserve protects nesting sites of the yellow-eyed penguin. Ninety-minute tours focus on penguin...
Fort Taiaroa information
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.