Royal Albatross Centre - Harington Point, Otago, New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers
S 45° 46.575 E 170° 43.700
59G E 478879 N 4930776
Quick Description: The Royal Albatross Centre is the only mainland place in the world to view Northern Royal Albatrosses in their natural habitat. The tour includes an expert presentation, and access to the interpretation centre and albatross viewing area.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 1/3/2014 6:56:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMJVK8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The Royal Albatross Centre is the only mainland place in the world to view Northern Royal Albatrosses in their natural habitat. The tour includes an expert presentation, and access to the interpretation centre and albatross viewing area.

There is no guarantee that the albatrosses will either be nesting (approximately 60 breeding pairs nest at Taiaroa) or will be in flight. We were lucky enough to see both. Even if the birds don't show there are interesting things to do at the viewing area.

Albatrosses are an incredible species. When they are not breeding they undertake circumpolar flights in the southern oceans, and in particular like the Humboldt Current and the Patagonian Shelf. They prefer to be in grass or herbs, and their nest is a low mound of vegetation, mud, and feathers. A single egg is laid, in October or November, in a nest which takes both parents around 80 days to incubate. The chick is brooded for a month, and is ready to fledge after around 240 days. Their colonies are denser than those of any other great albatross.
Admission Fees:
60 minute guided tour is $39 for an adult, $19 for a child and $97 for a family.


Hours of operation:
11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (or dusk)


Parking: N 45° 46.572 W 170° 43.800

Services Provided:
souvenir shop, café, tours, interpretation centre, walking trails


Visit Instructions:
There will be no requirement for posting a visit; but a photo of you with your GPS or just your GPS somewhere on the museum grounds or in the museum would be fun. Preferrably at the entrance or near the museum sign. Actually going IN the museum is also NOT required for posting a log.
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