Taiaroa Head

Taiaroa Head

Taiaroa Head is at the far northeast end of Otago Peninsula. Take scenic Harrington Point Road along the coast from Portobello to its end. The head is best known for the Royal Albatross colony, the only mainland albatross nesting site in the world. You need to pay to join a tour to access the viewpoints from within the Royal Albatross Centre. If you do go into the centre, you also get access to a restored disappearing gun emplacement from the late 1800s – the Russian scare reached Dunedin!⁠

The reserve around the centre is free to access and also worth the visit. There are nice views over the Otago Harbour towards Aramoana and out over the Pacific Ocean from the high cliffs to the east of the centre. On the day, the wind was blasting through, creating plumes off the ocean.⁠

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