The Northern Royal Albatross/Toroa colony at Taiaroa was protected soon after it first established itself there in the 1930s. Out of 24 species of albatross there are 14 that breed in Aotearoa, which is more than any other place in the world. The Northern Royal Albatross only breeds in Aotearoa, here at Taiaroa and offshore in the Chatham Islands. With a wingspan of over 3 metres, this is the largest seabird in the world, capable of flying 6000 km a week. It is also long-lived: one bird studied at Taiaroa, known as ‘Grandma’, raised her last chick at the age of 62.