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Monarch Wildlife Cruise provided by Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

Monarch Wildlife Cruise
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97% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
1h
Group size:
50
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 195993P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Complimentary warm & waterproof jackets
  • Use of high quality binoculars
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Entry/Admission - Dunedin
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • 813 Harington Point Road, Otakou 9077, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Contact us if you are concerned about mobility or in a wheelchair
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Inclusions
  • Complimentary warm & waterproof jackets
  • Use of high quality binoculars
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Entry/Admission - Dunedin
Departure details
  • 813 Harington Point Road, Otakou 9077, New Zealand
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Contact us if you are concerned about mobility or in a wheelchair
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    813 Harington Point Road
    813 Harington Point Road, Otakou 9077, New Zealand
    See address & details
  • 1
    Taiaroa Head
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Monarch Wildlife Cruises - Wellers Rock Wharf
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Marie-Christine G
Ruby Bay, New Zealand98 contributions
Sep 2020
It was a windy day however Captain Nigel was great at minimizing the discomfort of the tide and waves. His calm voice also shared his knowledge of local wildlife. September is not the ideal time for viewing but we did see Albatross and seals. Great trip out around the Lighthouse. Thoughtful to provide blankets and binoculars.
Written 5 October 2020
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Vikki_dunedin
10 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Our family recently went on this cruise and the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. The skippers soothing tone as he narrated our journey, along with the rolling waves was very relaxing. The only improvement would have been a wine which I would have purchased had it not been for the distraction of my own children. Who by the way, were kept well entertained with binoculars and wildlife spotting. The crew then provided refreshments and hot chocolates to warm the hands after enjoying the crisp Dunedin elements. Thanks yo Trudy, Nigel, Aaron and crew. 10/10
Written 8 September 2020
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Greynomad_10
Sydney, Australia112 contributions
Feb 2020
We were lucky to see all of the advertised sealife. This was made possible by the spotting skills of professional crew members. We were all provided with binoculars, warm jackets and hot drinks. Commentary by the captain was excellent and he took trouble to manoeuvre the vessel to everyone's best advantage. We booked the excursion through the Cunard tour desk and would recommend this one above the Black Cat similar offer in Akaroa.
Written 20 February 2020
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shereehawk
1 contribution
Oct 2021
We loved this! The commentary was informative and the crew were helpful in pointing out different wildlife. I thought it was great when the captain spotted 'something' in the water and said we'd go for a look - turned out to be nothing but how good that they took the chance anyway.

We were also running late and appreciated that the crew called us for an ETA rather than leaving us behind. They definitely didn't have to wait and it was awesome that they were so considerate. Highly recommend this fun wee tour, our six year old said it was the best day of her life :)
Written 9 October 2021
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MonarchWildlife
Thanks for coming out with us Sheree! Your six year old definitely gave us a fantastic review, I am thrilled to hear it. We always try to make sure everyone gets the best possible experience, even if they're running a little late ;)
Written 21 January 2022
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redjasper
168 contributions
It's very easy booking the one hour cruise at the office in Dunedin centre. I added Penguin Place as a combo deal upon recommendation by the young man who served me, and think that is worth while.

I opted to park nearby instead of taking the scheduled bus from Dunedin. There are several spaces to park as most people were from a cruise and took the bus. That made it easy to pop myself over to Penguin Place after the trip. Hence, it was a full boat, but I found myself a good seat right at the back. The pilot zigzagged the coastline so people on both sides of the boat managed to see the seals, birds and other wildlife.

It was a very choppy ride and I was glad to have my jumper and raincoat! Despite the bumpy waves, the guide continued his knowledgeable and informative dialog calmly over a loud speaker. He answered all our questions and ensured everyone was comfortable throughout the trip.

I've learned lots about challenges local wildlife faces and feel the hour-long cruise is value for money.
Written 20 February 2020
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John H
Montgomery Village, MD136 contributions
Feb 2020
We did the Monarch Otago Bay Wildlife cruise as part of a Viking cruise. The hosts (Aaron 1, Aaron 2 and Sean, I think) were excellent. The cruise is dependent on the wild animals showing up, and the crew does a remarkable job of spotting the various birds and mammals, pointing them out and keeping them in sight. Also, the captain maneuvers the boat around and around so that everyone gets the opportunity to see (and photograph) the subjects.

It was a perfect day, sunny and in the 70’s, with little wind. We saw a lot: albatross and their flight and ground dances, plus dolphins, fur seals, sea lions, cormorants (shags), terns and even a small, shy, blue penguin.

They have binoculars for your use as well as extra coats with hoods in case the weather turns and you weren’t as well-prepared as you thought!

As we headed back to the dock, the crew served us some very nice tea or coffee and scones, a perfect end to a great cruise. I can’t say enough about how friendly and helpful all the crew were. If you are in Dunedin, this is a must do!
Written 2 March 2020
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Radhika K
Durham, NC25 contributions
Dec 2019
We took this boat cruise as an add-on to our Peninsula Encounters tour by Elm Wildlife Tours. It was an amazing experience. The captain of the boat was very skilled in positioning the boat for the best views and the guides on the boat were very helpful in showing us where to look for the birds in flight. They were very kind to provide warm jackets as well as binoculars for us to view the saline and birds. We were able to see the amazing Royal Albatross circling the lighthouse on the Taioroa Head which is at the end of the Otago Peninsula. We got a lovely display of a few Hector Dolphins racing alongside our boat in a playful mood. Highly recommend this tour if you are in Dunedin.
Written 14 January 2020
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Thank you for coming out with us, it sounds like you had a great time. Our staff are extremely proud to show our visitors the amazing variety of wildlife we have here in Dunedin. Chris Operations Manager
Written 14 January 2020
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MayadeviCochin
Cochin11 contributions
Nov 2020
The crew went over and above, supplying coats and binoculars, and drinks and snacks are available. It was an exciting journey, down the central part of Dunedin Harbor, out to the headlands, with the full display of wild sea-bird life on offer.
The staff are friendly and informative, so the journey was most pleasant. This tour is great for both tourists and locals alike, and currently it is great value for money. I cannot recommend it any more. Simply a great afternoon out and the harbor and wild headlands, and all that inhabit it, are highly scenic and interesting.
Written 6 November 2020
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capitolnz
Wellington, New Zealand17 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Wow, what a truly amazing experience. Every Kiwi should do this cruise, such excellent value and true kiwi hospitality. It was absolutely amazing to see the Albatross soar above the boat. The cruise commentary by the skipper was genuine and extremely informative. Probably the best little secret in Dunedin, I will be letting all my friends and family know to do this cruise whenever they next come south. Don’t be afraid of doing this in a cold southerly - best time to see the albatrosses soaring and they provide you with comfy warm coats to wear!
Written 8 March 2021
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MonarchWildlife
We pride ourselves on being a small kiwi-owned business and really appreciate the support from our fellow New Zealanders! THANK YOU for the awesome review.
Written 12 May 2021
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Roci
Central Otago, New Zealand6 contributions
Feb 2020
We have amazing day with the Monarch Wildlife team. The trip was a gift from our family member. Our departure time was scheduled at 3 PM on the day but we were there early and lucky that there were available spots for us to hop in the boat rather than waiting until 3 PM. The team is friendly, knowledgeable, and super helpful. They provided a ton of the commentaries and the facts along the trip. The trip took about 1 hour and we went around the pacific ocean which was beautiful scenery. The weather was a bit wet, chilly and windy but we have been told that it was suitable for a cruising day to see the wildlife animals. And yes, we saw many wildlife animals such as New Zealand Fur Seals, four types of Albatrosses, Hector Dolphins. In general, that was great trip and highly recommended. Make sure you grab a jacket with you.
Written 15 February 2020
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Jet606781
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Peninsula encounters and albatross tour
Awesome full day tour. Thanks to driver Rob for his extensive local knowledge! Wonderful experience to see baby alb
John L
John L
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What an amazing company and experience
Monarch has taken customer service to a new level!! Last August i booked three places on the City to Sea tour thro
Charlotte M
Charlotte M
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A must-do in Dunedin!
We cannot recommend the City to Sea Tour enough! We had a wonderful time travelling by minibus with David along the
123Rovinj
123Rovinj
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Absolutely amazing!!
Great tour. Loved the drive along the peninsula to Larnach''s Castle, plenty of time for house tour and good look a
110janew
110janew
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Would highly recommend
Great little one hour boat trip around the rocks by the albatross colony. We saw the albatross in flight and could
Paul H
Paul H
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Awesome Wildlife Experience - a must see!
Fantastic experience on the Monarch with Buddy and the crew. There was so much albatross flying all around and lan
Noozealand
Noozealand
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Great afternoon trip.
What a great afternoon. Both bus drivers (one there and the other on the way back) were full of local knowledge and
Whio_NZ
Whio_NZ
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Happy Punters
My wife and I both really enjoyed the Sea 2 City tour. All the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and passionate ab
CollRr
CollRr
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An outstanding day tour
This tour of the Otago Peninsula is not to be missed. It included history of the area, beautiful views, a guided to
Zulu3652
Zulu3652
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Great Trip Down the Harbour
Wonderful, knowledgable and friendly crew make this cruise a pleasure. My favourite part was cruising around Tairo
PatDantas
PatDantas
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Awesome guides. Great experience.
Our guides Trudy and Rob were excellent. Rob, in particular, was a fountain of knowledge on Larnach castle and the
Sand_51714
Sand_51714
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Excellent
We were picked up at I-site by Craig who drove us to the Albatross centre very informative guy pointed out loads of
startwithaclick2015
startwithaclick2015
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So good, just book
Amazing adventure with Monarch Cruises, very professional and helpful right through from initial enquiry to the end
trevor m
trevor m
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Not to be missed experience
The guide was very knowledgable about the area and the castle. He toured us around the castle and then left us to e
sara_fearon
sara_fearon
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Absolutely fabulous
Fantastic day, learnt a lot saw awesome things, was well taken care if. Definitely recommend as it was just the bes
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