Tours and Tickets

City to Sea Tour provided by Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

City to Sea Tour
5
Book in advance
from $95.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
This is the best way to see the amazing animals and scenery found on the Otago Peninsula. Cruise one-way along the beautiful harbour and spot albatross, furseals and more during a special wildlife cruise. Then sit back and relax whilst your guide will take you the opposite direction along scenic roads back to Dunedin. A full commentary is given throughout the tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • 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, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Portuguese, 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 195993P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
A hot drink will be served during the harbour cruise portion of the trip • Complimentary binoculars are provided • Warm jackets are available for all guests • WiFi on board • Restroom on board • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry/Admission - Dunedin • Entry/Admission - Otago Peninsula
Exclusions
We do not provide a meal during your tour. Guests are welcome to bring a packed lunch with them. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from our fully licensed bar.
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Complimentary pickups are available from central city hotels, motels, backpackers and the iSite visitor information centre. We do not pickup from private addresses or AirBnBs.
20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand We have a small ticket office located on Fryatt Street. Carparks are available.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
A hot drink will be served during the harbour cruise portion of the trip • Complimentary binoculars are provided • Warm jackets are available for all guests • WiFi on board • Restroom on board • Air-conditioned vehicle • Entry/Admission - Dunedin • Entry/Admission - Otago Peninsula
Exclusions
We do not provide a meal during your tour. Guests are welcome to bring a packed lunch with them. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from our fully licensed bar.
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Complimentary pickups are available from central city hotels, motels, backpackers and the iSite visitor information centre. We do not pickup from private addresses or AirBnBs.
20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand We have a small ticket office located on Fryatt Street. Carparks are available.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
Our visitors are required to be able to step up and in to both our boat and vehicles.
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 45 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    20 Fryatt Street
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Taiaroa Head
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Otago Peninsula
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    20 Fryatt Street
    20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
    We have a small ticket office located on Fryatt Street. Carparks are available.
    See address & details
+
Popular mentions

5.0
14 reviews
Excellent
12
Very good
2
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Paul H
12 contributions
Awesome Wildlife Experience - a must see!
Apr 2021 • Couples
Fantastic experience on the Monarch with Buddy and the crew. There was so much albatross flying all around and landing on the water alongside us - fantastic!! Then the appearance of a hump back whale just added to an already awesome experience. Buddy went above and beyond today and we really appreciated it. We would rate this wildlife adventure cruise as a must do when visiting Dunedin. My only regret is my camera was just so inadequate for the many many photo opportunities!
Written 27 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
MonarchWildlife
Thanks Paul, it sounds like you struck gold with a fantastic trips! Very happy to hear the great feedback about Buddy and crew. Hopefully we will see you again one day.
Written 12 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Noozealand
New Plymouth, New Zealand1 contribution
Great afternoon trip.
Apr 2021 • Family
What a great afternoon. Both bus drivers (one there and the other on the way back) were full of local knowledge and information. The two guys on the boat were just a helpful and made us feel comfortable.
Written 22 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
MonarchWildlife
Our team really prides itself on providing the best possible experience for our guests. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice review.
Written 12 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dave A
10 contributions
Happy Punters
Mar 2021
My wife and I both really enjoyed the Sea 2 City tour. All the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the local history, environment and wildlife. It wasn't an ideal day to see the albatross (low wind conditions) but every effort was made to ensure we weren't disappointed by encountering as much wildlife as possible including; sea lions, seals, and a variety of seabird species. At the end of our journey we felt we'd received great value for money and based on our experience would (and have) highly recommend this trip to others.
Written 31 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
MonarchWildlife
The wind really helps when it comes to albatross viewing, we normally have plenty of it! Light winds generally provide great cruising conditions. Thank you for joining us and leaving an awesome review.
Written 12 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

L Doug
7 contributions
Great Trip Down the Harbour
Feb 2021
Wonderful, knowledgable and friendly crew make this cruise a pleasure. My favourite part was cruising around Tairora Head watching the amazing Royal albatross in flight and viewing all the albabtrass on their nests. Many other species of birds to be viewed as well as a colony of fur seals. Great day out. Thank you to al the Monarch staff.
Written 25 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
MonarchWildlife
Thanks for coming out with us. We truly love sharing our backyard with the local community and visitors to Dunedin.
Written 12 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

startwithaclick2015
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
So good, just book
Jan 2021
Amazing adventure with Monarch Cruises, very professional and helpful right through from initial enquiry to the end of day bus drop off. We were hesitant about weather but Chris suggested to wait til latest possible to check the weather and suggest best day for us to tour. It was fabulous and the wildlife was extraordinary. Aaron did a brilliant commentary, he and Pete are clearly passionate and knowledgeable about the Albatross and other species. I saw a couple of little blue penguins ducking and diving, that was a treat, very happy
Written 26 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
MonarchWildlife
Sounds like Chris's advice paid off! Such a nice review, we are glad we could give you such a great experience. Will pass your feedback on to our crew.
Written 12 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Judy L
Greater Wellington, New Zealand14 contributions
Stunning trip
Dec 2020
The combination of the land trip to Tairoa on the south side of the peninsula, the Tairoa tour, the hoiho visit, the Tairoa head crise and back down the harbour was the best ever trip. The guides were knowledgable and made the trip all fit together especially well. Thoroughly recomend it.
Written 31 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
MonarchWildlife
Thanks Judy, it sounds like you chose the City to Sea Tour + Penguin Place. It is such a good choice for seeing the best of Dunedin's rare and unique wildlife. Glad you had a good time with us!
Written 12 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

shigelbinks
Hamilton, New Zealand18 contributions
Great crew, lovely day
The tour guides and the crew on thr boat we so friendly and knowledgeable. We had a fantastic time seeing 3 species of Albatross, Shags, Giant Petrels, Penguins (yellow eyed and blue), seals and lots of Gulls. What an epic adventure! 🐧 🐦🦭
Written 27 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Galiya2013
Dunedin, New Zealand59 contributions
Excellent overview of Otago peninsula wildlife
Nov 2020 • Friends
Good Saturday afternoon experience
Excellent commentary and service.
Seen albatrosses, three types of shags, dolphins and fur seals
Written 29 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

M Curry
3 contributions
GREAT day on the peninsula
Oct 2020
Wonderful day and super knowledgeable guides on shore and on boat. Lots of wildlife and lots of fun!
Written 26 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

countrycharlie
Dunedin, New Zealand2 contributions
Great experience aboard the Monarch
Sep 2020
My friends and I had a lovely time aboard the Monarch.
We were treated to a calm spring afternoon on the harbour with a great running commentary from Nigel the skipper and fabulous crew Trudy and Aaron who were there to answer our queries and point out wildlife and landmarks on our way. They went out of their way to to ensure we were comfortable, providing us with warm jackets and binoculars and complimentary tea and coffee.
We saw various sea birds and seals and had a very special sighting of the royal albatross chicks in their nests at Taiaroa Head albatross colony testing their wings in the breeze and getting ready to take their much anticipated first flights.
Bring warm clothes and a hat as well as sunscreen.
Written 7 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 14
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Travelpic1957
Travelpic1957
00
Best tour ever
10 out of 10 for the whole experience. The knowledge of the skipper and crew was awesome. Spending extra time at se
MalcolmS279
MalcolmS279
00
Best day we had in Dunedin
Excellent info and spotting of birds, sea lions and seals from Aaron and Buddy. Really good warm windproof jacket
Paul H
Paul H
00
Unique experience!
What a fantastic experience on the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Buddy and the crew went above and beyond to ensure an
capitolnz
capitolnz
00
Incredible albatrosses, stunning Monarch
Wow, what a truly amazing experience. Every Kiwi should do this cruise, such excellent value and true kiwi hospital
CollRr
CollRr
00
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
PatDantas
PatDantas
00
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
00
Excellent
We were picked up at I-site by Craig who drove us to the Albatross centre very informative guy pointed out loads of
trevor m
trevor m
00
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
mcavty
mcavty
00
A bucket list must do.
Can't rate them high enough. A must do. Great value, knowledgeable friendly crew. Super vintage boat of the highe
sara_fearon
sara_fearon
00
Absolutely fabulous
Fantastic day, learnt a lot saw awesome things, was well taken care if. Definitely recommend as it was just the bes
OtagoAnimalLover2020
OtagoAnimalLover2020
00
Boating Experience
Thanks to Buddy (the skipper) and his crew mate who gave me a most enjoyable tour of the harbour and animals of the
aexconde
aexconde
00
A must-do in Dunedin!
Staff were knowledgeable and accommodating to our needs throughout the whole experience. Rob (one of the staff) kne
Hannahlee36
Hannahlee36
00
Great cruise but book tours for better rates.
It was a good trip out. Wonderful day. Smiles all around. It was quite windy but we were well dressed. I would re
MayadeviCochin
MayadeviCochin
00
Four hour Monarch tour of Dunedin harbor, great value.
The crew went over and above, supplying coats and binoculars, and drinks and snacks are available. It was an excit
trmp8r
trmp8r
00
A must-do nature and historical day-trip while in Dunedin
What a fabulous day out. Neil our guide from Monarch was very knowledgeable, polite and efficient. We managed to fi
Frequently Asked Questions about City to Sea Tour

City to Sea Tour price starts from $97.12. Discover and book City to Sea Tour on Tripadvisor

City to Sea Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book City to Sea Tour on Tripadvisor

City to Sea Tour is hosted by Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book City to Sea Tour on Tripadvisor

On average, this experience will take approximately 3h 30m. Discover and book City to Sea Tour on Tripadvisor