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Address: Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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The crew of Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours take great delight and pride...

The crew of Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours take great delight and pride in getting our guests closer to our unique southern ocean wildlife, and to our glorious scenery.The Otago Peninsula and harbour is renowned for it's breeding populations of Northern Royal Albatross, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Little Blue Penguins, furseals, sealions, and many other birds and mammals.Cruising on the MV Monarch is a great way to see them.

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It's all about the birds!

First massive apologies to the ladies in the booking office, names not stored, collected, asked for even, huge apologies in fact, really poor. That said from their beaming smiles... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Paul, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First massive apologies to the ladies in the booking office, names not stored, collected, asked for even, huge apologies in fact, really poor. That said from their beaming smiles to 'Murray' (I used to be a secondary school teacher, talk quite a bit and yes do did but all excellent!) the bus driver, who delivered us to the boat, whilst... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

To get to the boat is a really nice drive along the coast, about 40 minutes. Our drive back was along the inland route and it's a great way to see more of the area. A big shout out to David who entertained us the whole way. We had fairly bad weather for the cruise but apparently it worked in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked for the afternoon and had a bus ride along the high road where we saw spectacular views of the peninsula and had the opportunity to get out and take pictures. The boat trip was really great, we saw 2 types of albatross, fur seals and their pups, and a little blue penguin. The staff on both the boat... More 

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MonarchWildlife, Owner at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this review

Thanks Claire - we're pleased you enjoyed the trip - bus and boat give you a good mix of scenery and wildlife. It's great to get out on a windy day as the albatross fly best in the strong wind - and that's why we have nice warm coats. Good travels! Neil More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at Wellers Rock at 1145 time enquire about a nature cruise to be told there was no-one booked on the 12pm cruise so the next one was at 2pm. We jokingly asked if they could run one at 12pm just for the two of us and the response was more then surprising......"absolutely, no problem". The cruise was awesome,... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Monarch Cruises provide a very professional and friendly experience. They were able to give very interesting and detailed information on the Albatross breeding grounds, together with the fur seals which were still suckling their young. The Albatross could easily be seen nesting on the headland and many of them swooped above us, showing their enormous wing span of up to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing trip, discovered our 8 yr old gets sea sick. But we did see Shaws, Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross, well worth it. Definitely will do it again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were so lucky! Only my mother and me on the boat with the guide and the skipper. Was great to watch the majestic albatross sailing in the wind. The fur seals with their puppies were cute aswell. Really worth going!

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked the trip on line before visiting Dunedin, selecting the harbour tour without penguin breeding sanctuary, my partner would not be able ton manage the walking. Discussed the accommodation of a wheelchair, and all was sorted. Monarch were using their Vivienne J boat which is a smaller vessel. Picked up at the iCentre and driven the short distance to the... More 

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MonarchWildlife, Owner at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this review

Thanks William Vivienne J is a great alternative to the Monarch - you don't get out on the bow but you get closer to the water at the open stern so it can be nice and intimate. You were indeed lucky to see dolphins and penguins as well as albatross and seals - not to mention the wild and elusive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the second time I have taken a grip on them on our cruise and again it for a field all expectations very good organisation and time keeping. Should it be required wet-weather spray jackets will be provided as our good quality binoculars. The skipper provides an outstanding commentary in English and makes every effort to make sure that... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The crew was super nice and Buddy was very informative about the peninsula and the wildlife we'd be seeing. The sail through the harbor was a bit tedious and a little boring but once we got out of the harbor into open waters, we saw tons of birds including the royal albatross, shags, blue penguins and even a blue shark.... More 

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