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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
+64 3-477 4276
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Great experience

We had the best time today. Started with a trip to Penguin Place and then spent some time checking... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Annette M
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Nature trip

We boarded the boat about 50 steps from the cruise ship. Life jackets, binoculars, sunscreen and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Apex, North Carolina, United States
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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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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had the best time today. Started with a trip to Penguin Place and then spent some time checking out the beautiful Albatross gliding above. There were also some fur seals and we stopped for a little blue penguin on the way back. The guides...More

Thank Annette M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We boarded the boat about 50 steps from the cruise ship. Life jackets, binoculars, sunscreen and jackets were provided. We certainly didn’t need the jackets. A wildlife guide was provided . He and two others kept watch for birds, seal, and dolphins. We saw the...More

Thank Kathleen598
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a combined Larnach Castle, Wildlife Cruise package. Larnach Castle was disappointing as a destination, but our guide gave a good description of the stories of the Larnach family. Whilst the wildlife cruise failed to locate any albatross, it was a pleasant boat trip...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This boat takes you to the sea side of the nesting area for the royal albatross. There was not enough wind for them to fly when we were there. It is a better view of the nesting area than from the royal albatross center, but...More

Thank Julietravelsalot
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the sundowner package and were picked up from our Dunedin motel. Tim drove us out along the Otago peninsula, sharing a lot of history with us along the way, to board the boat for a one hour cruise around Taiaroa Head. We saw...More

Thank plevett2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the one hour cruise as part of an AATKings tour itinerary. The real feature are the huge albatross that hang out on the point of land. The skipper managed to get us quite close so we were also able to have a good...More

Thank 10RogerTheLodger10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked the sundowner package. We were picked up at iSite (pickup at accommodation possible) and started with a nice ride over Otago Peninsula with lots of information already. Next, we went on the Albatross boat tour, where we had phantastic viewings and a very...More

Thank Rinrintin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this combination of bus and boat tours. Excellent value for money. We had beautiful weather and enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly guides who clearly love their jobs and enjoyed helping us to get the most out the trip (thanks to Paul, Brendan and...More

Thank Fiona S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a 1 hour cruise on Saturday and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect, ok not so much for seeing the Northern albatross because they need the windy conditions out at sea, but perfect in that the water was fairly calm and Captain...More

Thank mooseandbok2006
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you are visiting Dunedin there are a few musts - see the Royal Albatross, visit the yellow eyed penguin sanctuary to see both yellow eyed and blue eyed penguins, visit with fur seals - and see the Larnach Castle! Monarch is a one stop...More

Thank Susie K
MonarchWildlife, Front Office Manager at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Susie K for joining us and leaving such a great review. We totally agree with your "one stop shop" description, couldn't have said it better ourselves. We really pride ourselves on having an option for all ages, interests and schedules. Chris Monarch Wildlife...More

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Sue G
3 February 2017|
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Response from Patrick N | Reviewed this property |
Yes it should do, as the trip lasts an hour. Staff are very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
12 January 2016|
Response from MonarchWildlife | Property representative |
Hi Feldene, I believe I have answered your other question - which covers this one. Kind regards, Chris Monarch Wildlife Cruises
12 January 2016|
Response from MonarchWildlife | Property representative |
Hi Feldene, Sorry for the slow reply. We offer wildlife cruises and tours within Dunedin. Unfortunately we don't cruise to other places in New Zealand. Find out more at out website or call us.