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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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“sea birds”(70 reviews)
“boat trip”(46 reviews)
“wellers rock”(37 reviews)
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...more
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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Driven to the cruise by Rob, who gave insightful commentary about Dunedin’s history along the way. The cruise was likewise enjoyable with exposure to both Albatross and other creatures in the area. This is a must do experience if you are in Dunedin.

Thank Dad D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We booked an hours cruise and ended up being the only people on it ! The two crew Juergen and Sean were absolutely wonderful. They were knowledgeable and very careful to point out the albatross and sea lions and a special treat the Hectors Dolphins...More

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife, the biology major, scheduled this. It was fantastic! The place seemed a bit sketchy at first, but turned out to be a gem. We went out and saw the Albatross', Shags (Cormorants), and many other birds. We also caught sight of seals, and...More

Thank HappyTraveler20167
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just the four of us as its only the start of the tourist season I suppose. Buddy, the Skipper/Guide was fantastic - very knowledgable, helpful and easy to understand. The two other attendees on the boat helped to spot all the wildlife - they were...More

Thank ElizabethG4058
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to be the only two on this trip. It was windy and, cold and grey and it couldn't have been better for wildlife viewing. We had a great captain (Buddy) and tow extremely knowledgeable and passionate guides pointing out the locals...More

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were collected from our motel and all went smooth for transfer. Boat cruise was amazing!! Skipper sailed beautifully and ensured we saw as much wildlife as possible. All staff were very knowledgeable and pointed out the various wildlife to ensure everyone caught a glimpse....More

Thank NicoleIreland16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of fun cruising on the harbor for two hours. Dark by the time we came back & the city lights were very cool. Great sounds being played on the speaker system. Friendly staff, cheap drinks. Just not enough food provided for the amount of...More

Thank sherbsfamily
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Went on the hour long cruise. Knowledgeable staff with a good commentary to see Royal Albatross plus several different shags and also the Royal Spoonbill. Heartily recommend the trip. It got a bit bouncy for a few minutes but overall it was great.

Thank Derek S
Reviewed 30 July 2018

I really like penguins and wanted to see the Yellow Eyed penguins they have in this part of New Zealand, so we booked the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Penguin Place during a spring cruise. I did see the penguins and more. We met the...More

Thank Lynne M
Reviewed 21 July 2018

I did the entire tour yesterday - 20.07.2018 – starting with Larnach Castle, the boat trip with stunning views of the Peninsula and the ocean and at the end of the day I visited the Penguin Center. I had the best time and enjoyed every...More

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Mahima A
1 March 2018|
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Response from Judith P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry only saw this after your date to go. For a person with back problems it should be OK. You would need to keep a tight hold of a toddler
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