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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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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...more
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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Head to the right, by far the best views on our tour. Albatrosses are nearly too big to fly. They glide more easily than flap, so are out and about when its windy and struggle to take off and land in still air. We were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank readysteadyteddy
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Tour was great. Got picked up by Rob and he was super informative! Giving us commentary as we went to pick up other guests. Penguin Tour by Ra was fun! Ra told us to snap as many pics of the penguins in the ‘hospital’ as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Md Zulhilmi I
Reviewed 6 days ago

I just took a tour around the Otago Peninsula, visiting the Imperial Albatross Center, Penguin Center, some birdwatching and boat trip. Everything was fabulous! The impression is just stunning! Next time I would also choose this company if you want to see wildlife in the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Андрей З
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I searched for a company that would really be into wildlife and in particular birds. Once they understood our passion, they went above and beyond to help us view the birds/animals we came to see. We had quite a small boat (and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank V6585KCjohnb
Reviewed 1 week ago

I searched and searched for the right wildlife tour in Dunedin, and finally landed on Monarch. My husband and I were very excited for this tour. I booked one specifically for cruise ship passengers, since we would only be in Dunedin for one day via...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stephanie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are short you won’t be able to see anything. I suggested Monarch tell people to sit down, turn the boat sideways, have more seating, or have fewer passengers so people in the back could see. To make matters worse I thought one of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank menoren
MonarchWildlife, Owner at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for modifying your review to be more polite Menoren. I presume that review was what you were referring to in "I made Monarch aware of the problem."" It is not correct that we refused to make the experience better. We discussed with our skippers...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fantastic time with Monarch. I got picked up at the office in Dunedin for a bus tour of the peninsula with great commentary and information provided by Rob, he was very knowledgeable and friendly and even stopped for a good few photo opportunities....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kirsty R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really appreciate the tour, he rawe hei kitea nga kararehe me nga manu. Respect to the captain for a smooth sail also really good pronunciation with kupu Maori you guys are legends 🙂

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Departure09918783875
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We went on a 1 hour trip. We drove and parked our car at the monarch office. We saw albatross, blue penguins, sea birds and even dolphins!! The captain was seriously knowledgable about all the different species and was so friendly!! It was a tad...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Exploration491723
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Brilliant trip today and saw albatross seals petrels Royal Spoonbills and Variable Oystercatcher to name a few and I saw a dolphin. Commentary was very informative and drive back to Dunedin by coach along the Otago peninsula was beautiful despite the rain which had ceased...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Mahima A
1 March 2018|
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Response from judithp527 | 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 PatrickN225 | 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