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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
+64 3-477 4276
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We were promised Albatross's and we was not disappointed

Following on from the visit to Penguin Place we boarded the ship late afternoon with high... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
John B
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Brown Heath
Fabulous land and water experience

My wife and I took a day-long tour to the Royal Albatross Centre and Penguin Place on the Otago... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mitch R
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Falcon Heights, Minnesota
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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 3 days ago

Following on from the visit to Penguin Place we boarded the ship late afternoon with high expectations of seeing Albatross's. The captain (sorry forgot his name) delivered a great commentary during our journey and the small crewe were very helpful. It was a nice gesture...More

Thank John B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I took a day-long tour to the Royal Albatross Centre and Penguin Place on the Otago Peninsula followed by a wildlife cruise that brought us back to Dunedin. We had a marvelous time. Our driver in the morning, Ian, was most informative....More

Thank Mitch R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great commentary, relaxing tour, variety of wildlife including albatross flying, baby seals, sea-lions and a huge variety of wildlife and birds. Very comfortable boat, experienced crew - would highly recommend!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Opted for the 10:00 cruise from Wellers Rock after first checking that there were no cruise ships in town that day which resulted in there being plenty of room for everyone to see and move about. Binoculars provided for everyone and warm coats although the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the trip to penguin place and then the wildlife cruise back to Dunedin. We were picked up and returned from our hotel. We had an unlucky day because it rained which made much of what could have been special pretty miserable. The...More

Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This full day tour of the Dunedin area included a number of great stops. We were picked up as scheduled and taken on a informative tour of Larnach Castle - an elaborate piece of local history. This was a good start of what was a...More

Thank chris h
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the time we were picked up at our motel til we were dropped off 6 hours later we experienced great service, consideration and saw wonderful wildlife. We visited the yellow eyed penguin reserve, did the ocean cruise to see the Royal Albatross, fur seals...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely enjoyable morning. Very good guides on the boat who pointed out all sorts of birds. Fortunately for us the albatross' were out in force - they were everywhere - and it was superb to see them

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Monarch is a tour operator in Dunedin harbour. The half-day boat trip around the harbour to see some of the spectacular wildlife is a great and fairly easy trip taking in albatrosses and seals. Booking the evening before through the i-site visitor centre in Dunedin...More

1  Thank Malarchy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Greeted warmly by Sam and Nigel, they provided binoculars and warm hooded jackets. Beautiful scenery through Otago Harbour enhanced by low tide which provided opportunity to see many bird species feeding. Captain and crew provided wonderful education and spotting on the area and wildlife. The...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.
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feldene
12 January 2016|
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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
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feldene
12 January 2016|
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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.
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