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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Address: Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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+64 3-477 4276
08:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30

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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Wonderful half day tour

From the prompt and friendly pick up at our Dunedin B&B to the cruise itself, finishing with the bus trip back up the Otago Peninsula, the tour was excellent. It was organised... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Greater Melbourne, Australia

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the prompt and friendly pick up at our Dunedin B&B to the cruise itself, finishing with the bus trip back up the Otago Peninsula, the tour was excellent. It was organised, friendly and beautiful. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastically shared his experiences with visitors. It was very cold and windy, but waterproof jackets were provided, along with hot... More 

Thank 39Hillcrest
Brisbane Region, Australia
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our whole family enjoyed the visit to Larnach Castle and the wildlife component seeing albatross, seals and penguin swimming in the water. All the staff we encountered were friendly and knowledgable. I recommend this tour, even if you're not particularly in to nature - it will be a surprise highlight.

Thank ellsberg2015
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a cold day, but we were rugged up well by the staff. The tour may have only gone for an hour, but we saw so many different types of wildlife - 2 types of albatross, a blue penguin, ganets, a hector dolpin, a sea lion and fur seals. Wonderful for photography A must do for anyone.

Thank vannsandra
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the Monarch Wildlife Cruise and Larnach Castle tour, the tour was fantastic from start to finish. Clean comfortable bus with excellent driver and knowledge and approachable tour guid providing information and answering questions along the way, also providing a guided tour of Larnach Castle which has been beautifully restored. The wildlife cruise was onboard the Monarch boat... More 

Thank Adrian S
Spennymoor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived by Cruise ship (Emerald Princess) and were picked up at the newly completed Port Chalmers Cruise Terminal and taken by mini-bus to the boat just a few minutes away. As we sailed down the estuary we were given hot tea and coffee and biscuits on board whilst viewing lots of varieties of birds, including varieties of Terns and... More 

Thank Harold M
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I took a morning cruise on the Monarch from Weller's Rock on New Year's Day 2015. It was amazing how much wildlife we saw and on such a perfect sunny day, we thoroughly enjoyed it! Albatross, Shags, Seals, a Little Blue Penguin, Royal Spoonbills, Dolphins, Terns - did I mention Albatross?... I know I did but just... More 

Thank Jacqueline K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went on the half day tour, and it was fantastic! The crew was very nice and helpful. I can't express how pleased I am with the decision to book the tour. I took a beautiful scenic bus ride, then a boat wildlife tour, and then a boat ride all the way back to Dunedin. All for the same money... More 

Thank FrankDLJr
High Point, NC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just did one of Monarch's tours yesterday, and had a fantastic day! I booked the tour through Dunedin's I-site and owe the woman who helped me an apology. Monarch has numerous tours to choose from- I took the 2P (or P2?) which included Penguin Place. I had planned to take the morning tour, and when the woman at the... More 

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

Thanks marftrip - pleased you had a magic day - we are blessed to have magical animals living within our city! Pushing penguin tours to the afternoon is not usual, and the advertised times work well most of the year - but just had to be adjusted this year for a week or two. Good travels. More 

milton keynes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the final excursion of our NZ holiday and we were blessed with a gorgeous sunny morning as we set out from the harbour into the bay. Neil was an informative guide, commenting on the bird life as well as the local scenery and explaining the evolution of Dunedin from its original settlement. We saw penguins, seals, albatross (various... More 

Thank donnyMiltonKeynes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a full day tour which included a visit to the albatrosses and the penguins as well as a cruise in the harbour. David who picked us up at the hotel was very informative and entertaining. he knew his stuff and gave us lots of information as he drove us around the peninsular. the tour was well put together.... More 

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