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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Dunedin, New Zealand
About Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
The crew of Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours take great pride in getting our guests closer to unique southern ocean wildlife and spectacular local scenery. The Otago Peninsula and Harbour is renowned for it's breeding populations of northern royal albatross, yellow-eyed & blue penguins, NZ fur seals, sea lions, and many other wildlife species. We think cruising on the MV Monarch is the BEST way to see them.
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Tours and Tickets by Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
from US$36.10

City to Sea Tour

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3 hours 30 minutes
from US$60.16
from US$88.66

Peninsula Encounters + Wildlife Cruise

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6 hours 30 minutes
from US$113.99
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Jet606781 wrote a review Jun 2022
28 contributions
Awesome full day tour. Thanks to driver Rob for his extensive local knowledge! Wonderful experience to see baby albatrosses in the wild (thanks Otago Peninsula Trust) and the rehabilitating little yellow-eyed penguin (thanks Penguin Place). Great experience to be on Allan's Beach and see the wide variety of birdlife on the Otago Peninsula. Will come back again.
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Date of experience: June 2022
Alwyn F wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions
Everything was perfect from the booking to the skipper and crew Monarch is a very safe boat that gets you to see some amazing places A great way to spend my 70th birthday on a 70 year old Thanks
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Date of experience: April 2022
Eoin wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution
Great trip - learnt lots and saw lots - thanks so much - hope to see you again on our next visit . Really enjoyed the commentary
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Date of experience: April 2022
William Parks wrote a review Apr 2022
24 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing scenery accompanied by some magnificent wildlife. Staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. Happy Birthday MV Monarch 🍰🥳
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John L wrote a review Mar 2022
Cambridge, New Zealand212 contributions41 helpful votes
Review of: City to Sea Tour
Monarch has taken customer service to a new level!! Last August i booked three places on the City to Sea tour through one of the on-line booking agencies. In November the agency emailed me cancelling the booking saying Monarch were 'no longer running on that day.' So last week whilst in Dunedin, i was in the I-Centre and to my surprise saw the same tour advertised. To cut a long story short, i phoned Monarch who told me the agency had cancelled the booking saying the customer (me) had cancelled!!. So although the cancellation was through no fault of their own, Monarch put on a special "City to Sea"trip for the three of us. How incredible is that?? So with the boat to ourselves, we enjoyed the most amazing trip out to see the sea life and in particular the Albatrosses. What a wonderful sight they were. In the strong winds, the birds were having a wonderful time gliding over the headland Truly a wonderful spectacle. Thanks to Buddy and Tim for their hosting us on the boat and to Monarch as a whole for their unbelievable level of customer service. Thank you so much.
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Date of experience: March 2022
Response from MonarchWildlife, Manager at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Responded 12 Mar 2022
Thanks John for the glowing review! So happy that we could work things out and get you out there to see those amazing albatross!
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