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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Lovely trip

We booked a 4hour cruise from Dunedin.it was well organised, staff were friendly and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
pinkpepper7
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Larnach Castle and wildlife cruise

Our tour guide Bruce was amazing. Really knowledgeable and looked after his charges well. Lovely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MarkandCherie H
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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 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a 4hour cruise from Dunedin.it was well organised, staff were friendly and attentive. Commentary very helpful.Saw some wildlife during the cruise. Although the weather was cold and wet waterproof jackets hotdrinks and a well placed heater kept us warm. Well recommended.🖒🖒

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide Bruce was amazing. Really knowledgeable and looked after his charges well. Lovely guy

Thank MarkandCherie H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were driving passed the wharf as the boat pulled in and decided to stop. Am so glad we did because the hour long trip to see the albatross was magical. We were lucky to have great weather, calm seas and only a score of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spur of the moment decision. Saw more birds than expected. Great skipper and crew. Suggest choose your day weather wise!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rob picked me up right on time and took me to my destinations, all while giving me lots of local information about what we saw along the way. He stopped over to let me take pictures and even guided me on one stop. If you...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent afternoon which was enhanced by the attitude of all the staff involved. My wife had a knee problem which meant that she could not participate fully, however, all the staff made her feel included and made sure that someone was with her at all...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This trip our to the albatross colony was more than we expected. Amazing being on the sea with the albatross flying right across the boat and the variety of other bird life was just so interesting. We appreciated the binoculars for a close up view...More

Thank Ivy F
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

We were there on a particularly cold and stormy day. The crew did everything they could to maximize our comfort, including excellent raincoats, hot drinks, and cookies! We saw many seabirds, including albatross feeding their chicks, and fur seal pups. Can’t imagine how nice this...More

Thank Ann Z
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely informative cruise to the Albatross colony. Captain and crew very helpful with lots of knowledge on birds. Saw lots of Albatross at the colony and even managed to see dolphins. It was an amazing cruise. Nice cup of complementary tea as well....More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

We were on a photographic trip and the crew really stood out as professional and careful. They were constantly scanning the horizon to be able to spot the birds and seals for us. Warm coats and hot tea were welcome even though it wasn't really...More

Thank skysearcher
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MonarchWildlife, Owner at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Thanks! Majestic starts to describe them!

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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
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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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