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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Open today: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Several trips in one

We had a half day 'Wildlife Cruise and Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve' that was really 3 tours in... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Seeing the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins both in the hospital and in the wild was amazing. The... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Hervey Bay, Australia
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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 14 April 2018

We had a half day 'Wildlife Cruise and Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve' that was really 3 tours in one. First we had a coach ride from the Monarch office in Dunedin around the bay and up the hills, with a couple of stops to take...More

Thank paulwithcheryl
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Seeing the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins both in the hospital and in the wild was amazing. The commentary to begin with was of the highest quality and the information detailed. Walking through the observation trenches in the hillside presented us with closeup viewing of 2...More

Thank Mumjudy
Reviewed 12 April 2018

We went on the half day Wildlife trip on a cold, showery Dunedin day but were assured by all the staff that those are the best days for seeing wildlife and they were so right. We saw 2 pods of orcas which was just amazing...More

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

That is amazing - we see Orca just a few times each year so you were lucky! We do see their smaller cousins the dusky dolphins and Hector's dolphins quite often as their territories are much smaller than Orca.

Reviewed 10 April 2018

I was in Dunedin for 5 days for a work related conference and had very little time off. For Saturday morning, my very last day, I decided to book a cruise with Monarch Wildlife Cruises in order to see the majestic Northen Royal Albatross. It...More

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

Lucky! We have seen some huge schools of fish this year - and they do attract a lot of feeding action. Great for you that you were the only passenger - but a pity more people didn't come to enjoy the autumn action. We have...More

Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Great commentary from both the skipper and the first mate! Both very knowledgeable. It was great to have coats and binoculars included. We saw three different varieties of Albatross, fur seals, sea lions and even a cute little blue penguin! Great day and a small...More

Thank Mary_Gstar
Reviewed 7 April 2018

Had an amazing hour aboard the Monarch on the wildlife tour, highlight would have to be the many albatross gliding overhead but totally enjoyed the whole experience

Thank rodglenkiwi
Reviewed 7 April 2018

We booked this tour as recommended by a friend who lives in Dunedin and we were not disappointed. We started our afternoon with a lovely drive along the Otago Peninsula. As we were the only two in our groups, we had a great time with...More

Thank AmishaCam
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great trip with Monarch Tours. They a very knowledgeable and professional. On board we were provided with binoculars and warm waterproof jackets free of charge. We saw 3 different species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, gannets and more. Wee had a clam day...More

Thank AndyM3714
Reviewed 3 April 2018

We’ve been on many such tours and would rate this as OK. As a tour, it is just adequate, but it does provide the opportunity to get some photographs that you just can't get any other way (see attached). A small boat tour took us...More

Thank IN_Travelers47906
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We spent a great afternoon taking a boat ride and then onto the albatross centre for a viewing and dinner and penguin viewing All staff were friendly and knowledgable

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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
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.
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