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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Fabulous informative cruise

Absolutely fantastic cruise with all efforts made to ensure passengers had the opportunity to see... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2018
Kim M
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Wonderful people. Great trip.

The wildlife was magnificent but even more the people involved in taking us on our tour were the... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2018
Stella W
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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 24 March 2018 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic cruise with all efforts made to ensure passengers had the opportunity to see and photograph the promised wildlife. Great informative commentary, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. 10/10!!

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

The wildlife was magnificent but even more the people involved in taking us on our tour were the best. Their local knowledge, kindness and consideration were simply outstanding. Great trip.

Thank Stella W
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MonarchWildlife, Owner at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thanks very much !! Neil

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We took the trip involving a drive from Dunedin through the Otago peninsula, stopping first at Penguin Place then taking a boat trip near to Taiaroa Head then finally the boat back to Dunedin. First class organisation throughout with excellent commentary and wildlife spotting opportunities....More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Absolutely superb. I took my family from Wales on the trip. It was the highlight of their NZ trip. Fantastic crew with a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Monarch cruises is a good way to see the Otago peninsula and it's abundent wildlife. I took the 1/2 day tour which included going to the yellow eyed penguin sanctuary and takes you on a cuise off the albatross site and then cruises you back...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

We boarded the Monarch boat to view the wildlife on the Otago Peninsula and what a wonderful trip.We saw albatross,seals,and had a pod of dusky dolphins jumping and performing for quite a while beside the boat. The crew where so professional and knowledgable with their...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Great fun and they have grrat knowledge.. but look at the Doc webcam before going to check the weather and if birds are present. Great view of the coast and seals and nature. Take a camera with a great lens..More

Thank Mikeauknz
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MonarchWildlife, Owner at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Its a good idea to look at DoC RoyalCam but also check Chalmers Marine forecast on MetService or ring us 0800 666272. DON'T be put off by rain or cool strong southerly wind because that's when the albatross fly best!!! They are the original; riders...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Fantastic trip this afternoon. Only 4 people on the cruise and the weather was fantastic. We saw Hectors dolphins, Royal albatross, fur seals and sea lions. Our skipper was Jurgen - he did an awesome job and our guide was Shaun who was super knowledgable.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Whilst I did see some Albatrosses and other wildlife, I spent most of my time staring at the backs of other tourists who drew poll seating on the raised bow of this tiny vessel. Other elderly patrons from our tour were stuck at our the...More

Thank William S
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MonarchWildlife, Owner at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for modifying your initial review to remove the abusive language towards other guests. I'm sorry that you had so much problem seeing, and don't understand why. Your original photographs show that you both could have stood holding onto the rail of the seat...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

An excellent trip with a very knowledgeable crew who took great pleasure ensuring everyone had the best opportunity to see albatrosses and the other wildlife on show.

Thank Dave E
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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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