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“A Royal Trip!”

Port To Port Cruises And Wildlife Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience Otago Harbour and beyond........... Experience for yourself the unique natural attractions that Dunedin has to offer by joining one of our world class Otago Harbour cruises.  We offer 2 hour cruises around the Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head, wildlife capital of New Zealand. We also offer a harbour ferry service from Portobello to Port Chalmers, return.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

An excellent tour with Richard who was so knowledgeable about the wildlife and the environment. The whole trip was a real pleasure and we saw and learnt so much, particularly about the Royal albatross and their amazing the gliding skills!

Date of experience: November 2018
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RachelM6122, Owner at Port To Port Cruises And Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! And for your compliments! We are very pleased that you had a great experience! It was our pleasure to show you around!
Rachel

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Reviewed 26 October 2018

This was a truly fabulous, exciting and very instructive trip. I had been a bit hesitant as I am prone to travel sickness even in a car or bus but although I'd come armed with ginger beer I need not have worried. It was an incredibly stable and smooth trip even when we ventured right out into the Pacific Ocean following albatross and other wildlife - I didn't get even a hint of seasickness.

Rachel was an incredible skipper taking us in really close to see fur seals, shags and albatross to name just a few and was able to keep the boat steady while we looked through the binoculars provided as part of the trip. She knew exactly where to take us and was absolutely awesome at spotting the different birds and then zero-ing in on them so quickly - it seemed to me that her boat the "Sootychaser" is incredibly manoeuvrable which added to the excitement as we were able to follow some of the albatross as they skimmed the waves looking for the thermal to lift them up to the top of headland.

Rachel's commentary was wonderfully informative - she knew exactly which flight paths the albatross would take based on the wind direction and was able to point out one less experienced albatross who was finding it difficult to get the lift to enable it to make it to the top of the cliff - honestly it was amazing and I breathed a big sigh of relief when she was able to confirm that it had made it to the top.

There were a good number flying around and she pointed out the different activities of some of the ones we could see - some that appeared to be pairs, others sky calling and others maybe still looking for their mate and others returning for the first time since they'd fledged from there years before. It was so good to have the commentary on the wildlife but also the scenery we were passing and some of the early history of the harbour - Quarantine Island and shipwrecks; on our cruise we were lucky enough to call in to pick up some passengers from Quarantine Island and taxi them to Back Beach which meant we got to get up close to the port and the big ships.

We had an amazing encounter with a huge sea lion too which Rachel had expertly spotted feasting on a skate and when she slowed the boat for us to watch it more closely it came right up to the side of the boat almost eyeballing us!

It really was a thrilling trip. Rachel's enthusiasm was contagious and I felt that she was enjoying the trip every bit as much as we were and whenever we got the chance to see something close she was in no hurry to race us on to the next spectacular sight - it was personal and deeply rewarding.

The fact that the cruise starts from Portobello too is an added attraction as it's only a 20 minute drive from the city and then you're straight out onto the harbour and into the cruise thus avoiding another 20 minutes of windy road before getting out onto the water. And for visitors to Dunedin that still leaves plenty of time to do other things.

It was a memorable experience. The "Sootychaser" is a really comfortable and incredibly stable boat. As someone who lives locally this cruise is now my Number One recommendation to friends and family who ask for advice on what to do when they visit Dunedin. I can't wait for my next trip!

DW

Date of experience: October 2018
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RachelM6122, Owner at Port To Port Cruises And Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thank you so much for your very detailed and complimentary review! And especially for taking the time and though to write it! Its much appreciated. Your review can help others to know what to expect during our cruises and help us to know also, what we are doing right, so can keep getting it right!
Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing you onboard again in the future!
Rachel

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Reviewed 14 October 2018

WOW! As a local I am in awe of what we say today! We had the most amazing experience aboard Port to Port Cruises with the lovely and very knowledgable Rachel at the helm!

On the tour we were lucky enough to see two Hectors Dolphins, swimming alongside the boat, albatrosses in full flight, so close as they skimmed the water with their huge wing spans. We saw seals and countless birds all of which Rachel knew and gave us so many facts and information about the wildlife and our surroundings.

We were in a group with children ranging from 2-13 and there was something amazing to see for everyone. The toddler was entertained for two hours inside and outside of the cabin, bird spotting and the most prized part of the day seeing those hectors dolphins! The cabin was toasty and warm when we needed to get warm but outside we were still sheltered and it was just as comfortable.

Rachel, what an incredible experience, thank you so much for our tour today, you were the heart and soul of the trip and I could see how knowledgable and passionate you are in your field. Highly reccomend this to locals and of course visiters to Dunedin you will not be disappointed! and I must add VERY child friendly!

Date of experience: October 2018
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RachelM6122, Owner at Port To Port Cruises And Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

Thank you so much for your wonderful review!
Its a pleasure to show what we have here on Otago Harbour and the incredible wildlife we are so lucky to have. Its hard to not be passionate about it!
I am so pleased you had such a great experience with us and thank you very much for taking the time to write such a great and detailed review!
Rachel:)

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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We did the wildlife cruise with Rachael and it was amazing! The boat was lovely and warm, and so comfortable. Rachael has so much knowledge and makes an awesome guide. We will definitely be back xx

Date of experience: October 2018
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RachelM6122, Owner at Port To Port Cruises And Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to respond and recommend us!
I am so pleased you enjoyed yourself enough to want to do it again!
Rachel

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Reviewed 7 October 2018

I grabbed the ferry from a great ride out to Portobello across to Back Beach. It was easy to load my bike onto the bike rack and a unique way to complete a Sunday ride. Rachel was very friendly and welcoming - the ferry crossing this time had quite a few kids on it and she grabbed their attention before we had even left the wharf talking about the ship wrecks!

Within the 10 minute crossing she used an excellent PA system to talk about some of the local history and sites that we went past. At Back Beach, she took the time to make sure that everyone knew how to follow the brief walk to town and what time to be back.

If you are wanting to take a bike then I suggest booking in advance, actually considering how popular it was it would be best to book in advance with or without a bike :)

Date of experience: October 2018
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RachelM6122, Owner at Port To Port Cruises And Wildlife Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to respond and for the practical tips for other travelers!
We are so pleased you had a good experience with us:)
Thanks again:)
Rachel:)

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