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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Open Now: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Fish & chip cruise

Lots of fun cruising on the harbor for two hours. Dark by the time we came back & the city lights... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Timaru; New Zealand
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Lovely short cruise

Went on the hour long cruise. Knowledgeable staff with a good commentary to see Royal Albatross... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Derek S
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“boat trip”(46 reviews)
“wellers rock”(37 reviews)
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 yesterday via mobile

Lots of fun cruising on the harbor for two hours. Dark by the time we came back & the city lights were very cool. Great sounds being played on the speaker system. Friendly staff, cheap drinks. Just not enough food provided for the amount of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on the hour long cruise. Knowledgeable staff with a good commentary to see Royal Albatross plus several different shags and also the Royal Spoonbill. Heartily recommend the trip. It got a bit bouncy for a few minutes but overall it was great.

Thank Derek S
Reviewed 30 July 2018

I really like penguins and wanted to see the Yellow Eyed penguins they have in this part of New Zealand, so we booked the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour with Penguin Place during a spring cruise. I did see the penguins and more. We met the...More

Thank Lynne M
Reviewed 21 July 2018

I did the entire tour yesterday - 20.07.2018 – starting with Larnach Castle, the boat trip with stunning views of the Peninsula and the ocean and at the end of the day I visited the Penguin Center. I had the best time and enjoyed every...More

Thank MiriamSpengler
Reviewed 14 July 2018

4 hours of enjoyable harbour cruising with excellent and highly interesting commentary along the way, history, natural history, geography and more. Plenty of wildlife to see also. really hospitable & knowledgeable hosts in Buddy & Aaron; thanks guys. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Thank DKnelson2018
Reviewed 13 July 2018

We arrived in Dunedin on board a cruise ship and took this harbour cruise which left the jetty close to where our ship was moored. The cruise was on a small boat out to the entrance to the harbour to view albatross nests (with young...More

Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

While in Dunedin we went to the isite to book a tour of the Larnach castle. Since we were on foot, she recommended Monarch tours. Then we were upsold to the wildlife cruise, and then they totally hooked us when they said penguins. The gentleman...More

Thank Kenneth O
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Took the 60 minute cruise and highly recommend. It is a small boat so not too many people. We saw cormorants, seals, seal pups, albatrosses, and other sea birds. Binoculars and warm coats are provided. Commentary was excellent and the staff were friendly and circled...More

Thank Kay C
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I loved this cruise. We were lucky enough to have the most beautiful weather and also an albatross on board! The albatross had crash landed, wss rescued, rested and was being released. Buddy's commentary was excellent, very informative and he pointed out...More

Thank ering450
Reviewed 12 June 2018 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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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